As a research council, NWO's task is to advance the quality of scientific research in the Netherlands: from literature to astronomy and from earth sciences to sociology. NWO also encourages the outcomes of scientific progress being used for society's benefit. NWO effects this through clear ambitions for science policy based on its strategy for 2011-2014.
NWO seeks to realize its ambitions in two ways: by funding scientific research on a competitive basis, and through the efforts and facilities of the strong national institutes it manages.
Scientific research and innovation form the basis of our wealth and well-being in the Netherlands. NWO determines its policy in consultation with social partners, government and scientists.
NWO's vision is to work together with these stakeholders on the growth of scientific knowledge, knowledge that will genuinely benefit society both now and in the future.