NWO KIC call Human Capital: Learning communities as innovation accelerator

This NWO KIC call will acquire fundamental and practice-oriented knowledge about the contribution of learning communities to accelerating innovation. The research focuses on learning communities within Energy Transition & Sustainability, Health & Care, and/or ICT. The insights will bring the realisation of the missions of the Knowledge and Innovation Covenant (KIC) 2020-2023 a step closer.

The aim of the call “Human Capital: learning communities as innovation accelerator” is to acquire new knowledge about the optimal development and deployment of learning communities so that the interaction of working and learning leads to innovation. Learning communities facilitate connection between research, working, innovating and learning and are therefore an important factor in the development of the current and future working population. Development and transformation is daily business for the Dutch working population. Strong human capital in the Netherlands is needed to find answers to current and future societal problems, to tackle challenges and to continue stimulating economic growth. Research in this call focuses on existing, starting or developing learning communities.

The learning communities to be investigated should be active in at least one of the three following contexts:

  • Energy Transition & Sustainability
  • Health & Care
  • ICT

Who can apply
Consortia of researchers at Dutch universities, universities of applied sciences and other research institutes in collaboration with private and public partners from the field. Within the consortium at least the natural sciences, and in addition to these, the humanities and/or social sciences should be represented.

The deadline for submitting proposals is Tuesday 15 June 2021 at 14:00 hours CE(S)T.

Webinar on learning communities November 26th.
Want to know more about Learning Communities? And/or learn from the practical experiences of others? Then take part in the Learning Communities webinar on Thursday 26 November, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. More information.

Read more about the call on the NWO website.



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