Small project grants

small project grants

The many cultural heritage collections in the Netherlands form an inexhaustible source of interesting research questions and conservation challenges. By tackling these, we can gain a better understanding of the material biography of heritage objects and use that knowledge to enrich the stories we tell about them and safeguard their future. 

In order to unlock this research potential of and to stimulate research in and with Dutch heritage collections, NICAS offers a permanent funding scheme to support small projects in which museums and other heritage collections collaborate with academic partners.


The annual budget for this funding programme will be at least €50.000, but will be augmented from other sources whenever possible.

Applicants can submit proposals all year, with decisions on funding being made twice a year. The decision on the next round of grants will be made in October/November, which means that all proposals that are submitted before 16 September 2024 will be reviewed for this round.


The proposal template, the official guidelines for the application and the terms and conditions, as well as the template that is used by reviewers to assess the proposal, can be found below. Proposals can be submitted in either Dutch or English.

Proposal template


Application guidelines

Richtlijnen voor aanvraag

Terms and conditions

Algemene voorwaarden

Review template


You can submit your proposal using the form below.

  • Max. file size: 128 MB.
    Please upload your research proposal here
  • Max. file size: 128 MB.
    Please upload the signed letter of support here