Web location: http://www.fom.nl/live/english/research/research_programmes/free_programmes/free_programmes.pag
The so-called Vrije programma's form the largest category of research programmes. The majority of the budget is available for challenging initiatives from researchers. Programmes should have a clear objective, focus, cohesion and added value (compared to separate small-scale projects). And the scientific quality must of course be evident.
Programmes are awarded funding in a highly competitive annual round. The proposals submitted are evaluated on the basis of oral presentations, recommendations from advisory committees and a strict evaluation by international experts. Based on these evaluations, FOM's Executive Board eventually awards the programmes for a predetermined number of years.
To facilitate the management of developments in Dutch physics, FOM's Executive Board has divided FOM's sphere of activities into seven subfields. The programmes carried out within a given subfield can be found in the menu on the left.
For further information about the yearly single round for programme applications, please see the section research grants
Further information about the five new programmes awarded in 2013 can be found below.
Further information about the five new programmes awarded in 2012 can be found below.
Further information about the five new programmes awarded in 2011 can be found below.
Further information* about the six new programmes awarded in 2010 can be found below.
Further information* about the five new programmes awarded in 2009 can be found below.
* In Dutch.