National Research

CS4NL was launched in the spring of 2023. The CS4NL programme for cybersecurity innovation stems from the Widely Supported Cybersecurity Knowledge and Innovation Programme for the Top Sectors. In the coming years, both NWO and TKI calls will be announced from this programme.


Awarded projects

At the end of 2021, 7 projects submitted in two different SBIR calls: Automated Vulnerability Research (AVR) and Cryptocommunication have been selected for feasibility testing (phase 1). In September 2022, 5 of the 7 projects received the green light to develop a prototype (phase 2). Funding came from the Ministries of Defense and EZK. 

In 2021 NWO-ENW opened a small round aimed at open source encryption research. This was financed by the Ministry of Justice and Security in response to a parliamentary motion. 

 Within the NWA program ‘Cybersecurity – towards a safe and reliable digital domain’, NWO awarded grants to five research projects in April 2021. These projects involve approximately 10 million euros. A large part of this was contributed by specialist ministries. 

Halfway through 2020, the NWO Domain TTW opened a special Take-off round with cybersecurity as its theme. The municipality of The Hague had made the funding available for this. 

In the summer of 2019, the IoT security project ‘An Internet of Secure Things’ – INTERSECT for short – received almost 10 million euros within the program of the National Science Agenda (NWA): Research on Routes by Consortia (NWA-ORC).

At the end of 2018, NWO published a third national cyber security call “Digital Security & Privacy” as part of the top sector policy. The funding for this round came from the NWO Domains Science, SGW and the Taskforce SIA. A year later, at the end of 2019, grants were awarded to 10 research projects. 

In both 2012 and 2014, the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (led by the then NWO Division for Physical Sciences) and various ministries (Interior & Kingdom Relations, Defence, Economic Affairs, Finance, Infrastructure & Environment and Security & Justice) jointly funded a national cyber security round. NWO coordinated the long-term research (TRL 1, 2, 3) and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO), via the Small Business Innovation Research instrument (SBIR), the short-term research (TRL 4, 5, 6). In 2017 RVO organized a third round of SBIR Cybersecurity.