Optimal balance between NWO programmes for curiosity-driven research and talented researchers and thematic research

At the request of the Dutch Minister of Education, Culture and Science, the Academy will issue an advisory report on an optimal balance between programmes for talented researchers, curiosity-driven research (open/free competition) and thematic research. The advisory report will be issued by the end of 2019 at the latest.

Aim

The Dutch Minister for Education, Culture and Science has asked the Academy to compare the Netherlands with other countries regarding resources for talented researchers, curiosity-driven research (other than talent) and thematic research, and to advise on the desired balance between research programmes for talented researchers, curiosity-driven research and thematic research.

Assignment

The reason is the letter of 12 December 2018 from the Dutch Minister of Education, Culture and Science to the Academy, requesting it to issue an advisory report on an optimal balance between the size of intakes of programmes for talented researchers and free competition, and a possible revaluation of free competition.

Activities and schedule

With particular regard to the resources obtained in competition, the Academy will assess the distinction between research programmes for talented researchers, curiosity-driven research (open/free competition) and thematic research. The Academy will also assess the situation relating to resources for talented researchers, curiosity-driven research (other than talent) and thematic research in countries comparable with the Netherlands.

Term

The Academy will offer its advisory report to the Dutch Minister of Education, Culture and Science by the end of 2019 at the latest.