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The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)



The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)
De Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek

Background & policy context: 

The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO Dutch: Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek) is the national research council of the Netherlands. NWO funds thousands of top researchers at universities and institutes and steers the course of Dutch science by means of subsidies and research programmes. NWO promotes quality and innovation in science.

NWO is an independent administrative body under the auspices of the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. The organization receives about 400 million euros per year, of which approximately 300 million comes directly from the ministry. NWO directs the 300 million budget toward Dutch universities and institutes, often on a project basis. Also, the NWO has its own institutes.

NWO was established in 1950 as Nederlandse Organisatie voor Zuiver-Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (ZWO). This organization did not focus on applied research; the research organisation TNO was established for that purpose. In 1988 ZWO was renamed as NWO and was given the broader mission.

Strategic Objectives: 

Continuing in the direction taken in previous years, NWO will develop itself in the coming years into a broad, national research organisation that shares responsibility for Dutch science and its importance to prosperity and welfare. Key elements of this process are:

  • a widely shared vision of the dynamics of science
  • developments at home and abroad
  • good teamwork among the parties that unite for a strong science sector in the Netherlands
  • achieving tangible results for science, society and our knowledge partners


Programme organisation: 

The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research ensures quality and innovation in science and facilitates its impact on society. Its main task is to fund scientific research at public research institutions in the Netherlands, especially universities. NWO focuses on all scientific disciplines and fields of research. The funds are allocated by means of a national competition on the basis of quality and independent assessment and selection procedures. NWO plays several roles as a broad, national research organisation that actively contributes to various elements of national science and innovation policy.

Leading Institutions:

Type of funding:
Total Budget: 
767 million eur (2014)
Participating countries: 
The Netherlands
Number of projects:
Projects covered: 

Mobility management and climate change

Modelling of cooperative transport systems

Project Profiles:
  1. A different place for different people. Conditional neighbourhood effects on residents, socioeconomic status and mobility (406-11-038)
  2. Adaptative Strategies in Long-Term Mobility Choices (400-06-039)
  3. Better airport regions: models and development pathways for sustainable urban transformation (438-11-015)
  4. Climate and Environmental change and Sustainable Accessibility of the Randstad (434-09-010)
  5. Co-creating Attractive and Sustainable Urban Areas and Lifestyle - Exploring new forms of inclusive urban governance (438-12-458)
  6. Dynamic activity-travel assignment in multi-state supernetworks (435-12-206)
  7. Dynamic urban traffic flow management using floating-car, planning, and infrastructure data (438-13-206)
  8. Experimenting for Sustainability in India and Thailand: A transitions perspective on sustainable electricity and mobility initiatives (W 01.65.330.00)
  9. Innovative Pricing for Sustainable Mobility (434-09-020)
  10. Mobility management and climate change (434-10-020)
  11. Modelling of cooperative transport systems (040.11.379)
  12. Networked Mobility: Principles for robust network design, tactical mitigation measures and real-time disruption management strategies for multimodal public transportation (645.200.007)
  13. Regret-based models of mobility (451-10-001)
  14. Smart use of smart media and games for the promotion of pro-social mobility behavior (314-99-009)
  15. Stochastic behavior of wireless networks: random access and user mobility (613.001.012)
  16. Sustainable Maintenance Policy for Infrastructure Networks in the Randstad: A climate change perspective (434-10-030)
  17. The Dutch Mobile Mobility Panel (480-11-005)
  18. The electric bicycle phenomenon and the implications for spatial planning and sustainable mobility policy in the Netherlands and Europe (434-11-010)
  19. The feasibility and impact of the transition to electric mobility in the Randstad (434-10-010)
  20. The Upscaling of Carsharing in The Netherlands (438-14-904)
  21. Towards a regret-based paradigm for the ex-ante evaluation of transport policies (452-11-001)
  22. Tradable driving rights: an effective travel demand management tool for maintaining accessibility and sustainability (435-12-212)
  23. Traveller Response and Information Service Technology: Analysis and Modelling (434-08-020)
Contact Name: 
Tessa van Leeuwen
Contact Email: 
Laan van Nieuw Oost-Indië 300
The Hague
Contact country:
+ 31 (0)70 344 06 40