Demonstrator 2022


Researchers who want to apply knowledge from their research and bring it to the market can apply for funding from NWO to further develop this knowledge into a Demonstrator. In a Demonstrator project, all preparatory activities are carried out that are necessary to transfer the underlying Demonstrator knowledge to a third party.

The Demonstrator programme focuses on facilitating and stimulating the application of research results from Dutch universities, research institutes or Universities of Applied Sciences (funded by SIA). The programme aims at further developing the knowledge to the level of a Minimal Viable Product. This demonstrator version can be used to show a third party what the application perspectives of the underlying demonstrator knowledge are and that this is ready for transfer ("Show to Transfer”). The eventual commercialisation of the knowledge is realised at and by a commercial third party.

Who can apply?

Teachers and lecturers at a Dutch university of applied sciences can submit an application.

Full, associate and assistant professors and other researchers with a comparable position may submit an application if they have a tenured position (and therefore a paid position for an indefinite period) or a tenure track agreement at one of the following organisations:

  • Universities established in the Kingdom of the Netherlands
  • University medical centers
  • KNAW and NWO institutes
  • the Netherlands Cancer Institute
  • the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen
  • the Dubble bundle line at the ESRF in Grenoble
  • NCB Naturalis
  • Advanced Research Center for NanoLithography (ARCNL)
  • Princess Máxima Center

How do I apply?

The deadline for submitting applications is Tuesday 8 March 2022 at 14:00:00 hours CET.

A maximum of € 160,000 (including VAT) can be requested for a proposal in this call. A Demonstrator project has a maximum duration of 18 months. 

For more information about the budget modules that are available in this call, the criteria and how to apply visit the Demonstrator 2022 NWO webpage