The grants have only been awarded to a limited number of research schools, based on the excellence of both their research and the graduate program offered. Jeroen van den Hoven, scientific director of 3TU.Ethics, is pleased with this sign of appreciation: “3TU.Ethics was established early 2007, after excellent results in the Dutch 2006 philosophy research visitation. The extolling anonymous referee reports show that we have been able to build on this excellence and create added value as a center. It is literally said that we are the best in the world in ethics and technology. Our centre is the place to be if you would like to get a doctoral degree in this field.”
The Minister of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) requested NWO to develop a pilot for a subsidy programme that will focus on Graduate Schools and research schools. NWO responded to this request in consultation with VSNU (the Association of Universities in the Netherlands) and KNAW (Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences). In this pilot programme national and local research schools or Graduate Schools could be nominated for a block grant of about € 800,000. About forty schools were nominated by one of the Dutch universities. Seven schools were awarded with a grant financed by OCW, NWO decided to give two more schools a grant from her own funds.
- Press release from Science Guide (in Dutch)
- Press release from NWO (in Dutch)
- Press release from TU Delft (in Dutch)
Jeroen van den Hoven (1st left, top row) and representatives of the other winning graduate schools with minister Plasterk (3rd left, top row)