NWO funding instrument KIC: Demand-driven Partnerships for Consortia

Demand-driven Partnerships for Consortia ‘is a new instrument within the second main line of the Knowledge and Innovation Covenant (KIC) 2020-2023. For this call, NWO is looking for knowledge institutions that want to further investigate a knowledge and / or development question in collaboration with public and private co-funders. The consortia to be formed can submit a research proposal for financing a large-scale project of 3 to 10 million euros.


Call for proposals
In this call for proposals, funding can be requested for research proposals with a total project budget (in cash) of a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 10 million euros. NWO funds a maximum of 50% of the total cash part of the project budget; the remainder of the funding must be provided through co-funding from public and private parties. In addition, a proposal must fit in at least one of the six determined KIAs; the allocation of resources takes place across  all KIAs.


NWO has made 6 million euros available for this call for proposals. The Demand-Driven Partnerships for Consortia call has two rounds, each consisting of three steps and associated deadlines: applying for a statement of suitability (16 February and 31 August), submitting a preliminary application (16 March and 28 September) submitting a full application (6 July 2021 and January 25, 2022). The members of the assessment committee assess the proposals and give advice on whether to grant or reject them. The definitive budget for this call for proposals and the intended distribution of the total available budget for both rounds will be published at the beginning of 2021. This call is part of the Demand pillar of the Knowledge and Innovation Covenant (KIC).


More information
Check out the NWO website or attend the information meeting that NWO organizes on Tuesday 10 November 15.30-17.00 hours. During this (online) information meeting, NWO provides a brief explanation of various aspects of the call Demand-driven Partnerships for Consortia, such as the required co-funding, the suitability statement and the impact plan approach. There is also an opportunity to ask questions.