ARIAS, in collaboration with IXA, advises on grant applications for collaborative research projects within its network, directing attention towards the relevant grant trajectories suitable for particular research projects, to apply for by partners, working groups, coalitions, or artists-researchers. ARIAS platforms the developments in research funding and aims to strengthen funding possibilities. 

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> Funding opportunities for institutions HBO & WO
> Funding opportunities for individual researchers
> Financing doctorate positions

Funding for institutions

Universities (WO) have the possibility to respond to the agenda and calls of NWO | the Dutch Research Council. Academies (HBO) similarly have funding opportunities with SIA | the NWO division Taskforce of Applied Research. Find current calls displayed in the Grant Deadline overview in the right-hand column of this page, mostly towards WO or HBO. Collaborations between these aren’t stipulated, although often possible for larger coalitions. A first joint trajectory between NWO and SIA called Smart Cultures ran between 2017-2019, offering context for hybrid collaborative research projects into the: arts, culture, heritage, and media, in relation to the creative industry. In 2019 ARIAS was successfully involved in three granted Smart Culture research proposals.

NWO – scientific research (WO)
The Dutch Research Council (NWO) ensures quality and innovation in science and facilitates its impact on society. Its main task is to fund scientific research at public research institutions in the Netherlands, especially universities. NWO focuses on all scientific disciplines and fields of research, and selects and funds the best research proposals based on the advice of specialist scientists and relevant experts in the Netherlands and abroad (peer review). The council offers several divisions with specific focusses and grant types for both collaborative, institutional, and individual applications. On this page the most relevant grants for the ARIAS network are highlighted:

National Science Agenda (NWA)
The National Science Agenda (NWA) is a research programme that NWO realizes on behalf of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. The overarching aim of this programme is to improve the connection between science and society. The NWA is a large funding body with an expanded programme. Offering large grants, the Agenda demands laborious application processes of large consortia, and in that way the percentage of awarded applications remains low. Ambitious, long-term, and socially innovative projects suitable. Read more.

NWO Kiem
The Creative Industry – KIEM programme encourages and facilitates fundamental and industrial research. Researchers can apply for funding via KIEM on behalf of a consortium of companies and researchers. Read more.

Find an overview of all NWO’s divisions here.
Among these divisions is one programme for applied research in education on HBO level: SIA.

SIA – applied research (HBO)
SIA – Taskforce for Applied Research – is committed to promoting the improvement of applied research, by HBO’s (universities of applied sciences), that focus on finding solutions to problems encountered by professionals in actual practice. Through the active collaboration between entrepreneurs and public sector professionals, the knowledge and findings acquired during the research flows directly back into both the professional practice and into the curriculum of HBO’s. Permanent SIA grant trajectories:

In short this scheme supports the development of new collaborations between knowledge institutions and partners from the working field related to the research’ subject. There are three trajectories: KIEM HBO (theme free), KIEM ce (circular economy), and KIEM GoChem (sustainable chemistry).

In short this scheme supports research projects from which the gained knowledge is translated structurally into professional practices. The research question is often informed by issues from that practice. There are three trajectories: RAAK mbk, RAAK publiek and RAAK pro.

This scheme offers a large grant for consortia of at least two HBO’s for the development of practice focused knowledge for social transitions. The grant goes into the development of research structures rather than research in itself. Read more.

HBO Postdoc
The HBO two year postdoc programme creates a way for promoted HBO teachers to follow-up on their PhD research, within an existing research programme of the school (50/50 teaching/research). Read more.

Please check SIA’s and NWO’s corona measures for changes in their grant schemes deadlines.

Mondriaan Fonds
Commissioning Contemporary Art
Focused on collaboration between organisations and artists this programme allows the commissioning of artworks. The assigned project can take up to four years and the process can be given the shape of a(n) (artistic) research. (n.b. This is not explicit in the grant description itself but absolutely possible! Organisations apply for the grant. Commercial art venues such as galleries and Art-HBO’s are excluded.) Read more.

Funding for individual researchers

Most of the calls in the grants deadline overview in the right-hand column of this page can only be responded to by institutions. Only a few are (also) suitable for individual researchers (see highlighed in green.) Some Amsterdam art funds offer development stipends for artists (see AFK and Mondriaan Fonds) with the potential to be used for developing artistic parts of research. Otherwise, only the Stimuleringsfonds offers research grants both for individual makers and organisations (design, digital culture, architecture). Other opportunities for individual researchers open up when larger institutional coalitions offer (doctorate) positions as part of a research-project (having already been granted funding). ARIAS helps to negotiate such positions and informs about calls for doctorate positions regularly in this Grants overview and in the newsletter.

Current (since 2019/20) relevant grants and scholarships for collaborative project applications for individual researchers within the arts and sciences:

NWA Idea Generator
Researchers together with societal stakeholders (from the entire public knowledge chain) can submit research proposals for small projects with a creative and innovative focus, and potential for societal impact. Applicants of all disciplines and backgrounds welcomed, in all phases of their careers. Practice-oriented, applied, or fundamental research proposals accepted. Individual researchers must show a collaboration with a societal stakeholder. Women are explicitly invited to apply.

