What must I submit?
If you have a project idea or grant application matching one of the ongoing calls, you can submit it via the ‘Mijn ZonMw’ digital desk. In addition to completing the application form, we ask you to add a number of documents, such as a detailed project budget and the Statement of agreement concerning submission of a detailed grant application.
Application form in ‘Mijn ZonMw’
An ongoing call for grant applications contains a link to ‘Mijn ZonMw’. Click the link to go to the summary page of ongoing calls for grant applications. You can select the application form for the call there.
How do I submit the Statement of agreement?
You can add your Statement of agreement to your detailed grant application directly via ‘Mijn ZonMw'. Or you can send the Statement by e-mail one week after submitting your grant application at the latest. Send your e-mail to the relevant programme secretariats as specified in the call for grant applications.
By signing the Statement of agreement, the person bearing administrative responsibility and the primary applicant agree to submission of the grant application. They must both sign this document.
What should I know about the project budget?
In the project budget, you must describe how much funding you believe you will need for the elements personnel, materials, implementation costs, miscellaneous costs, and third-party contributions. The call for grant applications specifies the required budget format. If this is not specified in the call, use the format most suitable for your organisation.
Costs of the audit opinion
Audit costs up to a maximum of €3,500 may be included in the budget of projects costing €125,000 or more. Because of changes to ZonMw’s General Grant Provisions effective from 1 April 2022, you must submit an audit opinion in addition to the final financial report on completion of a project costing €125,000 or more.
Universities and university medical centres are not permitted to include auditor’s costs in the budget. Separate arrangements have been made with these institutions concerning the audit opinion required. Please contact your finance department for further information.
Open Access publication costs
Open Access publication has been a ZonMw requirement since 1 January 2021. Open Access aims to make publicly funded research available online to all. Costs for Open Access publication may be included in the project budget. The maximum permitted budget amount is specified in the call text. Include ‘Open Access’ as a separate item in your budget.
funded by ZonMw serve the public interest and ZonMw is not a ‘service user’ with regard to the services provided by the grant recipient. You will not have to pay VAT on the grant you receive, in other words.
If, as a grant recipient, you use the grant to procure goods or services, you pay VAT for these goods or services. If you cannot deduct the paid VAT in your VAT declaration, you are allowed to specify it as project costs within the scope of the approved maximum grant sum.
Bench fee compensation scheme
The following has been stipulated on the bench fee in the contract with the VSNU:
- A personal bench fee of €5,000 is provided to PhD students (assuming a four-year position) and senior scientific assistants (assuming a two-year position). The minimum is two years. When PhD students are appointed for a period exceeding two years, the full bench fee is granted.
This arrangement also applies to three-year PhD students who already did PhD work in their Master’s stage.
- The NWO Talent programme (Veni, Vidi and Vici) deviates from this scheme. You cannot include a bench fee in your budget for this programme.
- The bench fee is intended for PhD expenses and congress attendance (abroad). The bench fee is intended for the party executing the project but made available to the project leader. As such, the party executing the project is entitled to it. Use of the bench fee must be discussed by the project leader and the party executing the project. For PhD students, the bench fee includes an allowance for printing the dissertation. As a result, PhD students in this project type are no longer entitled to separate allowances for having their dissertation printed. However, the project leader/party executing the project may use the bench fee at their discretion.
The scientific research funding agreement and salary tables
The scientific research funding agreement lays down mutual obligations with regard to the individuals employed by institutions for projects funded by ZonMw. You can find the salary tables for personnel of university institutions and university medical centres. These salary tables determine the scope of the personnel costs that can be budgeted for a ZonMw grant. These tables are based on the CLA of Dutch universities and the CLA for university medical centres, respectively.