December 17, 2019
This new NWO NWA call for proposals calls upon knowledge institutions and other interested parties to participate in research and implementation projects involving cyber security and governance and cybersecurity, governance and cryptology. The consortia to be formed will work in an interdisciplinary manner and across the entire knowledge chain. Talent development will receive specific attention, and there will be a clear possibility to draw talent from outside of academia for PhD research.
The collaborating ministries (Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, the Ministry of Defence, the Ministry of Justice and Security, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, and the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport) underline the importance of research into cyber security by their commitment to a joint programme via the Dutch Research Agenda. In a letter to the Dutch House of Representatives, the directorate Cybersecurity of the Ministry of Justice and Security has already emphasised the urgency of this research programme in one of the seven main ambitions in the Dutch Cyber Security Agenda (NCSA); the Netherlands has a an integral, public-private approach to cybersecurity. The programme will contribute to the objective of the Dutch Digitalisation Strategy, in which the Netherlands assumes a strong international position in the increasingly digitalising world in which there is room for inclusivity, security and the protection of privacy. The development of the research also take place against the background of the Ministry of Defence's Cyber Strategy 2018 and the Dutch government’s vision on the digital future of the Netherlands.