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. View our current and completed research projects here.

Netspar awards subsidies 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. In the infographic you can see all possibilities in one overview. 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.

Please view/download our infographic here.

Explanation of abbreviations:
PRC = Partner Research Council
SC = Scientific Council
EB= Editorial Board
AA = Academic Advisors
MME = Match Making Event
IPW = International Pension Workshop.

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 € 10,000 – € 20,000 Continuous submission; yearly granted in February
Theme Grant


Combination of fundamental and applied long-range research € 250,000 Call closed
Individual Research Grant


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


Short-term comparative international research € 10,000 – € 20,000 Call closed
Last modified December 20, 2019.

Netspar, Network for Studies on Pensions, Aging and Retirement, is a thinktank and knowledge network. Netspar is dedicated to promoting a wider understanding of the economic and social implications of pensions, aging and retirement in the Netherlands and Europe.


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