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Call for proposals

Idea Generator

Dutch National Research Agenda

2019 first round

Generator Dutch National Research Agenda 2019 first round The Hague/Utrecht, March 2019 Netherlands Organisation for

The Hague/Utrecht, March 2019 Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research

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Contents

1. Introduction

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1.1. Background

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1.2. Available budget

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1.3. Validity of the call for proposals

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2. Aim

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3. Guidelines for applicants

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3.1. Who can apply

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3.2. What can be applied for

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3.3. When can applications be submitted

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3.4. Preparing an application

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3.5. Conditions on granting

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3.6. Submitting an application

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4. Assessment procedure

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4.1. Procedure

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4.2. Criteria

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5. Contact details and other information

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5.1.

Contact

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1. Introduction

1.1. Background

The Dutch National Research Agenda (NWA) describes broad, societal challenges which require a national approach whereby the Dutch (and global) knowledge economy as well as society at large can benefit from research performed in The Netherlands. The NWA was created by an innovative process with input from citizens and scientists: every Dutch resident was given the opportunity to submit questions online. The national knowledge community, under the guidance of the Knowledge Coalition, compiled the resulting questions into 140 scientific challenges, which have been translated into 25 pathways, i.e. routes.

The NWA programme above all aims to build bridges: between different scientific fields, between different forms of research (fundamental, applied, practice-oriented) and between diverse national and international knowledge agendas. Multidisciplinarity and interdisciplinarity in the broadest sense, an approach spanning the entire knowledge chain and cooperation with societal partners including Ministries, corporates, start-ups and NGOs are therefore crucial features of the consortia involved in NWA projects and programmes.

The overarching ambition of the NWA programme is to make a positive, structural contribution to the global knowledge society of tomorrow, in which new knowledge flows easily from researcher to user and new questions arising from practice and society lead quickly and naturally to new research. This can only be achieved by building bridges today in order to address the scientific and societal challenges together, both locally and globally.

NWO is executing the NWA programme on behalf of the Ministry of Education,

Culture and Science. This call for proposals, the NWA Idea Generator, is one part of the NWA programme. From 2019 onwards, new funding rounds will take place each year. In 2019 two funding rounds will take place with deadlines in May and in fall

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1.2. Available budget

The available budget for the Idea Generator 2019 is €2.250.000, divided over two rounds. The budget for the first round is €1.150.000 (23 projects of €50.000) en the budget for the second round is €1.100.000 (22 projects of €50.000).

1.3. Validity of the call for proposals

This call for proposals is valid for the first round of the Idea Generator in 2019. This call for proposals is valid up to and including the date on which the NWO executive board has taken a decision about the proposals. The deadline for submitting a proposal is the May 2, 2019, 14:00 hours CE(S)T.

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2. Aim

Ideas are the foundation for all research: ideas that turn out to be promising new research directions but definitely also ideas that show that other directions need to be pursued. The Idea Generator call intends to foster this curiosity by supporting new ideas into high risk, high gain science projects. The Idea Generator intends to advance research with potential for high societal gain, which also comes with a high risk of failure or research that is too early in its development for a positive evaluation in a regular peer review process. The Idea Generator supports creative, out-of-the-box thinkers to submit exciting and innovative ideas which are relevant for the NWA-programme. The Idea Generator call is also a way of executing the NWO Strategy 2019-2022 by supporting high-risk-high-gain research.

Because the NWA fosters the connection between research and society, the Idea Generator only funds proposals that start from a societal question and/or that have the potential for societal impact.

Because the Idea Generator stimulates risky research, projects are required to communicate about all outcomes of the projects. Not just projects that show new potential, but also projects that show negative results and thus that redirection is needed, are important to share.

In the Idea Generator, small projects can be funded to further develop a new idea by doing research. Applicants of all disciplines and backgrounds are welcome. Proposals that focus on practice-oriented research, applied research or fundamental research are welcome. (Young) researchers can individually apply, but they can also work together with co-applicants.

