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AWTI proposes split of interdisciplinary research support

Government advised to use different strategies when encouraging bottom-up and top-down initiatives

The Netherlands needs two separate funding models for interdisciplinary research in order to properly tackle societal questions, according to a report by a government advice committee.

The AWTI, the Dutch advisory council for science, technology and innovation, published a report this month urging a review of how interdisciplinary research is funded in the country. It said that Dutch academics have a long track record in doing cross-sectoral research, but that government funding schemes often fail to support bottom-up interdisciplinary initiatives by imposing top-down funding conditions.

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