The Associate Programme is a programme within the Technical Secretariat that is implemented by International Cooperation Branch. The programme is conducted annually for participants from developing countries and those whose economies are in transition. It has been designed with the aim of contributing to the development of chemistry and chemical engineering in Member States, with special emphasis on chemical safety. It provides a valuable opportunity for scientists from developing countries and countries with economies in transition to be exposed to modern practices in the chemical industry.

Agencies involved: The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)

Key dates: The application for this program is closed. Check program website for updated information.


The Innovational Research Incentives Scheme was set up in 2000. Its aim is to promote innovation in the academic research field. The scheme is directed at providing encouragement for individual researchers and gives talented, creative researchers the opportunity to conduct their own research program independently and promote talented researchers to enter and remain committed to the scientific profession. The program is open to excellent researchers (m/f) of all nationalities working anywhere in the world. The grants come in three flavors:

Veni is for researchers who have recently completed their PhD, to allow them to continue to develop their ideas; a maximum of 250,000 euro.

Vidi for researchers who want to develop their own innovative line of research and appoint one or more researchers; a maximum of 800,000 euro.

Vici for senior researchers to build their own research group; a maximum of 1,500,000 euro.

Agencies Involved: Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW), Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), all Dutch universities.

Key Dates: The applications for these programs are closed. Check program website for updated information.