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Funding newsletter November 2015

Welcome to the funding newsletter, where you’ll find the latest developments in research funding, specifically for ERIM researchers. Every few months we’ll send you an update of open calls for proposals from national and European funding schemes, plus new developments and changes in schemes and procedures. Finally, we’ll suggest interesting funding seminars and workshops you can attend.

Rob Zuidwijk obtains NWO Accelerator Grant

Rob Zuidwijk, professor of Ports in Global Networks, succeeded in obtaining an NWO Accelerator Grant for his project INDEEP    
The NWO Accelerator call is intended to support innovation in the logistics sector. Prior research within this sector has led to the establishment of consortia, consisting of businesses, governmental bodies and community organizations. Over time, these consortia have developed into so-called innovation communities. The NWO Accelerator programme aims at supporting these innovation communities in carrying out their research agenda. Projects eligible to receive this type of funding have to be highly innovative, transdisciplinary and internationally orientated.
The INDEEP research project takes a closer look at the innovation process, or more specifically, the mechanisms behind effective and successful innovation. The final goal of INDEEP is to establish a framework that allows the SmartPort logistics community, the SmartPort ecosystem, and the logistics sector in general to implement innovations in a more effective and efficient manner. This will improve the competitive position of the logistics sector as currently many innovations do not make it past the pilot phase and, as such, fail to make a significant impact.

The project is coordinated by Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University and has 6 partners, including Smart Port, Port of Rotterdam, Deltalinqs and TNO. The highly innovative 3-year project receives approximately €250.000 funding from NWO. Another €250.000 is provided by the industrial partners as co-funding.

Congratulations Rob.


New H2020 work programmes now available and deadlines planned early 2016

The new work programmes of most of the H2020 grand societal challenges are now available on line. The work programmes cover the period 2016-2017 and describe in detail all call topics, their expected impact, their deadlines for submission and the available budget.

You can consult and download the work programmes on the following web link.
The best way to go through the work programmes is to look at the table of contents that gives a brief overview of the overall call structure and subcalls. You can then find the detailed description of the call topic of your interest on the indicated page.

Parts of the work programme that relate to 2017 are provided at this stage on an indicative basis and the deadlines and budgets will be finalised in 2016. Some Grand Challenges have deadlines early in 2016. That is the case for “Inclusive Societies” with deadlines on the 4th of February and “Smart and Integrated Transport” with deadlines on the 20th of January 2016.

Funding Calendar for first half 2016

A funding calendar with an overview of the most important and relevant national and European calls in the first half of 2016 is now available. The Funding Calendar has been published on the ERIM website on this webpage.

The calendar contains a brief description of the funding scheme, the call topic, basic requirements and a link to the funding webpage. It includes various funding opportunities, from NWO, H2020, Nuffic and KNAW. If you are interested in applying or would like to know more about the application procedure for a particular call, please contact Veerle van Laere (

VENI Deadline is approaching – FAB meeting in December

A VENI funding round is held every year and the 2016 deadline will be on January 5, 2016. VENI is targeted at outstanding researchers who have recently obtained their PhD. They are at the start of their scientific career and display a striking talent for scientific research. Excellent researchers who have completed their PhD within the last three years can apply for a VENI grant.

Applications are open to both researchers from the Netherlands and researchers coming from outside the Netherlands. The funding amount is €250.000 per grant.
In case you are interested in submitting a VENI application we strongly encourage you to have your research proposal reviewed and evaluated by ERIM’s Funding Advisory Board (FAB). The main objective of the FAB is to improve the structure and quality of a proposal by giving constructive feedback, by asking questions about aspects that may be unclear and by giving suggestions on how to improve the attractiveness of the proposal. The ERIM FAB consists of senior researchers that have ample experience with applying for and obtaining research funding or have experience as a peer reviewer or evaluator for EC or NWO funding schemes.

The FAB meeting for VENI applications will take place on the 14th of December from 13.00 – 16.30. If you would like to present your research application to the FAB, please send your research proposal before December 7th, 14.00.

Bas Koene obtains Erasmus+ funding for his Case Study Alliance project

Bas Koene succeeded in obtaining Erasmus+ funding under the Key Action 2 Strategic Partnerships. The primary objective of the Case Study Alliance project is to bring higher education closer to the practice of the business world, by developing real-life case studies on entrepreneurship, business and management to be used in higher education. As the wealth of training materials grow, this will increase the quality of higher learning opportunities and strengthen the understanding of the entrepreneurship and business context in Turkey and also in other emerging economies. In the project there will be a transfer of knowledge and know-how from the experienced partners to the less experienced partners in emerging economies regarding the development and use of case studies.

Bas Koene and his Case Development Centre belong to the more experienced partners that will teach how to develop and write a relevant case study. In the long run the project will give emerging markets, such as Turkey broader access to industry cases and therefore helping higher education institutions to train future managers and expatriates with more effectiveness and relevance. The total amount of funding given to this project is €436.178. The consortium consists of five partners and Istanbul Technical University is the lead partner.

Congratulations Bas and we wish you good luck with the project.

NWO introduces new electronic submission system ISAAC

Between the 13th and the 23rd of November 2015, NWO is migrating to a new online application and reporting system, called ISAAC. This affects application submissions. Up until the 12th of November 2015 you can submit applications via Iris, the current application system. From the 13th of November onwards, Iris is no longer available. Between the 13th and 22nd of November, you cannot submit any applications to NWO. As of the 23rd of November, 12:00 CET you can submit your application via the new ISAAC system. If you have previously submitted an application to NWO in Iris, your old Iris account will, in principle, be converted to an ISAAC account. At first login, you will be asked to change your password.

For a limited number of accounts, conversion is not possible due to technical reasons. In that case, you will see an error message when trying to login. You will then need to create a new ISAAC account. Once the account has been created, NWO will transfer your project history from Iris to your new account.
If you have not previously submitted an application to NWO, then please create a new ISAAC account after 23 November, 12:00 CET. You are advised to do this at least one day before submitting your application to ensure that any registration problems can be resolved on time.

The ISAAC helpdesk is available from the 23rd of November onwards, from Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 17:00 CET on +31 (0)900 696 47 47.


Veerle van Laere



Veerle Van Laere
RSM Director of Grants Development
Office Mandeville Building T6-36
+31 10 4082596


Roel van den Berg
 ESE Programme Director Research
 Office Tinbergen Building H6-22
 +31 10 4081306
 +31 10 4081377
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