Need support in finding and applying for funding? TU Delft | Global Initiative has a few small funds to catalyse science and technology for global development. We also select all other relevant opportunities for external funding, and we can assist with your application.

Delft Global Funds

Delft Global | Staff Exchange Fund

Fund to promote and strengthen cooperation between researchers of the TU Delft and researchers of universities in developing countries. It provides the opportunity to apply for a grant for staff exchange (a visit of a foreign researcher to TU Delft or a visit of a Delft researcher to a university in a developing country).

No deadline: a proposal can be submitted at any time
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No deadline: a proposal can be submitted at any time

Delft Global | Writing Support

Writing Support is an instrument to support researchers who are planning to apply for a large research project or program in the field of global development research. The instrument co-finances the costs for writing support.

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No deadline: a proposal can be submitted at any time

Other Funds

IEEE's 'Empower a Billion Lives Competition'

IEEE Empower a Billion Lives is a global competition aimed at fostering innovation to develop solutions to electricity access. Solutions are expected to be scalable, regionally relevant, holistic, and leverage 21st century technologies with exponentially declining prices.

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Deadline: Aug 31, 2018 

LEaDingFellows Postdocs Programme

Provides researchers (worldwide), who recently obtained a PhD, the opportunity to gain two years of work experience.

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Opening 3rd call: 1 September 2018

NWO - Applied and Engineering Sciences (TTW): Open Mind

For out-of-the-box research ideas that contribute to sustainable solutions for global societal challenges. Five Open Mind grants will be awarded at the TTW annual conference 2018 to the best ideas with significant societal impact. Grants can be awarded for max. €50,000 (incl. Dutch VAT), and for a period of one year. For questions/advice, contact Anne van de Poel

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Deadline: 4 September 2018

2nd NWO-WOTRO SDG Call - Tackling Global Challenges through Use-Inspired Research

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For questions about the closed call at the TU Delft, please contact

Deadline: 4 September 2018
Note: This is a closed call for the TU Delft

Cooperation India | Urban Water Systems

Open for Expressions of Interest from Dutch and Indian researchers who wish to actively engage in a “Sandpit” workshop in India (27-30 November 2018) and resulting research programme. The call addresses the challenges to urban water systems faced by fast-growing cities resulting from population growth, rapid urbanisation and the effects of climate change.

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Expected deadline for Expression of Interest: 10 September 2018

NWO – NWA Dutch National Research Agenda

Interdisciplinary and knowledge-chain-wide consortia are called upon to submit research proposals that reflect the broad and innovative character of the NWA. The research encourages collaboration within the entire public knowledge chain and between the entire knowledge chain and social partners. The 25 routes from the portfolio for Research and Innovation are the starting point. Applications can be submitted in the following bandwidths: €0.5-2 million, 2-5 million, 5-10 million.

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Deadline: 11 September, 2018

NWO “Refugees in Science”

The aim is to fund one-year appointments for academics who have fled their home country and wish to continue their scientific career in the Netherlands. Candidates must hold a master's degree or a doctorate and must have been granted refugee status in the Netherlands.

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Deadline: September 13, 2018

NWO India Call (Pre-Announcement)

The Department of Science and Technology (DST) of the Government of India, and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) aim to stimulate long term research collaboration between their two countries by funding joint research in specific domains. Therefore, they are jointly opening a call for an integrated research programme on the topic of urban water management systems.

Expected deadline for Expression of Interest: first half September 2018

LeidenASA Africa 2020: Call for proposals

LeidenASA invites ideas for Africa-oriented activities in Leiden in 2020 from all Africanists from Leiden University, TU Delft, Erasmus University, and Centre for African Studies at University of Edinburgh. Suggestions should describe the activity, proposed timing/location and participants; include a detailed budget (up to €10,000) and show how the proposed activity connects Africanists from different departments within and between universities.

Submit ideas

Deadline: 22 September 2018

NWO – Top Sector “Cross-Over” Call

With the 'Cross-over Programme', NWO funds research in public-private partnerships (PPP) that focus on achieving significant impact on societal challenges and in which the research themes connect several top sectors. Broadly composed interdisciplinary consortia, consisting of public and private partners, can submit research initiatives as a coherent proposal. The partners fund at least 30% of the initiative.

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Opening Expression of Interest: 14 September, 2018
Deadline Expression of Interest: 15 November, 2018

NUFFIC Orange Knowledge Programme

Objective is to contribute to a society’s sustainable and inclusive development by strengthening the skills and knowledge of both individuals, groups of individuals and organisations.

Deadlines: TMT (part of the countries) June 2018, institutional cooperation summer 2018, other TMTS twice a year June and Autumn.

NWO Crossover Call

With the Crossover call, NWO funds research in public-private partnerships (PPP) that is aimed at societal challenges and in which the research themes connect several top sectors. The call is open to all scientific disciplines. Broadly composed interdisciplinary consortia, consisting of researchers and public and private partners, can submit research proposals as a coherent project. Budget: between 5 - 10 M€, Co-financing: at least 30% of the total project budget, of which at least half in cash.

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Deadline Expression of Interest: 15 November 2018, Deadline Full proposals: 21 May 2019

Call Senior CGIAR-Experts

The Netherlands – CGIAR partnership enhances international agricultural research. This Call allows Senior experts employed by Dutch research organizations and involved in CGIAR research or management a chance to spend (more) time on their CGIAR activities.

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Deadline: continuously open until Thursday 27 February, 2020.

NWO India Call (Pre-Announcement)

The India-Netherlands Joint Working Committee will choose a mission-driven, multidisciplinary approach and finance one coherent research program made up of several individual projects. Theme “Water.” 

No deadline

NWO | Open Technology Program (OTP)

The Open Technology Programme (OTP) focuses on scientific and technical research and is characterised by an absence of disciplinary boundaries. Research proposals are assessed by international and independent experts on the basis of specific questions about excellent scientific quality and utilisation.

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No deadline: proposals can be submitted on a continuous basis. 

Lloyd’s Register Foundation

This Foundation supports scientific research globally by awarding grants to research and education organisations. They fund both fundamental (low-TRL) research and more applied technology development. They prefer to invest in building sustainable research teams working on longer-term research challenges of importance to society, to enhance the safety of the engineering infrastructure on which modern society relies.

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No deadline: a proposal can be submitted any time. They have an initial review stage most months of the year.

Global Innovation Fund

Innovative solutions to global development challenges with the potential for substantially greater impact than existing approaches, especially for poor and vulnerable groups.

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No Deadline: Grants from $50.000 to $15 million USD Jennifer Kockx

Program manager & external relations
+31 15 27 84601

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