Funding opportunities for NWO-MVI research in 2018 and 2019

In the forthcoming period the possibilities for Responsible Innovation (MVI) research mainly lie within specific research programmes/initiatives within the top sectors. The underlying reasons for this are that the importance of MVI is increasingly recognised and there is a growing demand to link responsible innovation research to NWO research programmes/initiatives. MVI will be linked to these initiatives from the outset, if possible as soon as the research agenda is drawn up. In view of the interdisciplinary collaboration (between humanities, natural sciences and social sciences researchers) matchmaking events will be organised. Via the MVI newsletter and the MVI webportal more information will be released when a call is published or a relevant meeting is scheduled to take place.

In 2018 and 2019 NWO-MVI is specifically linked to the following initiatives:

Designing for public values in a digital world
On 7 february, NWO will publish the unique NWO-MVI Call for Proposals for the research programme Responsible Innovation; Designing for public values in a digital world. This programme is a joint project of NWO-MVI, the municipality of The Hague and the Ministries of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, of Foreign Affairs, of Defence and of Justice & Security. The Call is characterised by the interaction between public values and digital technology. The deadline for submitting the (brief) compulsory pre-proposals is 19 March 2019. Read more

Sustainable Living Labs, phase II – top sector Logistics

  • The focus will be on themes within the fields of transport and mobility in which societal and scientific challenges and practical relevance are brought together, such as sustainability, implementation of new technology, and (urban) accessibility. To ensure that the living labs result in responsible innovations that are supported by society, research will also be done into the ethical and societal aspects of these (technological) innovations.
  • Phase I has been completed. (‘Sustainable Living Labs. Responsible innovation in everyday situations: Development grants for forming consortia within the Top Sector Logistics’, see also:
  • Having been awarded funding for phase I is not a requirement to apply for phase II.
  • 22 november matchmaking Sustainable Living Labs, phase II (information in Dutch)

Electrochemical Conversion & Materials (ECCM) – top sectors Chemistry and Energy, publication call expected in fall 2018.

Blockchain – top sector ICT, call now open.
The Call Fundamental knowledge for responsible Blockchain innovations is now open. Multidisciplinary partnerships can apply for funding for coherent research in the field of socially responsible Blockchain innovations, as described in the Dutch Blockchain Research Agenda. This research must pay attention to the potential impact of Blockchain innovations on society. The closing date for the compulsory submission of ‘Expressions of Interest’ is on 28 February 2019. There will be an information & networking event on 8 March 2019. Read more

Value from Biomass – top sectors Chemistry and Energy, call published.
The Value from biomass programme is aimed at conducting research into producing chemicals, materials and energy from biomass in an efficient and responsible way. The deadline for research proposals is 13 June 2019. There will be an information & networking event on 28 March.


HTSM-call 2019 – top sector High Tech Systems & Materials, publication call expected in spring 2019.

Innovative Medical Devices Initiative (IMDI) 2.0 – top sectors Life Sciences & Health and HTSM, call open.
Project ideas can be submitted until 9 April 2019 as part of the Heart for a sustainable healthcare Call (Hart voor duurzame zorg). This Call for Proposals is aimed at research into new medical technology for the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular diseases. There will be an information & networking event in the Holland Heart House in Utrecht on 15 February 2019. The deadline for submitting full proposals is at the end of July 2019. Read more (in Dutch)

There also lie opportunities for MVI research with the:

For questions about these funding opportunities you can contact the NWO-MVI platform via