User Support Programme Space Research

User Support Space Research 2017-2019

The NWO Domain Science (ENW) is cooperating with the Netherlands Space Office (NSO) in the programme User Support Space Research. The aim of this programme is to provide support to researchers working in the Netherlands during the (preparation for) use of scientific infrastructure in space for the purpose of high quality research. The programme is open to excellent research in the areas of earth observation and planetary research. Possible research themes for earth observation are geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, cryosphere and biosphere, as well as research in which these themes are combined. The research theme for planetary research is planetary evolution and habitability, focused on our own solar system. A budget of 7.2 M€ is available for the period 2017-2019. Three annual calls will be published.

Who can apply

Funding from the User Support Programma Space Research can be applied for by associate, assistant and full professors or researchers with a comparable position who hold an appointment at a Dutch university or a research institute recognised by NWO. The main applicant should have a paid employment contract for at least the duration of the application process and the research for which funding is requested. A maximum of 1 application per researcher per year can be submitted.

What can be applied for

Personnel costs (one position per research project; 1 PhD for 4 years or 1 postdoc for a maximum of 3 years) and a maximum of 50,000 euros for additional costs (material and/or travel costs).

Applicants cannot apply for a grant to cover the costs of tenured staff, student assistants, analysts or technicians, overhead cost, general laboratory equipment and the costs for maintenance, insurance, congress visits and publications.

When to apply

The deadline for submitting applications was 18 May 2017, 14.00 hrs CEST. A new call for proposals will be opened in 2018.


 Ms drs. D.S.D. (Daniëlle) Hollman

T +31 88 602 45 44