TDCC NES Project Development Process

Page last updated: 22 March 2024

The project proposal development process is divided into five steps, which are elaborated below.

Infographic showing the process of project proposal development described in the steps below

1. Submitting a project idea - Submission Form

You can submit a project idea through the submission form, where we ask you to describe your concept, explain how it relates to TDCC-NES roadmap challenges, and identify potential project partners. 

The submission of project ideas is organised in 3 cycles

  • 15 November 2023 - 15 February 2024, TDCC-NES feedback by the end of March 2024
  • 16 February 2024 - 15 May 2024, TDCC-NES feedback by the end of June 2024
  • 16 May 2024 - 15 September 2024, TDCC-NES feedback by 15 October 2024

After the end of a submission cycle, you will receive feedback from the TDCC-NES Governing Board with a decision on whether you can move forward to step 2. To guide its decision-making, the Governing Board will use a set of project principles and criteria.

Please note: For submissions in the last cycle, we expect the level of idea maturity to be higher with substantial existing community support. The last cycle may be modified or cancelled, depending on the amount of funding allocated in cycles 1 and 2. 

Project proposal development timeline showing 3 submission cycles
Project proposal development timeline

2. Refining project ideas - Community input

All project ideas that move onto step 2 will be published on our website. TDCC-NES will facilitate the process of refining the project idea by organising and advertising project initiative meetings to engage a broader community, and create opportunities for involving stakeholders who are not part of the original proposal (for example individuals/institutions/groups suggested through feedback from the Governing Board). These meetings might be arranged online or in-person.

The final project plans are discussed, drafted, and agreed by the project team, implementing the Governing Board feedback received in step 1. 

When needed, TDCC-NES will help with interpretation of the feedback, give advice on project development, and answer questions that might arise during this process. For this, we will establish a Project Development Working Group.

3. Writing full project proposals

The future project team writes their full project proposal using the NWO application template and guidelines that can be found on the page of the NWO call. Once completed, the full project proposal is submitted to TDCC-NES Project Development Working Group for review and approval. The review process will take 3 weeks on average. 

When the review comments and feedback have been addressed and implemented into the final project proposal to the satisfaction of the Project Development Working Group, the proposal can move onto step 4.

4. Submission letter 

Following a satisfactory review in step 3, and on the advice of the Project Development Working Group, the TDCC-NES Executive Team will issue a submission letter to accompany the project proposal.

5. Proposal submission

The project leader submits the project proposal with accompanying TDCC submission letter to NWO through ISAAC. Project proposals submitted by 14 June 2024 will receive decisions from NWO by the end of 2024; project proposals submitted between June and November 2024 will receive decisions in early 2025.

Submissions will be accepted until Saturday 15 November 2024, 14:00 CET. To have assistance with any technical problems, we recommend that uploads through ISAAC are completed on 14 November, when there is staff support available at NWO.

After step 5: International Review Committee

NWO will convene an internal check for all applications and a review by an independent, international committee. This committee will convene in Q3 2024 and Q1 2025 with submission deadlines of 14 June 2024 and 15 November 2024 for proposals to be considered at these meetings respectively. Applications will only be processed by NWO at these times.