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October 18th 2017

Right from the outset, most of the fundamental research within the NWO Domain Science (physics) has purely been concluded on the basis of intrinsic scientific motives, in other words intellectual curiosity. NWO finds it is important that researchers are encouraged to think how they want to make the knowledge acquired available to society. The NWO Domain Science (physics) deploys the following instruments to this end: 

  • Valorisation projects for university workgroups (closed)
     NWO (formerly FOM) funds Valorisation projects to encourage the valorisation of the scientific research it supports within the university workgroups.
  • The NWO Physics Valorisation Prize
    This prize has been awarded annually; the prize money is € 250,000. The prize is a reward for researchers who have successfully made new knowledge useful for society. 
  • The NWO Physics Valorisation Chapter Prize 
    NWO encourages PhDs to include a chapter in their theses about the opportunities and possibilities for valorising their research. Since 2010, NWO has awarded a prize of € 5,000 for the thesis with the best valorisation chapter.
  • Valorisation training for PhD students working at the NWO-I
    Once a year NWO-I (the Institutes Organisation of NWO) organises a valorisation training course for its PhDs. The aim of this course is to make PhDs aware of the importance, value and opportunities that scientific knowledge offers for applications. Information about this training course and the planned data can be found through Special courses for trainee researchers.

FOM Valorisation Memorandum
In May 2008, NWO (formerly FOM) published a memorandum entitled 'Fundamental research for society', Valorisation at FOM. In this FOM described at the time what it will do over the next few years to ensure, wherever possible, that its fundamental research is made more useful for society. Besides the key objective of being 'top 5 in the world in terms of research quality' NWO now has a second objective: valorisation.

The memorandum describes five focus areas:
1. programming of a research agenda relevant to society
2. collaborating with industry
3. encouraging entrepreneurship
4. working towards a complete change of culture in the organisation
5. protecting and capitalising knowledge

The full version of the memorandum is only available in Dutch.

You can also contact Jeroen van Houwelingen, telephone +31 30 600 12 17.