Select funding source

External and Internal Funding

Selecting a funding source involves finding a sponsor with goals that align with a given research project or your personal research goals, finding an opportunity for which a PI or team would be eligible to pursue.

See the Grant Support page for a list of external sponsor funding opportunity web pages. There are also internal funding opportunities to APH.

    • Yellow Pages: the weekly newsletter of the Amsterdam UMC and VU Grant Offices. It is published on Thursdays and contains announcements about grant opportunities, deadlines to register for internal support, workshops, scientific meetings, a research agenda and other activities related to research.
Distinguishing between the different funding streams

Once a funding source is selected, accurate classification not only determines which office handles the proposal, it also ensures appropriate management, compliance, and streamlines review and approval, see guidelines Amsterdam UMC: AMC Intranet - Guideline financial management of research grants.

Funding for research can come from:

  • Direct government funding
  • Indirect government funding (e.g. NWO, EU and ZonMw)
  • Charity funds (e.g. KWF Cancer Foundation, Dutch Heart Foundation)
  • Industry

You can largely distinguish between two kind of grants applications: personal and consortium grant applications.

For grant support and further information:

  1. For Amsterdam UMC:  Research Grant Support (, AMC Intranet - Grant support (intranet)
  2. For VU: VU Grants Office - Research support - Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  3. For UvA: Grant Support UvA-HvA - University of Amsterdam

For the different grants and grant provides please see the lists below.

Personal grants
  • VENI
  • VIDI
  • VICI
  • ERC Starting and Consolidator grant
  • ERC Advanced grant
  • KWF Kankerbestrijding / Dutch Cancer Foundation Personal Grants
  • Nederlandse Hartstichting/ Dutch Heart Foundation: E. Dekker stipendia 
  • Landsteiner Fellowship 
  • Rubicon
  • Horizon 2020: MSCA Individual Fellowships
  • Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)
Collaborative grants
  • EU Horizon 2020
  • Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions
  • Future and Emerging Technologies (FET)
  • Innovative Training Networks - ITN
  • Marie Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange - RISE
  • Co-funding or regional, national and international programmes – COFUND
Project grants
  • KWF Kankerbestrijding/ Dutch Cancer Foundation Research projects 
  • ZonMw TOP 
  • Landsteiner Research grants
  • CVON/ Cardiovascular Research Netherlands
  • ZonMw - Doelmatigheid 
  • ZonMw - Goed Gebruik Geneesmiddelen 
  • ZonMw - Preventie
  • Hanarth Fonds projects grants
Investment grants
  • NWO Investments Subsidy Medium 
  • NWO Investments Subsidy Large
General grants
  • Nuffic grant finder
  • Grant finder EU scholarships
  • COS Pivot opportunities
  • NWO grants
  • Open Society Foundations
  • Scholarship Times
  • WCRF
  • Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
Dutch grant providers
  • KNAW
  • Netspar
  • Nuffic
  • NWO
  • NL Agency
  • VSBfonds
  • Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter (FOM)
  • Technology Foundation STW
  • ZonMw (The Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development)
  • Fulbright Center
Dutch charity funds
  • Diabetes Fonds
  • Hersenstichting
  • ReumaNederland
  • Maag Lever Darm Stichting
  • Fonds Psychische Gezondheid
  • Long Fonds (before; Astma Fonds)
  • Nederlandse Brandwonden Stichting
  • Hartstichting (Nederlandse Hartstichting/ Dutch Heart Foundation: E. Dekker stipendia )
  • Nierstichting
  • Prinses Beatrix Fonds
  • Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds
  • Stichting Aids Fonds
  • Stichting Kinderpostzegels Nederland
  • KWF Kankerbestrijding
  • Stichting MS Research
European grant providers
  • Horizon 2020
  • Axa Research Fund
US grant providers
  • National Science Foundation
  • Rockefeller Foundation
  • NIH