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3. Guidelines for applicants

3.1. Who can apply

Researchers can submit an application, as main applicant or as co-applicant, if they:

are employed at one of the following organisations:

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Universities based in the Kingdom of the Netherlands;

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University medical centres;

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NWO and KNAW institutes;

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Universities of applied sciences, as meant in article 1.8 of the Dutch Higher Education and Research Act;

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TO2 institutes ;

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the Netherlands Cancer Institute;

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the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen;

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the DUBBLE Beamline at the ESRF in Grenoble;

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NCB Naturalis;

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Advanced Research Centre for NanoLithography (ARCNL);

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Prinses Máxima Center for pediatric oncology.

Main applicants do not need to have a permanent position. Application is thus also

open for PhD-candidates, postdocs, researchers at Universities of Applied Sciences or other researchers with a temporary position.

A researcher can submit one proposal in 2019, regardless of whether someone

applies as main applicant or co-applicant.

3.2. What can be applied for

The maximum grant amount is €50.000 per project. The maximum run time of the project is one year.

For the NWA Idea Generator there are no requirements or obligations on the form

of the research. This means that any type of research suited to execute the

proposed idea is possible. Examples of types of research that could be chosen for are (societal) internships, living labs/field labs/knowledge labs, ‘researchers in society’ where researchers can perform a project at a public or private organisation.

Any type of costs (personal, material, travel, etc.) can be requested. The proposed spending of the €50.000 must be described in the budget table and should be clarified. The proposed spending of the budget should support the proposed idea and execution. The committee will evaluate this under the criterion ‘Project Plan’.

3.3. When can applications be submitted

The deadline for the submission of proposals is May 2, 2019 14:00 CET

When you submit your application to ISAAC you will also need to enter additional details online. You should therefore start submitting your application at least one day before the deadline of this call for proposals. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be taken into consideration.

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3.4. Preparing an application

Download the application form from the electronic application system ISAAC or from NWO’s website (on the grant page for this programme).

Complete the application form.

Save the application form as a pdf file and upload it in ISAAC.

3.5. Conditions on granting

Open Access

All scientific publications resulting from research that is funded by grants derived from this call for proposals are to be immediately (at the time of publication) freely accessible worldwide (Open Access). There are several ways for researchers to publish Open Access. A detailed explanation regarding Open Access can be found on www.nwo.nl/openscience-en.

Data management Responsible data management is a fundamental aspect of good scholarly practice. NWO wants research data that emerge from publicly funded research to become freely available, as much as possible, for reuse by other researchers. Furthermore NWO wants to raise awareness among researchers about the importance of good data management. Research proposals should therefore satisfy the data management protocol of NWO. This protocol consists of two steps: 1) a data management section and 2) a data management plan.

The data management section is part of the research proposal. Researchers are requested to answer four questions about the management of their data within their intended research project. If no data is collected this can be indicated here.

After a proposal has been awarded funding the researcher is requested to work out the data management section into a data management plan according to the prescribed template. In the plan the researcher describes whether use will be made of existing data or a new data collection and how the data collection will be made FAIR: Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable. Further information about the data management protocol of NWO can be found at www.nwo.nl/datamanagement.

Start of the project

The project can start as soon as the granting decision has been communicated and should start no later than three months after the granting decision.

Accountability and completion of the project

Accountability The main applicant will be responsible for reports about the project. For these short projects, NWO will not request interim scientific and financial reports, but only a final short report.

Online project page For every running project, the public summary will be posted on a project page. When the project is completed, the main applicant will be asked to write a short summary of the actions taken in the project and what the (positive and/or negative) results are.

3.6. Submitting an application

An application can only be submitted to NWO via the online application system ISAAC. Applications not submitted via ISAAC will not be taken into consideration.

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A main applicant must submit his/her application via his/her own ISAAC account. If the main applicant does not have an ISAAC account yet, then this should be created at least one day before the application is submitted to ensure that any registration problems can be resolved on time. If the main applicant already has an NWO- account, then he/she does not need to create a new account to submit an application.

For technical questions please contact the ISAAC helpdesk, see Section 5.1.2.

