Funding

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)
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)

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