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).

More information: Description & Application form

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.

More information: Description

Other Funds

Conservation, Food and Health Foundation | project grants

The Conservation, Food and Health Foundation invites applications for its project grants. These support projects in the developing world in the fields of conservation, food and health.

Max. budget: ~ 25 k €

Deadline: every year on January 1 or July 1

NWO - Open Technology Programme

The Open Technology Programme (OTP) focuses on scientific and technical research and is characterised by an absence of disciplinary boundaries.

Max. 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).

Deadline: OTP reseach proposals can be submitted on a continuous basis: there is no deadline for the Open Technology Programme.

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.

No Deadline: a proposal can be submitted at any time. Grants from $50.000 to $15 million USD

Crowdfunding for your research

TU Delft now has its own crowdfunding platform that can help you take your research to the next level. With a crowdfunding campaign, you can raise amounts up to 5600 euro to fund small stepping stones for your project, such as a prototype or certain tools. Meanwhile, your research gets exposed to the greater public and you acquire skills on communication, marketing and storytelling. 

For more information:

No deadline: a proposal can be submitted at any time

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.

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

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: a proposal can be submitted at any time

Advance Notice Cooperation Indonesia – the Netherlands Call

The call for proposals invites interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary consortia to submit research proposals on certain aspects on renewable energy. There should be two principal investigators, one based in the Netherlands and one in Indonesia.

Budget: €700,000

The SDG Partnership facility (SDGP)
Building a low-carbon, climate resilient future: climate action in support of the Paris A
  • Human dynamics of climate change
    Climate services for Africa
    Actions should exploit new, relevant climate data made available by Copernicus and other relevant sources (such as GEOSS) and create dedicated climate services for Africa for at least two of the following sectors: water, energy, food security, land use[1], health and infrastructure. Actions should develop and deliver tools/applications which demonstrate clear end-user engagement, consultation and participation, and which enhance planning and implementation of climate adaptation strategies in Africa. Actions should consider activities addressed by other initiatives such as the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS), Copernicus, and development cooperation activities, and provide added value. Actions should further consider the EU-Africa Research and Innovation Partnership on Climate Change and Sustainable Energy[2].

    More information

    Deadline: 19 February

  • Bioclimatic approaches for improving energy performance in buildings in Africa and Europe
    Africa is going through a rapid urbanisation phase and it is anticipated that, by 2030, there will be more people living in urban than rural areas. On the other hand, the housing supply is already far from meeting the highly growing demand in cities and the expectations of home owners, in terms of performance, comfort and health. One of the reasons for this situation is the insufficient use of construction materials and technologies, which are adapted to local climate and economic contexts. Imported materials and technologies, which are not always suitable for local conditions, are replacing the traditional and local building designs, construction techniques and materials. Poor indoor thermal conditions, in particular overheating, and high demand for expansive active cooling, are often the result together with an increased buildings' energy footprint. Use of cheap and low-quality materials to cut down construction costs and lack of knowledge about their performance are other problems related to this issue. There is a need to increase the knowledge about the benefits of using bioclimatic buildings design approaches, local materials, and construction techniques suitable to local contexts.

    More information

    Open: 12 March 2019   
    Deadline: 3 September 2019
Open Mind

Researchers are invited to submit out of the box ideas that contribute to sustainable solutions for global societal challenges (along the line with people, planet, profit).

Budget: €50,000

Deadline: 3 September, 2019

Sustainable Food Security Call

The European Commission Horizon 2020: Societal Challenges invites proposals for their Sustainable Food Security Call. Proposals are invited against several topics. For our audience the topic of “Targeted international cooperation” would be of interest.


  • 23 January 2019 (single stage)
  • 23 January 2019 & 4 September 2019 (two stage)
Hestia - Vluchtelingen in de wetenschap

A project leader and/or main applicant of a research project already funded by NWO or ZonMw can apply for funding for the appointment of a refugee with an academic background on his/her project for the duration of 18 months. The refugee should have an asylum residence permit as described in chapter 6 of the call for proposals.

Budget: €140,000

Deadline: 10 september 2019




Cooperation South Africa – the Netherlands

NWO and the National Research Foundation of South Africa (NRF) aim to finance and strengthen scientific collaboration between the Netherlands and South Africa. Consortia of research institutes and other organisations (both public and private) in the Netherlands and in South Africa can apply for funding of joint research projects that focus on the Water-Energy-Food (WEF) nexus.

Deadline Letter of Intent: 29 August, 2019

Deadline Full Proposal: 26 September, 2019



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.

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.

Deadline: continuously open until Thursday 27 February, 2020.

Partners voor Water: Waterveiligheid en Waterzekerheid Stedelijke Delta’s (WWSD) (Information in Dutch)

Subscribe to our newsletter