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Netherlands - Organisations

This section provides short information on the main relevant Organisations within the national R&I system.
Adviesraad voor wetenschap, technologie en innovatie - AWTI

The AWTI advises the Government and the Parliament on policies related to scientific research, technological developments and innovation. Knowledge, research and innovation are important for all policy areas. In spite of this, the AWTI mainly relates to the areas dominated by the minister of Education, Culture and Science (science policy) and Economic Affairs (innovation policy). The AWTI provides advice when it is applied for or when the council deems it necessary.

The VSNU – Association of universities in the Netherlands – is formed by the fourteen Dutch research Universities. VSNU represents the universities to the government, parliament, and governmental and civic organisations. It does so by facilitating debate, developing and disseminating common positions, contributing towards improving the reputation of the university sector, and by making strategic choices to strengthen scientific education and research in the Netherlands.

Ministerie voor Economische Zaken

The Ministry promotes the Netherlands as a country of enterprise with a strong international competitive position and an eye for sustainability. It is committed to creating an excellent entrepreneurial business climate, by creating the right conditions and giving entrepreneurs room to innovate and grow, by paying attention to nature and the living environment and by encouraging cooperation between research institutes and businesses.

Ministerie van Onderwijs, Cultuur en Wetenschap (OCW)

The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science issues policies, drafts legislation and appropriates public funds on behalf of Dutch citizens. The aim of Dutch science policy is to create a research climate that fosters world-class scientific achievements and promotes the welfare and well-being of society at large.

Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland

Netherlands Enterprise Agency ( encourages entrepreneurs in sustainable, agrarian, innovative and international business. The Agency helps with grants, finding business partners, know-how and compliance with laws and regulations and it aims to make it easier to do business using smart organisation and digital communication. The Agency works at the instigation of ministries and the European Union and is part of the Ministry of Economic Affairs. The organisation has been in existence since 2014 and is the result of a merger between NL Agency and the Dienst Regelingen.

Nederlandse organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (NWO)

The key activity of NWO is research funding, mainly universities. NWO also has research institutes and is engaged in science policy related activities, e.g. policy advice or evaluations. It is responsible for enhancing the quality and innovative nature of scientific research, as well as initiating and stimulating new developments in scientific research. It mainly fulfils its tasks by allocating resources, and facilitating, for the benefit of society, dissemination of knowledge from the results of research.

Koninklijke Nederlandse Academie voor Wetenschappen (KNAW)

The Academy's mission is to ensure the quality of scientific research in the Netherlands. Its main activities and functions are advising the government on matters related to scientific research; assessing the quality of scientific research (peer review); providing a forum for the scientific world and promoting international scientific cooperation; acting as an umbrella organisation for the institutes primarily engaged in basic and strategic scientific research and disseminating information. The Academy's research institutes employ a total of approximately 1300 staff.

Statistics Netherlands is responsible for collecting and processing data in order to publish statistics to be used in practice, by policymakers and for scientific research. In addition to its responsibility for (official) national statistics, Statistics Netherlands also has the task of producing European (community) statistics. The legal basis for Statistics Netherlands and its work is the Act of 20 November 2003 last amended by the Act of 15 December 2004 governing the central bureau of statistics (Statistics Netherlands).

Technologiestichting STW (STW)

Technology Foundation STW realises the transfer of knowledge between the technical sciences and users. It does this by funding excellent technical scientific research and by bringing researchers and users together in each project. The Technology Foundation STW’s basic strategy is to call for proposals from the field. These always concern innovative research with a potential for utilisation, in the form of independent projects and programmes (related projects around one subject). About half of the STW budget goes to the Open Technology Programme which consists of independent projects.

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