Visitor's Travel Grant
The NWO Visitor's Travel Grant programme is designed to encourage visits to the Netherlands by highly qualified foreign researchers in order to advance international cooperation by Dutch researchers and to enable foreign researchers to familiarise themselves with Dutch research and the research infrastructure of the Netherlands. The purpose of the Visitor's Travel Grants programme is to promote international cooperation between researchers in the Netherlands and elsewhere and to promote knowledge of Dutch research in other countries. The aim of the programme is to increase the expertise and knowledge of the Dutch research team concerned. The programme provides the opportunity to apply for a grant to help fund a visit by a foreign researcher that will make a vital contribution to the progress of a clearly delineated current scientific research project in the Netherlands. For the Visitor’s Travel Grant, Cooperation Germany – Von Humboldt Stiftung, Cooperation Japan, Cooperation Taiwan and Cooperation China travel grants and seminars, NWO has reserved k€ 370 for 2017, which has been divided into two equal parts over the year.
Researchers in the Netherlands can apply for a visitor's grant for highly qualified senior researchers from abroad who hold a PhD. With this grant these researchers can stay in the Netherlands for a maximum of four months.
A visitor's grant is intended for the visit of a foreign researcher who makes an important contribution to a ongoing Dutch research project.
The aim of the visitor’s grants is to facilitate the cooperation between Dutch and foreign researchers. This increases the knowledge about Dutch research in other countries and strengthens the expertise at the Dutch research group.
Who can apply
Starting 2017 a researcher (at least post-doc), with a tenured position at one of the Dutch universities, KNAW institutes, NWO institutes, NKI, MPI Nijmegen, researchers from the Dubble Beamline at the ESRF in Grenoble, NCB Naturalis, and the Advanced Research Centre for NanoLithography (ARCNL) can apply for a visitor's grant.
What to apply for
Subsistence costs are remunerated for a maximum period of four months with a standard payment of:
- 1750 euros per month for an experienced researcher;
- 2000 euros per month for a professor.
International travel costs are reimbursed up to a maximum of:
- 500 euros for researchers from Europe;
- 1500 euros for researchers from outside of Europe.
When to apply
Applications can be submitted up until six months before the start of the visit and until the reserved budget for the programmes Visitor’s Travel Grant, Cooperation Germany - Von Humboldt Stiftung, Cooperation Japan, Cooperation Taiwan and Cooperation China travel and subsistence costs, seminars has been exhausted.
The following assessment criteria will be used:
- quality of the applicant;
- quality and seniority of the visitor;
- quality and feasibility of the work plan for the work visit in relation to the period requested;
- importance of the work visit for the progress of the ongoing research project;
- knowledge utilisation.
The NWO-wide grant committee will assess the applications. The first step in the assessment procedure is to determine the admissibility of the application. This is done using the conditions stated in previous paragraphs of this call for proposals. As a rule, for the application no external referee will be consulted. The Visitor's Travel Grants selection committee will assess the application and accompanying documents and will advise NWO whether to award the grant; the final decision will then be taken by the Governing Board of NWO. The assessment procedure may take up to six months to complete. The NWO Code of Conduct on Conflicts of Interest applies to all persons and NWO staff involved in the assessment and/or decision-making process. NWO gives all full proposals a qualification. The applicant is informed of this qualification when the decision about whether or not to award funding is announced. Only proposals that receive at least the qualification excellent/very good/good will be eligible for funding.