On this page, you will find information about available funding opportunities related to health research and technology. If you are interested in any of these calls and would like to receive more information or funding advice about a specific call and/or support with proposal preparation, feel free to contact Jaga Schreiber, funding advisor and coordinator at TU Delft Valorisation Centre, j.k.schreiber@tudelft.nl06-28362580.

Investment Grant NWO-Large 2019/2020

Deadline: Letter Intent December 3, 2019; proposal: February 13, 2020

The aim of the programme Investment Grant NWO Large is to stimulate investments in very advanced scientific equipment or innovative scientific data collections of national or international scope.
NWO finds it is important that new investments - where applicable - fit in well with the facilities or clusters on the current National Roadmap Large-Scale Scientific Infrastructure.
The amount of the grant to be aplied for within this Call is at least €  1,000,000 for investments in the social sciences and humanities and at least €  1,500,000 for all other sciences.
The involved institution (or institutions) provides a contribution of at least 25% of the total investment.You can apply for the purchase of equipment or for setting up, linking and enriching data collections.
You can submit an application for:
• costs for investing in scientific equipment;
• costs for investments in data sets;
• personnel costs for setting up databases and initial digitization of the bibliographic apparatus, if these cannot be purchased;
• personnel costs for employees with specific and essential technical expertise necessary for the development or construction of a facility if it cannot be purchased.

Attention: there is a TU Delft internal procedure if you are interested in applying for this grant. Please contact me for further information (

Maximal budget:  1,000,000 -  1,500,000 Euro


Ramboll Foundation Research funding
De Nierstichting PIONIER+: programma voor cofinanciering

Deadline: December 31, 2019

PIONIER+ Program and Grant The DKF PIONIER+ Program for Co-Funding Research & Innovation ("PIONIER+") is an initiative of the section Health Care & Innovation (HC&I) of the Dutch Kidney Foundation. The HC&I Program Committee (PC) has the authority of decision. Advisory boards for this program are the DKF Scientific Advisory Board (Wetenschappelijke Raad, WR) and the DKF International Scientific Advisory Board (ISAB). A PIONIER+ Co-Funding Grant is cash only and has a typical size of 100.000 euros. A PIONEER+ Grant covers typically not more than 50% of the total needed cash contribution. Smaller or larger grants are possible within limits. PIONIER+ is aimed at 'first-mover' grants initiating substantial co-funding from other sources. In 2019 PIONIER+ is open for continuous submission. 

The DKF wants to improve the positive impact of research on the life of kidney patients and the prevention of kidney disease. We aim to increase the impact of each donated euro donated by mobilizing co-funding. In addition, want to promote further development of the joint strategic agenda "Beating Kidney Disease", to advance DKF ambitions and to stimulate funding for sustainable kidney health.


PIONIER+ is open for research & development and innovation projects in a broad sense, including health care innovation if from a research & development perspective. PIONIER+ follows the classification and definitions of the Framework for State aid for research and development and innovation of the European Commission (EC 2014/C 198/01). The applicant is working for a non-profit organisation in the Netherlands. A substantial part of the project must be executed by non-profit (research) organisations in the Netherlands.


Eligibility Criteria 
A project must comply with all criteria. 
• A project has to fall within the scope of PIONIER+. 
• A project must be clearly relevant for kidney patients and/or prevention of kidney disease. 
• A project must be directed at and show potential for substantial co-funding outside PIONIER+. 
• A project must show sufficient detail for assessment. 
• A project must have reliable partners. 
• If the project is to be submitted in an external call for proposals, the submission has to be at least eight weeks before the call's deadline, and the call's conditions must not be in conflict with the DKF Grant Requirements ('Subsidievoorwaarden Nierstichting Nederland').

Maximal Budget: 100.000 Euro



Epilepsiefonds (in Dutch only)

Epilepsiefonds (in Dutch only)

Deadline: January 15, 2020


Het Epilepsiefonds wil dat er meer kennis over en inzicht in epilepsie komt. Belangrijke vragen zijn: Hoe ontstaat epilepsie? Hoe kan de behandeling van mensen met epilepsie worden verbeterd? Er is nog veel onbekend over epilepsie en de ontstaanswijze. Daarom investeert het fonds in wetenschappelijk epilepsieonderzoek, in leerstoelen en nascholing.

Wat doet het fonds aan onderzoek?

Samen met andere organisaties in de epilepsiewereld bevordert het Epilepsiefonds op verschillende manieren het epilepsieonderzoek in Nederland. Op verschillende universiteiten bestaan inmiddels onderzoeksgroepen die gespecialiseerd zijn in epilepsie. Deze onderzoekers dienen geregeld een onderzoeksvoorstel in. Jaarlijks krijgt het fonds 15 tot 20 voorstellen binnen en financiert het 3 tot 4 onderzoeken.

Maximal Budget:


Continuous open calls

NWO Open Competition Domain Science - KLEIN

Deadline: Continuous application

KLEIN grants are intended for realising curiosity-driven, fundamental research of high quality and/or scientific urgency. The KLEIN grant offers researchers1 the possibility to elaborate creative and risky ideas and to realise scientific innovations that can form the basis for the research themes of the future. There are three categories of KLEIN grants: KLEIN-1 (1 scientific position), KLEIN-2 (2 scientific positions in collaboration) and KLEIN-0 (investments) that are assessed in competition with each other. Section 3.2 states what you can apply for under the different types of grant. 

This funding instrument is open for research proposals with a question in or overlapping the fields of earth sciences, astronomy, chemistry, computer science, life sciences, physics and mathematics. Proposals can be monodisciplinary, multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary in nature. The NWO Domain Science has two different types of funding that you can submit proposals for in open competition. 

KLEIN-1 A KLEIN-1 grant, € 350,000. 

KLEIN-2 A KLEIN-2 grant, € 700,000 

KLEIN-0 A KLEIN-0 grant, € 160,000 - € 500,000, for the funding of an investment 


NWO Open Technology Programme Domain Applied and Engineering Science

NWO Open Technology Programme Domain Applied and Engineering Science

Deadline: Continuous application


The Open Technology Programme focuses on technical-scientific research and is characterised by the absence of disciplinary boundaries. The Open Technology Programme aims to realise knowledge transfer between technical sciences and users, which is in line with the mission of the NWO domain Applied and Engineering Sciences. The Open Technology Programme offers a low-threshold way for companies and partners to join application-oriented research. Multiple companies and partners can participate in a project. Research applications are tested on both scientific quality and the utilisation perspective. Both criteria weigh equally in decision making.


Maximal Budget: For each project, the NWO Domain Applied and Engineering Sciences contributes a maximum of 750,000 euros (including VAT). For projects with an investment character (> 250,000 euros in equipment), this contribution is a maximum of 1 million euros (including VAT).



Calls expected in 2020

Networking calls

European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) - Open call


Deadline: any moment before December 31, 2019, but at least six weeks before the date of the planned 


Researchers who are employed at Dutch knowledge institutions can submit proposals for the organisation of matchmaking events, within one or more of the 25 routes of the Dutch National Research Agenda (NWA) from the portfolio for Research and Innovation. The purpose of the Matchmaking events is to form (new) consortia across the entire knowledge chain and developing proposals for innovative research. 


NWO believes it is important to financially support consortia within the 25 routes of the Dutch National Research Agenda (NWA) with the organisation of matchmaking events, which have the aim of forming (new) consortia across the entire knowledge chain and developing proposals for innovative research. 


Maximal budget: € 10.000