Netspar supports innovative academic research on all aspects of the social sciences related to aging and retirement. As part of these efforts, Netspar offers Individual Research Grants for up to 50% of the cost of a postdoctoral researcher or PhD student, for a maximum of three years. Each grant has a maximum funding of k€ 80. For 2018, Netspar has k€ 240 to allocate.

All proposals should be relevant for the Netspar Academic Agenda 2015-2019 and the Netspar Research Agenda. Netspar has the ambition to broaden its research agenda and also welcomes proposals from disciplines outside of economics.

Main Characteristics
  • Funding for 50% of the project budget for three years (Netspar funding is maximum k€ 80).
  • The project team consists of a postdoctoral researcher or a PhD student, plus a senior researcher (project leader).
  • Project team members are available during the course of the project to present research results at Netspar events.
  • The project team commits itself to writing two Netspar Industry Papers
  • Project team members are expected to participate in task forces meetings when writing Industry Papers.
  • The project leader is responsible for the project in terms of content and finances. The project leader also serves as the first point of contact for project monitoring.
  • If the appointment of a PhD student eventually generates financial income for his or her department (‘promotievergoeding’) Netspar receives a k€ 20 share of this income.
Selection Criteria
  • All proposals must link up with the Netspar research agenda.
  • The project involves high-quality academic research and has a clear link to the pension practice.
  • The project involves the (continuation of) an appointment of a highly talented postdoctoral researcher or PhD student.
  • The application must be submitted by a Dutch university or knowledge institute that will be responsible for the administration if the grant is awarded. The proposed project leader must be employed by this Dutch university or knowledge institute.
  • Preferably 50% of the total cost of the project should be offered as matching in cash or in kind. Please explain any deviation.
Application Requirements

Proposals for a Individual Research Grant must contain the following documents:

  • Completed Application Form (see template)
  • Annex I: CVs of the applicant and the candidate submitted as a single pdf-file.

Only applications in accordance with the Netspar format will be accepted for the selection procedure; please use template.


Selection Process

There is one selection round each year.

  • Applications are evaluated for academic quality by an anonymous committee of three persons, with a vast basis in academics and a good insight in the pension industry. They will judge and grade:
    • the academic quality and relevance for the Netspar research agenda of the proposed research question
    • the academic quality of the candidate and his / her supervisor (=applicant)
    • the relevance for the pension and insurance industry
    • the relevance for Netspar’s educational activities.

Proposals have to get an average of 3.5 points (out of 5) in order to be eligible. Grants are awarded by the Netspar Board of Directors.


Timetable for IRG 
January the xx th Deadline submission Application Form and Annex I
End of January Review by the committee
February Formal decision by Netspar Board
May Contracts signed
September Start of project

Submit to and mention ‘Application for Netspar Individual Research Grant’ in the subject line.



For questions, please contact Netspar via, +31 (0)13 466 3793.

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