The Creative Industry – KIEM program is aimed at funding short-term fundamental and industrial research. Researchers are invited to apply for funding on behalf of a consortium.

KIEM aims to establish partnerships between knowledge institutes and private parties, including the stimulation of small and medium-sized businesses. With the help of a KIEM funding, consortia (existing of at least one knowledge institute researcher and one private partner) can establish an ongoing partnership to develop short-term fundamental and industrial research. An important requirement for KIEM funding is that the project proposal fits within the framework of CLICKNL’s Knowledge and Innovation Agenda 2018-2021.

For whom
Researchers with a doctorate and an appointment at a Dutch university or a research institute recognized by NWO may apply for funding. A KIEM application can have no more than two co-applicants. Possible co-applicants also must be researchers with a doctorate and an appointment at a research institution recognized by NWO.

Partnership between at least one researcher and at least one private party is a requirement for KIEM funding. The private partner’s matching contribution may be made by multiple private parties together.

What to apply for
NWO will fund 15.000 euros of the total budget per research proposal. The private partner must match at least 20%, of which at least half in cash. Example: with an applied for budget of 15.000 euros, a minimum matching contribution of 3.000 euros is required, of which 1.500 in cash. The total budget of the project therefore amounts to a minimum of 18.000 euros.

The Creative Industry KIEM funding is meant for:
• Exemption of education and other tasks (replacement funding) for (co-)applicants of no more than 15.000 euros.
• Material costs for the research project with a maximum of 2000 euros within the to be applied for 15.000 euros.

This call for proposals is open from the date of publication until Thursday, 12 September, 2019, 14.00 o’clock CET or until the available resources have been exhausted. Applications are treated on first come, first serve basis.

There will be five assessment moments in 2019. The collection dates in 2019 for these assessment moments are:

Thursday, 7 February, 14.00 uur CET
Thursday, 14 March, 14.00 uur CET
Thursday, 18 April, 14.00 uur CET
Thursday, 30 May, 14.00 uur CET
Thursday, 12 September, 14.00 uur CET

For more information about assessment criteria and procedures, visit the NWO website.


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