Research projects form the basis of NICAS. Within NICAS, several types of projects can be distinguished, depending on the funding, duration and number of researchers involved.

The Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) has organised calls for proposals that have a specific focus on the NICAS research agenda. These can be either multi-year research projects or short term seed money projects that have a proof of concept character. 

In addition, NICAS hosts Partner Projects that are the result of the close collaboration between the partners of NICAS and cultural heritage institutions in the Netherlands. These can be collaborative, involving several researchers, or individual, in the form of PhD or postdoc projects. NICAS also hosts projects that are the result of a permanent funding scheme, the Small Project Grants