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February 22nd 2017

Funding instruments in the new NWO
From 2017 onwards the current FOM organisation will form a new NWO organisation together with the other NWO units. During the course of 2017 all of the information on this website will be modified in accordance with the new organisation structure of NWO. For further information we refer you to the information page about the NWO transition.
FOM's current funding instruments will remain unchanged in the first half of 2017. NWO will announce any changes to the funding instruments at least six months in advance. The year 2017 will be a transition year. More information.


About the Vrije FOM-programma's
In a Vrij FOM-programma the specialists from various Dutch knowledge institutes consolidate their strengths in specific areas. The research groups work in areas that Dutch physics excels in at an international level and for which there is a clear scientific and societal interest. The new research programmes must lead to a real understanding of recently discovered phenomena and in some cases also provide perspectives for new technologies. With this programme FOM is trying to achieve two objectives: physics research of the highest possible quality in the Netherlands plus a focus on scientific subjects and the consolidation of research activities. With the Vrije FOM programmes FOM also realises strategic research policy via its subareas.

The Vrije FOM-programma's arise on the basis of ideas from researchers, who can develop and submit a proposal. All programme proposals are in competition with each other. The programmes should have a clear objective, focus, cohesion and added value (compared to separate small-scale projects). Of course, the scientific quality must be convincing as well.

Call for proposals
The call for proposals for Vrije FOM-programma's contains, for example, guidelines for submission of proposals and information about the rules and general approach of the assessment and selection procedure, available at the top right of this page.

A focus memorandum has been written for each of the six subareas in physics that FOM distinguishes. These memoranda serve as sources of inspiration for thinking about new programmes. However FOM will not automatically reject proposals for new programmes that do not fall within the focus areas stated. At the top of this webpage you can download the most recent focus memoranda.