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Joint SDG research initiative launched

Tackling Global Challenges through Use-Inspired Research
Joint SDG research initiative - Tackling Global Challenges through Use-Inspired Research
March 27, 2017 By: F&BKP Office Image: UN

NWO-WOTRO Science for Global Development has joined forces with seven Dutch research organizations to make funding available for use-inspired research tackling global challenges to the benefit of the most vulnerable people in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs). Applications can be submitted by a senior researcher at one of the seven co-funding Dutch research organizations (Delft University of Technology, Erasmus University Rotterdam, UNESCO-IHE, University of Amsterdam, Utrecht University, VU University Amsterdam, Wageningen University & Research).

Please note that the deadline for submission is May 23, 2017. The call for proposals, application form and budget template can be downloaded at the funding page of the NWO-WOTRO website.


Through the call “Tackling Global Challenges through Use-Inspired Research” NWO-WOTRO and the co-financing research organizations aim to contribute to tangible solutions for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in one or multiple LMIC(s). Projects should result in tangible output, other than knowledge, such as tools, services, marketable products or evidence-based (policy) advices. Research projects should evolve in a process of co-creation and international collaboration to enhance sharing and use of generated knowledge.

Who can apply

Applications can be submitted by a senior researcher employed by (one of ) the co-funding research organizations. The main applicant must collaborate in a consortium executing the project and consisting of at least:

  • One of the co-funding Dutch research organizations, and;
  • One research organisation or practitioner organization located in the LMIC(s) that is (are) targeted.

Please note: Each research organization co-funding the programme can submit a minimum of two and a maximum of four proposals. Therefore, proposals can only be submitted after the approval of the research organization.

What to apply for

For each research project with a duration of four years, a maximum budget of 0.5 million euro will be made available. When two of the co-funding research organizations work together within one project, the maximum budget for such a project can amount up to 1 million euro.
Applicants can budget only for costs that directly attribute to the project:

  • Personnel costs of project staff;
  • Research costs;
  • Knowledge sharing & utilisation costs.

When to apply

The closing date for the submission of full proposals is Tuesday, 23 May 2017, 14.00 hrs(CET).



Assessment will take place on the basis of the following three criteria:

  1. Scientific quality;
  2. Relevance for development;
  3. Co-creation and knowledge sharing (and utilisation) approach.

Please see the call for proposals for more information on the criteria and their weighing.


Reviewers and rebuttal

After a formal eligibility check, proposals will be reviewed on the basis of the selection criteria mentioned above. Independent, international expert advisors (peer reviewers) will pre-assess the proposals for all criteria. At least two referees’ reports will be requested for all admissible proposals. The main applicant will be offered the opportunity to respond within five working days to the comments of the experts.


During an assessment meeting, the International Advisory Committee (IAC) will discuss all proposals, pre-assessment reports and responses thereof by the applicant, and will rank the proposals. Based on the ranking, the IAC will present an advice on funding to the Programme Committee (PC). A maximum of two proposals of each co-funding research organisation each with an overall assessment of at least “very good” will be taken into account for funding.

Funding decision

The PC will decide on funding of proposals, based on the advice of the IAC and depending the available call budget.

Extra information

Contact person at the co-funding Dutch research organizations:

  • Delft University of Technology, Dr. ir. Jennifer Kockx
  • Erasmus University Rotterdam, Prof. dr. Inge Hutter
  • Stichting IHE Delft, Dr. Wim Douven
  • University of Amsterdam, Dr. Niek Brunsveld
  • Utrecht University, Eveline Helsper
  • VU University Amsterdam, Mira Maletic
  • Wageningen University & Research, Dr. Huub Löffler

Source: NWO



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