National Funding Opportunities

Where to find funding

You can find out more about the grants and funds available in the Netherlands by checking out the websites listed below:

NWO:is the most important provider of finance for research in the Netherlands.

Click on this site to check subsidies that are currently open for application for NWO.

KNAW: The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW): awards grants for research, conference visits and stays abroad; contributes to the organizational costs of international conferences, workshops and colloquia in the Netherlands (including the Conference Grant Fund and Academy Colloquia); encourages international contacts and partnership initiatives.

agentschap NL is an agency of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, which administers a large number of grant schemes and implements sustainability and innovation-based programmes on behalf of the government. Many of these instruments are primarily aimed at the business sector, but cooperation with knowledge institutes is possible or indeed required in many cases.

Erasmus Trustfonds: The Erasmus trustfonds awards grants to PhD students and to EUR scientific staff with regard to research traineeships at a university abroad or to participation in conferences or symposiums. Please check the website for more information and for the general application provisions.

HiiL:The Hague Institute for the Internationalisation of Law (HiiL) fosters innovative and multidisciplinary research on the globalisation and internationalisation of law. HiiL encourages, initiates, facilitates, and funds research (e.g. Henry G. Schermers Fellowship Programme) and takes an active part in the international debate. 

NIAS: NIAS is an institute for advanced study in the humanities and social sciences. Each year, the Institute invites around 50 carefully selected scholars, from both from within and outside the Netherlands, to do research over a ten-month or a five-month period. Fellows carry out their research either as individuals or as part of a research theme group.

Netspar: Netspar invites proposals both with regard to visitors and to academic research grants that contain new and original work. Netspar conducts innovative scientific research on all aspects of the economics of aging.

ZonMw: The question ZonMw faces is how to improve disease prevention and health care. In this regard ZonMw funds and promotes research, development and implementation in the field.

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If you wish to apply for one of these grants, please contact the ESL Grants Office.