Cooperation Network: The Netherlands Call 2018

NWO, in close cooperation with the Indonesian Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education (RISTEKDIKTI), launches a call for proposals 2018 of the Cooperation Indonesia-The Netherlands programme. Consortia of research institutes and other organisations (both public and private) in the Netherlands and in Indonesia can apply for funding of joint research projects that focus on food, water, and rule of law.

Who can apply

Applications can be submitted by consortia that include:

  1. a Dutch research organisation, acting as the main applicant;
  2. an Indonesian-based research organisation;
  3. at least one other for-profit or not-for profit private and/or public matching partner to enhance the impact of research for society;
  4. a researcher awarded granting for 2018 by RISTEKDIKTI (non-compulsory but considered an added value).

For the 2018 call for proposals, a list of examples of relevant research proposals awarded in 2018 by RISTEKDIKTI can be found in Annex 1 of this call. In case of inclusion of an awarded researcher to the consortium, the awarded granting by RISTEKDIKTI can be considered as top-up funding to the NWO grant. The awarded researcher by RISTEKDIKTI  is not necessarily the consortium partner, but may also be a member of the research team.

What to apply for

Consortia can apply for a project with a duration of three years. The maximum grant of NWO is 250,000 euros. This call invites full proposals to be submitted, preceded by a Letter of Intent. All consortium members have to be involved in the formulation of the research questions, in the development of the proposal and in the execution of the research project. Each consortium can apply for one project only.

Full proposals should make clear how they will constitute and operationalize activities and projects for the following facilities:

  1. Personnel costs of project staff;
  2. Research costs;
  3. Knowledge sharing & research uptake costs;
  4. Audit costs (for all other organisations than a Dutch university).

Top-up funding to the NWO grant
If a researcher awarded granting for 2018 by RISTEKDIKTI is part of the consortium or the research team, the awarded funding by RISTEKDIKTI can be considered as top-up funding to the NWO grant. This RISTEKDIKTI funding is a maximum of 40,000 euros guaranteed for the first year. Awarded researchers may be given priorities for funding for the following two years, subject to the selection process and availability of the RISTEKDIKTI’s funding.

More information can be found in section 3.2 of the call for proposals.

When to apply

The deadline for submitting the compulsory Letter of Intent is 17 May 2018, 14.00 hours CE(S)T. The Letter of Intent must be submitted via

The deadline for the submission of full proposals is 14 June 2018, 14.00 hours CE(S)T.

Application Assessment



The Letters of intent will not be assessed and are meant to gauge the interest in this call and organise the assessment procedure appropriately.
Eligible applications will be assessed on three criteria:

  1. Scientific quality;
  2. Relevance for innovation in development;
  3. Quality of collaboration, capacity development and communication.

More information about the assessment criteria can be found in section 4.2 of the call for proposals.


This call is executed by NWO-WOTRO Science for Global Development. If eligible, proposals will be reviewed on the basis of the selection criteria mentioned in Section 4.2 of the call for proposals. Independent, international expert advisors (peer reviewers) will pre-assess the proposals for all criteria. At least two referees’ reports will be requested for all admissible proposals. The main applicant will be offered an opportunity to respond within five working days to the comments of the experts.

During an assessment meeting, the International Advisory Committee (IAC) will discuss all proposals, pre-assessment reports and responses thereof by the applicant and will rank the proposals. The six projects to be awarded will be evenly divided between the three foci, two projects per focus. Based on the ranking and the spread across the foci, the IAC will present an advice on funding to the Steering Committee (SC) of NWO-WOTRO. In case of insufficient quality for a specific focus, the IAC will advise upon allocation of an additional project to one of the other foci. The composition of the IAC will be agreed upon in consultation with RISTEKDIKTI.


Further Information

Program website: click HERE

Mr. Hali Aprimadya, E-mail: (only for questions regarding the researchers who have been honored by RISTEKDIKTI in 2018).

Ms. R. Miedema, MA, E-mail: