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

The expansion of the current research agenda means that Netspar can now accept research proposals from academic disciplines beyond economics, such as sociology, psychology, law, and communications. Netspar awards subsidies ranging from € 10,000 to € 500,000. 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 Board of Directors may ask for the advice of the Scientific Council and/or Partner Research Council, or even another independent, external advisory committee, before awarding the subsidy. You can find all current and past projects granted in our project database.

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Grant Objective Budget Next submission deadline
Topicality Grant


Short-term applied research targeting a specific topical issue € 10,000 – € 20,000 Continuous submission; yearly granted in February
Theme Grant


Combination of fundamental and applied long-range research € 250,000 – € 500,000 Call available; deadline draft proposals: April 16, 2018; definitive: June 25, 2018
Individual Research Grant


Long-range research by postdoctoral researcher or PhD student max. 50% of the wage costs; max. €80,000 Call closed; deadline has passed
Comparative Research Grant


Short-term comparative international research € 10,000 – € 20,000 Call closed; deadline has passed

For questions about the options for submitting a research proposal, we refer you to the individual pages on each of the various grants. You can also contact the project coordinator Esther Hermans-Spijker via

Last modified March 8, 2018.

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