Designing for public values in a digital world

NWO: call Responsible Innovation

This call opens the way for research finding (technological and institutional) solutions for fundamental value conflicts.

This call is a unique collaboration between The Hague Municipal Council, the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Defence, the Ministry of Justice and Security, and NWO.

The research agenda 'Responsible innovation. Designing for public values in a digital world' forms the basis for this call. This agenda is characterised by the interaction between public values and digital technology. The key question is how to ensure public values in digital projects. The agenda consists of four themes, namely:

  1. New digital technology in the modern rule of law
  2. Privacy and human rights in new digital networks
  3. Big Data science for a democratic public space
  4. Complexity as a consequence of hyper-connectivity for public and private actors
    Applications focus on one of these themes.

The aim of the programme is to generate scientific innovative knowledge and insights to strengthen the policy of the partners in the call 'Responsible innovation. Designing for public values in a digital world'.

The call 'Responsible innovation. Designing for public values in a digital world' is part of 'Responsible Innovation (NWO-MVI). The MVI-approach (, and the call) consists of three pillars: 1. interdisciplinary collaboration, 2. proactive production or design perspective and 3. societal relevance and valorisation.

Who can apply
Full proposals can be submitted on behalf of consortia with an interdisciplinary composition. Each consortium consists of researchers from the humanities, natural sciences and social sciences. Further, each consortium consists of a main applicant, at least one co-applicant and at least one private party who contribute to the project (this is therefore not a main applicant or co-applicant). During the submission of the pre-proposals, at least the main applicant should be known.

Experienced researchers who hold a PhD for at least the duration of the research for which the grant is applied for and are employed by (i.e. have a salaried appointment) at a Dutch university and/or a Knowledge Institute recognised by NWO, can submit an application.

An exception to the required duration of appointment can be made for main applicants with a tenure-track appointment.

A contribution (co-funding) of private parties to the research projects is required. The size of this contribution is at least 10% of the funding requested from NWO and it may consist entirely of an in-kind contribution.

When to apply
The deadline for submitting compulsory pre-proposals is 19 March 2019 at 14:00 hours CET.
The deadline for submitting full proposals is 18 June 2019 at 14:00 hours CEST.

For more information about this call, please visit the NWO website.