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Open Technology Programme

Call Type 

The Open Technology Programme (OTP) focuses on scientific and technical research and is characterised by an absence of disciplinary boundaries. OTP reseach proposals can be submitted on a continuous basis: there is no deadline for the Open Technology Programme. To do so, click on the red button ‘Apply now’ on the left.

Research proposals are assessed by international and independent experts on the basis of specific questions about excellent scientific quality and utilisation. The research proposal, the referee’s comments and the applicant’s rebuttal together form a protocol, on which the jury establishes an order of priority. The board eventually makes allocation decisions based on this prioritisation. Jury members are generally sent twenty research proposals with accompanying protocols. TTW sets up a user committee for every project.  

The Open Technology Programme has a budget of up to 18 million euro for 2016. In 2015, around 30 percent of the applications were successful.

For more information please contact the TTW Program Officer in your specialist area.

New guidelines
As of 1 February 2017, new guidelines for funding proposals for research under the Open Technology Programme (OTP) apply.  

The main changes are:

  • Material credit and investment credit are entered inclusive of Dutch VAT in the application;
  • After a proposal has been awarded funding, the grant is paid through installment payments to the institution of the main applicant.

Applications which have already been taken into consideration by the STW/TTW office, shall be handled under the old OTP guidelines.

Applicants who already are far advanced in their preparation of their application may submit their proposal under the old OTP guidelines till 1 March 2017.

Should you have any questions, please contact the TTW office.

Data management protocol
All calls for proposals published since 1 October 2016 onwards include the data management protocol. For more information, please see NWO
's data management protocol, the Open Technology Programma Guidelines and the form Data management section).

Submitting a proposal
To submit an OTP-proposal in ISAAC, click on the 'Apply now' button on the left hand side of this webpage.

Documents needed for submitting an OTP-project:

In the ‘Guidelines for financing applications’ notes on several topes can be found e.g.:

  • Intellectual Property & Publication arrangements
  • Co-funding
  • Requirements for TTW Letters of Support
  • Personnel positions
  • Project-specific costs
  • Required forms
  • Assessment procedure (including Evaluations items and Evaluation scales)