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October 17th 2019

What are we?
At the end of 2017, the NWO executive board approved the four core values. These did not come out of the blue. Many people, including the institute directors, were involved in the search for words that best fit our organisation. The four core values chosen say something about how we carry out our tasks and how we want to collaborate with researchers, companies, government bodies and societal organisations.

What do the words mean?

  • Groundbreaking: at NWO, we pioneer and explore the boundaries of knowledge, applications and processes. And we go further in this than anyone has gone before.
  • Committed: At NWO, we are committed to our organisation and we anticipate current issues in science and society.
  • Reliable: At NWO, we do what we promise. We are honest, open and meticulous. And you can hold us accountable to that.
  • Connecting: At NWO, we seek to collaborate and see the big picture. We are open and bring stakeholders, different areas of expertise and agendas together.

What does this mean for you?
You probably recognise yourself in one or more of these core values. However, it is always good to occasionally chat with your colleagues about how you convey these values and what these values mean for your work and for science. To help get this conversation going, compliment cards were handed out in April. These are five-sided cardboard cards and each card is dedicated to one of the four core values. You could give these to a colleague who is groundbreaking, connecting, committed or reliable in your eyes. And after that you can get creative and use the cards to make a twelve-sided regular polyhedron (see photo).

And now?
We need to convey these core values in our daily work at NWO. Because we think that this is the best way to realise scientific research with scientific and societal impact. You can see that in the NWO strategy, personnel policy, in all our communication and via your line managers. And… via all 2.500 NWO personnel. The meaning and expression of the core values differs per job and per person. And that is both fine and unavoidable. For example, the NWO Institutes also have their own scientific mission and realise their own strategy.

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Log in to Joost and surf to https://joost.nwo.nl/wijzijnNWO.
Please note! PhDs working in the BUW cannot access Joost, the intranet at NWO. If you are interested in NWO's core values, then you can request these via info-nwoi@nwo.nl.

Summary of the new NWO strategy.
Animation (English subtitles) about the new strategy and the five ambitions of NWO.