The call opens once to twice a year. Keep an eye on our newsletter.
Read more here.

Veni, Vidi, Vici
NWO’s talent programme for individual researchers Veni, Vidi, Vice offers three grants for different stages of development after having obtained a PhD. The funding enables applicants to do their own line of research. Read more on Veni, Vidi, Vici.

Mingler Scholarship
Once a year, the Royal Academy of Arts (KNAW) and The Young Academy, in collaboration with the Niemeijer Fund, make available the Mingler Scholarship for one collaboration between a scientist and an artist. The Scholarship is intended for artists (from all artistic disciplines) and scientists (researchers from the humanities, social and natural sciences) who want to start a research project together. The Scholarship grants € 10,000 (ten thousand euros) only for collaborations between art and science.

The scholarship for 2022 has been awarded (see here), and the next call will be at the start of 2023. Read more here.

CLUE+ Fellowship
Researchers from both scientific and artistic practices can apply for the CLUE+ fellowship. CLUE+ is the interdisciplinary research center of the VU Amsterdam. Contact us for more information closer to date and read the CLUE+ Fellowship Programme guide.

Financing doctorate positions

Internal candidates
Candidates that apply for PhD vacancies at the different research schools get employed by the University upon obtaining the position. The larger framing of the subject of research is in these cases already given and the candidate applies by proposing their approach and vision on that particular project. In such a paid position the researcher works for the University; external candidates are more independent but have to self-fund.

Find current UvA vacancies here.
Find current VU vacancies here.

External candidates
Specifically to the Netherlands most doctorate degrees in the arts are set up as external positions. It means that candidates do not get employed by the respective University and have to self-fund the doctorate. External candidates from abroad are advised to look for eligible grants or scholarships for promotions by funding bodies in their home countries. With a scholarship, getting accepted as an external candidate might be to your advantage. In Amsterdam, after acceptance of the researcher’s proposal by a supervisor and research school at UvA or VU, one can be subscribed as an external candidate. It usually means (however it depends per research school) an exemption from tuition fees, access to a workstation, access to libraries and access to the programs of the research schools. External positions offer candidates full freedom in the proposed subject of research without teaching obligations.

For more information:
UvA’s School for Cultural Analysis on externally funded candidates.
VU’s School for Humanities on their funding options.

As research (especially artistic research) gains more momentum, funding options might open up in the future. Subscribe to our newsletter to stay updated. For international possibilities check the grant agenda and subscribe to SARA, the newsletter of the Research Catalogue.


ARIAS keeps this content up to date, nonetheless the information provided is subject to change.

Application deadlines

*calls applicable (also) for individual researchers highlighted in green.


Open Continuously:

SIDN fund: Pioneers, Open, free and reliable internet


Fund for Cultural Participation, Cultural Education MBO 




13 December 2022:
Stimuleringsfonds, Contemporary use of craftsCall for applicants


15 December 2022:
BAU Air Residency, Call for applicants


15 December 2022:
NIAS, Theme-Group Fellowships, Call for applicants


15 December 2022:
W139 Internship Communication/Internship Production, Call for applicants


11 January 2023:
Stimuleringsfonds, Design grant scheme, Call for applicants


15 January 2023:
You are Here: The Journey of Creative Geography, Counter/cartographiesCall for submissions


18 January 2023:
Stimuleringsfonds, Digital culture grant scheme, Call for applicants


06 March 2022:
Diseña, Repairing Design: Damage, Care, and Fragility, Call for papers


March 2023: 
UK Research and Innovation, Early career fellowships in cultural and heritage institutions





07 December 2022:
Stimuleringsfonds, Building Talent for starting makers and designers, Call for applicants


03 December 2022:
TU Delft, Footprint 34: Narrating Shared Futures, Call for papers


01 December 2022:
Jan van Eyck Academie Residency, Call for applicants


25 November 2022:
Hybrida Space AIR Residency Program, Call for applicants


21 November 2022:
DeCoSEAS Southeast Asia-Europe Visiting Fellowship 2023, Call for applicants


14 November 2022:
SAR Conference on Artistic Research 2023, Call for contributions


16 October 2022:
Simulacrum Magazine, Call for papers about water


13 October 2022:
Architecture Grant Scheme, Understanding the field of architecture grant


12 October 2022:
Digital Culture Grant Scheme, Digital technology, new media & games grant


10 October 2022:
Het Nieuwe Instituut, Senior Researcher: Digital Cultures


01 October 2022:
Rijksacademie, Residency


01 October 2022:
Zurich University of the Arts, PhD in Performing Arts and Film


20 September 2022: 
NWO, KIEM-circular economy 2021-2022


06 September 2022:
NWO Talent Programme, Veni – Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH)


01 September 2022: 
NLTG Theme Groups, NIAS – Lorentz programme, Call for applicants and pre-proposals


01 September 2022: 
Justus-Liebig-Universität (JLU), Call for Applications, Planetary Scholars & Artists in Residence Program (2023)


