Programme Strategic Scientific Alliances (PSA)

Status Closed for applications
Fields of science

Material sciences
Biotechnology and drug research
Environmental sciences

Aim of programme The aim of PSA is to establish a new form of structural long-term scientific cooperation – 'strategic scientific alliances' – of mutual benefit to the Netherlands and China.

Structure of programme

PSA is built up in different phases. While the number of participating partnerships within the programme decreases after each phase, the funding remains constant. The nature of the cooperation will therefore intensify and increase in complexity and scope in each consecutive phase.

The programme commenced with fifteen projects during a three-year Project Phase. Six of these projects were chosen to continue during the five-year Programme Phase (2008-2013). In the final Strategic Alliance Phase, the funnel model, used in the earlier phases for selection, has been abolished.

Now the programme is open for joint research project applications by Sino-Dutch teams for the final Strategic Alliance Phase.

What can you apply for

Financial support to Dutch universities, University Medical Centers or research institutes affiliated to KNAW or NWO wishing to collaborate in a joint research project in the Strategic Alliance Phase of PSA.

Maximum funding per project per year is approximately € 450,000 for a four year period.
For a specification of the fundable costs, check the guidelines on the right-hand side of this page.

Who can apply

The Dutch principal investigator should be affiliated to a Dutch university, university medical center or  a research institute affiliated to KNAW or NWO.

The Chinese principal investigator needs to meet the eligibility criteria of MOST.

How can you apply

The deadline for submitting applications for the Strategic Alliances Phase is closed. Due to the large number of applications it may take a few days before you receive a confirmation receipt.

The grant will be awarded after approval by both KNAW and MOST. Activities may only commence after official approval.