The research project, “Locating Imagination”, is funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (in Dutch: de Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek, NWO).
The NWO is one of the largest scientific funding bodies of the Netherlands, manifested in the fact that they distribute an annual amount of over 500 million euro aimed at facilitating the independent research of over 5.000 scientists from a wide variety of scientific disciplines. This public organization falls under the responsibility of the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (in Dutch: Ministerie van Onderwijs, Cultuur en Wetenschap [OCW]), and as such, is legally bound to four main tasks. First of all, the NWO aims to improve the quality of scientific research as well as stimulating new developments within scientific disciplines. Second, the NWO allocates the financial resources needed for actualization of research. Third, the results of the research stimulated by the NWO contribute to advancement in the exchange of knowledge to benefit society at large. Last, the NWO focusses explicitly on scientific research conducted at universities and safeguards coordination of this research where applicable.
‘Vrije Competitie’ Geesteswetenschappen
The research proposal for the project “Locating Imagination” was submitted to the NWO in 2012 to apply for financial support through the annual “free competition”-program (in Dutch: ‘Vrije Competitie’) within the scientific field of Humanities. Any research proposal which touches upon a theme within the field of humanities – e.g. (art) history, archeology, linguistics, literature, theology, philosophy, music and theater – can apply for this grant all year round. Due to the extremely competitive nature of this allocation process, the NWO emphasizes that submitted research proposals should manifest a desire to take risks, yield applicable results and to be multidisciplinary in character.