TDCC SSH Challenge Projects

This page contains the SSH-specific information related to the NWO TDCC call 2023/2024. For general information about the call, refer to the link below:

The roles of the TDCC SSH vs. NWO.

The timeline of the process of the TDCC SSH.

This is the process for submitting a project idea with the TDCC SSH for the 2023/2024 open call Challenge projects. There are four main stages, leading up to one submission deadline for submitting proposals to NWO on 14 November 2024

1. Submitting Project Ideas: November 2023 - May 2024

This period runs from 15 November 2023 to 24 May 2024. This involves providing a project idea through our submission form, with details of your concept, a rough action plan and potential partners. Please be advised that the before submitting an idea, you must already identify and contact possible partners with relevance to your project idea, as well as other related initiatives in the Dutch research landscape.
From mid January 2024 we will begin to review the ideas against a limited criteria check (led by the TDCC SSH team and our Advisory Board). Viable project ideas will then move forward in the process. The last moment for submitting an idea is 24 May 2024, 14:00 CEST, but ideas can be submitted at any point before that. We are expecting ca. 50 expressions of interest in this period.

2. Community Review: May - June 2024

During this period, the viable project ideas will be shared on our website and through our communication channels. Between May - June 2024 we'll host a series of public Project Initiative Meetings for community consultation (online). All project idea teams must present their idea publicly on one of these days. The timeslots for the individual ideas will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. These are the dates for the virtual meetings:

2 May 2024
• 21 May 2024
• 12 June 2024

If you want to make sure you have a guaranteed spot, we suggest you submit your idea well in time to present during one of the dates in May or June.
Following each meeting, the TDCC SSH Assessment & Selection Committee (consisting of members of the Advisory Board and the wider community) will convene to give the GO / NO-GO / FUTURE decision. If a GO is received, you and your team can begin the proposal writing! We expect 12-15 project ideas to be moved into the proposal stage.

3. Proposal Writing: July - October 2024

You and your team are invited to write your proposal following the NWO template and guidelines on the NWO call page. You will continue to receive feedback from the Assessment & Selection Committee and the TDCC SSH team during this phase. There are two moments during the proposal writing stage where you must submit your full proposal draft to the Committee, 2 September 2024 and 15 October 2024 (Final draft). The exact dates may be subject to change depending on the availability of our Committee.

4. Submission Letter: November 2024

All proposals submitted to NWO must be accompanied by a Submission Letter from the TDCC SSH. Our Executive Board is responsible for providing these letters. They will review the final proposals and provide you with a letter in time for the submission deadline in November 2024.

5. Proposal Submitted to NWO: November 2024

Once you have your final proposal and submission letter ready, you must submit both to the NWO through the ISAAC online platform. Submissions for TDCC SSH projects will be accepted until 14 November 2024, 14:00 CET.

NWO Approval Process: from November 2024

After the proposal submission deadline, NWO will convene an internal check for all applications via an international review committee. We expect this process to take up to three months.

Please note that this process is new to us and to NWO. We look forward to working with you and will refine and iterate the process together as we go. Please review the FAQs on the NWO call page and contact the TDCC SSH team with any questions that may remain.