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. The other half of the budget is available for a number of other types of funding.