The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research ensures quality and innovation in science and facilitates its impact on society. Its main task is to fund scientific research at public research institutions in the Netherlands, especially universities. NWO focuses on all scientific disciplines and fields of research. The funds are allocated by means of a national competition on the basis of quality and independent assessment and selection procedures.
The NWO Domain Applied and Engineering Sciences (AES, previously Technology Foundation STW) is part of NWO, the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research. AES has its own board. NWO gives companies and other organisations the opportunity to invest in research that connects with their own research wishes. By participating in scientific projects via NWO Domain AES, investors can play a key role in the development of valuable innovation. NWO also supports entrepreneurship arising from universities, universities of applied sciences and other knowledge institutions. Researchers who would like to set up a business based on knowledge from scientific research can apply for various types of funding.