NWO Mission-driven calls KIC 2020-2023

The KIC 2020-2023 is based on the mission-driven top sector and innovation policy. It focuses on four major societal themes, key enabling technologies, and societal earning capacity. The four main themes are:

  • Energy transition & sustainability
  • Agriculture, water & food
  • Health & Care
  • Safety


Within the NWO main line ‘MISSION’ of the Knowledge and Innovation Covenant (KIC) 2020-2023, a limited number of large thematic calls with a volume of between 5 and 15 million euros are developed each year. Within these mission-driven programmes researchers submit proposals for collaborative projects, with a budget of 750,000 to 4 million euros per proposal.


Programmes 2020

Key Technologies
Budget: 11 million euros
Programme: Key Technologies


Energy transition and sustainability
Budget: 11 million euros
Programme: Circularity
Programme: Innovations for wind and solar energy


Health and Care
Budget: 11 million euros
Programme: Lifestyle and living environment
Programme: Living with dementia


Agriculture, Water and Food
Budget: 11 million euros
Programme: Aquatic food production
Programme: Climate-robust Production systems and water management


Budget: 6 million euros


Public earning capacity
Budget: 5 million euros


More information about NWO thematic calls KIC2020-2023