21 August 2022: 
Kunstlicht, FAILING ON TIME, Guest Editor: Dunja Nešović, call for papers


01 July 2022: 
Eye Academic: Film Restoration/ Film Collection Traineeship, Open Call 


31 June 2022: 
IDFA: Submissions of performances and interactive/immersive projects for IDFA 


30 June 2022: 
OPEN RAAK-PRO: Deadline letter of intent


30 June 2022: 
University of Amsterdam, Call for Papers and Participants, ‘Walking-with Amsterdam’ – Walking as Research Practice (WARP) Research Group Conference 2022


15 June 2022: 
Stimuleringsfonds: Open Call Room for Design Critique, Reflection and Debate


10 June 2022: 
IDFA: IBF Classic – Project Development, 7500 euro


01 June 2022: 
Performance Philosophy: Call for proposals: “Technology, Mediation, Performance


31 May 2022:
Jan van Eyck, Future Materials Research Fellowship


31 May 2022 23:00 CEST:
Prince Claus Fund & Goethe-Institut, Mentorship Award Cultural & Artistic Responses to Environmental Change


26 May 2022, 16:00 (GMT): 
UKRI, Innovation Scholars programme


15 May 2022:
Art of Neuroscience, Call for submissions


15 May 2022:
Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Vacancy: new chair of the Executive Board (f/x/m)


15 May 2022:
University of Amsterdam, RPA Humane, Call for proposals, Workshop – (Un)fairness of Artificial Intelligence


13 May 2022:
Tallinn Architecture Biennial, Open call for cookbooks and manuals 


02 May 2022: 
Call for Participation: Symposium Archival Interactions: Performing Intersectional Counter-Archives academic presentations or performance lectures


29 April 2022:
waag technology & society, Artsformation Open Call, €5.000 for two projects on A.I. x Arts


24 April 2022:
Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, Institute of Network Cultures, Call for Proposals – Our Creative Reset Conference


15 April 2022: 
The University of Pennsylvania, The Program in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies: Oral History Postdoctoral Fellow in Trans Studies


01 April 2022:
INNO FEST, Innofest X SIA – Floriade Expo 2022: Grant of 10,000 euros to a University of Applied Sciences school that wants to experiment in research forward the Knowledge and Innovation Agenda Agriculture, Water, Food 


01 April 2022:
De Ateliers, Application Call


31 March 2022:
Gemeente Amsterdam: Subsidy for one-off art and culture projects in Amsterdam South


30 March 2022:  
DISEÑA # 21, Call for Papers, Design, Oppression, and Liberation


29 March 2022: 
NWO, Rubicon 2022-1


28 March 2022:
Stimuleringsfonds, Open Call Working differently on housing


25 March 2022: 
IDFA DocLab, Open Call for Festival Commissions 2022


18 March 2022, University of Amsterdam, Call for Proposals for Research Support Funding, Global Digital Cultures 2022. Click here for more. 


15 March 2022:
NIAS-KNAW, Individual Fellowship Applications


15 March 2022: 
NIAS, Call for Nominations: Writer-in-Residence 


15 March 2022: 
NWO, KIEM-circular economy 2021-2022


13 March 2022: 
FIBER Festival 2022, Call For Works, Mutation (Part II)


10 March 2022:  
University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis x NICA, Call for Papers, Staging Gender: Sexuality and Embodiment on Stage across Geopolitical Borders


08 March 2022:
Regieorgaan SIA, RAAK-SME, 2-year research for universities of applied sciences together with SMEs


03 March 2022: 
NWO, PhDs in the Humanities 2022


02 March 2022:
Ars Electronica STARTS Prize 2022, Open Call, Creatives Unite


01 March 2022: 
Utrecht Creative Coding, A.I. x Nature, ‘Gardening’


01 March 2022:
NWO, NWA Science Communication 2021


28 February 2022: 
NWA x VU Amsterdam, Artist Residency Call, Pressing Matters


14 February 2022: 
IJCAI, Call for Papers: A.I. for Good (SPECIAL TRACK)


14 February 2022: 
Artes Mundi, Open call for nominations of visual artists


04 February 2022: 
Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, Institute of Network Cultures, PRTSCN: The Lazy Art of the Screenshot


02 February 2022: 
IJCAI, Call for Workshops: A.I. for creativity and art


01 February 2022: 
KNAW, Early Career Partnership


01 February 2022: 
NWO, Dutch Research Agenda – Research along Routes by Consortia 2022 (NWA-ORC 2022)


31 January 2022:
Call for Papers | ESSCS ‘Thinking (with) Care’


31 January 2022: 
University of Melbourne, Penny Morris Research Scholarship


24 January 2022: 
Mondrian Fonds, Grant, Kunst Media


20 January 2022:
University of Amsterdam, Call for Papers, Oceans as Archives


19 January 2022:  
Stimuleringsfonds, Digital Culture Scheme


16 January 2022:  
Eye Film Museum, Academic: Call for Proposals, Global Audiovisual Archiving, Exchange of Knowledge and Practices


10 January 2022: 
APRIA Open Call, ‘Ways of Knowing


03 January 2022: 
Academie van Kunsten, Mingler Scholarship, made available for a collaboration between a scientist and an artist