Netspar facilitates innovative academic research in all of the social sciences, as related to various aspects of aging and retirement financing.

Netspar facilitates innovative academic research into various aspects of aging and the financing of old age. We are open to research proposals from various scientific fields, such as economics, sociology, psychology, law and communication.

Netspar awards subsidies from € 20,000 to € 350,000. Both short- and long-term research projects are considered and research projects can be performed by an individual or a team. Depending on the type of grant, the Netspar management requires prior advice from the Scientific Council, the Partner Research Council, or another independent external advisory committee.

Ideas or questions?
Do you have ideas or topics for a (short-term) research project (a topicality or comparative research grant), or another question about the funding of research? Please contact our research policy advisor Silvie van Halder via 013 – 466 37 93 or via email.

The table below gives an overview of the various types of research grants that Netspar awards. For more information, please click the link for the page concerned.

Grant Objective Budget Next submission deadline
Topicality Grant


Short-term applied research targeting a specific topical issue € 25,000 Continuous submission; yearly granted in February
Theme Grant


Combination of fundamental and applied multi-year research € 350,000 Open
Talent Grant


Fundamental and applied research by talented researchers  max.€100,000 Closed
International Comparative Research Grant


Short-term international comparative research max. €20,000 Closed
Last modified April 13, 2023.

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