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4. Assessment procedure

4.1.

Procedure

The NWO Code of Conduct on Conflicts of Interest applies to all persons and NWO

staff involved in the assessment and/or decision-making process.

Timetable

02 May 2019 14.00 CET

Deadline submission first round 2019

May 2019

Eligibility checks and sending proposals to

selection committee.

June 2019

Meeting selection committee

Three months after granting decision

Eligibility of the proposals

Granting decision Executive Board NWO

NWO informs the applicants about the decision

Deadline for starting research

The first step in the assessment procedure the proposals is to test whether the

proposal is eligible. This is done using the conditions stated in Chapter 3 of this call

for proposals. Applications that satisfy these conditions will be declared eligible and

will be taken into consideration by NWO.

If it is possible to correct the proposal (NWO will assess that), then the applicant will

be given the opportunity to modify his/her proposal within a reasonable period. If

the corrected proposal is not received within the time set, then NWO will not take

the proposal into consideration. Corrected proposals that are approved will still be

taken into consideration.

Assessment of the proposals

In the assessment procedure one selection committee will be involved.

The selection committee will assess the proposals according to the assessment

criteria (see Section 4.2).

Decision taking

In June 2019, the selection committee will submit the proposal for granting or

rejecting proposals to the NWO executive board for the final granting decision.

The data management section in the application is not evaluated and therefore not

included in the decision about whether to award funding. However, the committee

can issue advice to the applicant with respect to the data management section. After

a proposal has been awarded funding, the researcher must elaborate the data

management section into a data management plan. Applicants can use the advice

from the committee when writing the data management plan.

Qualifications

NWO will award a qualification to all proposals. This qualification will be made known

to the applicant together with the decision about whether the application has been

awarded funding.

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Only applications that receive the qualification ‘excellent’, ‘very good’ or ‘good’ will be eligible for funding. For further information about the qualifications, see https://www.nwo.nl/en/funding/funding+process+explained/nwo+qualification+syst em

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Criteria

The selection committee will assess the applications using the following three criteria:

(I) Societal question and impact (II) A high risk and creative idea (III) Project plan

Criterion I is conditional for criteria II and III: applications will first be assessed on criterion I. An application must receive the qualification excellent/very good on criterion I to be fundable. If a proposal does not receive this qualification on criterion I, the application will not be fundable and the application will not be assessed on criteria II and III.

The assessment criteria have been operationalised into several subsidiary aspects as stated below:

(I)

Societal question and impact

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The proposed project fits with one of the 140 NWA cluster questions

The proposed problem definition is formulated together with societal stakeholder(s)

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The proposed project has potential for societal impact

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A high risk and creative idea

- the proposed project is a high-risk proposal

- the proposed project is creative, exciting and innovative:

theories/disciplines/methods are combined in novels ways and are not

merely a continuation of earlier research

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Project plan

- the proposed project is designed in such a way that the proposed idea can be executed (NB. This does not mean that the project has to lead to the expected results, since also negative results are acceptable. This means that the proposed project is executable)

- the proposed project budget is realistic and support the design of the project

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5. Contact details and other information

5.1.

Contact

1.1.1 Specific questions

For specific questions about Idea Generator and this call for proposals, please contact:

Colette Bos

NWA-IDG@nwo.nl

070-3494706

1.1.2 Technical questions about the electronic application system ISAAC

For technical questions about the use of ISAAC, please contact the ISAAC helpdesk. Please read the manual first before consulting the helpdesk. The ISAAC helpdesk can be contacted from Monday to Friday between 10:00 and 17:00 hours CE(S)T on +31 (0)20 346 71 79. However, you can also submit your question by e-mail to isaac.helpdesk@nwo.nl. You will then receive an answer within two working days.

Published by:

Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)

Visiting address:

Location the Hague

Laan van Nieuw Oost-Indië 300

2593 CE The Hague

The Netherlands

Location Utrecht

Van Vollenhovenlaan 661

3527 JP Utrecht

The Netherlands

March 2019