The Dutch government has allocated funds to Utrecht University to repair corona deficits among students. This involves both academic and social disadvantages, and is called the National Education Programme  (Nationaal Programma Onderwijs, NPO). If you have a project that can contribute to solving these issues, it is possible to submit a request for financial support. Check the information below for the conditions and the procedure.

p.s. Even if you only have a brilliant idea and not yet a worked-out plan, you can let us know. See the FAQ.

The National Education Programme (Nationaal Programma Onderwijs, NPO) is an investment program of the government to deal with the consequences of the corona crisis for (pupils and) students. It is about repairing the "corona-caused delays in pupils and students cognitively, social-emotionally and in terms of well-being". Utrecht University has also received funds for this purpose. Students, student organizations and employees who have a good plan that falls under the objectives of NPO can apply for financial support via this site.

More information about the NPO program, the criteria for financial support and the application procedure can be found below.

A project proposal must fit within the themes below:

Theme 1: Smooth transition

The aim of this theme is to contribute to the experience of a smooth transition for (future) students between their educational background and their university study. This theme must also ensure that (future) students have the right skills to start, continue and complete their studies. Projects within this theme must contribute to students finding the right study place as soon as possible, thanks to appropriate and proactive guidance.

Theme 2: Student welfare and social commitment to the study programme

This theme wants to ensure that students feel welcome and at home in their study programme and at UU. This theme also wants to ensure that students can develop and grow optimally, despite the aftermath of the pandemic. Within theme 2 there are two action lines: ‘Community building’ and ‘Well-being, personal development and guidance’.

What is already happening?

Within theme 1, projects are already being supported that:

  • (for pupils) are aimed at academic skills, study skills, subject-related education and realising equal opportunities.
  • (for UU students) are aimed at developing study skills, providing extra career advice, organizing online modules for learning more about statistics, extra thesis groups, skill-boost training for graduates, and improving the transition between HU and UU.

Within theme 2, we are currently working on the following projects:

  • Catch-up activities and re-introductions of and for (international) students (organisations) aimed at cooperation and connection. Students and staff: put 19, 20 and 21 April in your agenda!
  • The Uni-life app: an app that shows you which interesting activities are being organised around the university by students and student organisations. More info soon!
  • Living rooms (link in Dutch) / collaboration areas/café on the campus, where students can meet, collaborate and get to know each other.
  • Extra student counselling (e.g. student counsellors, student psychologists) and strengthening ties with the study programme/student association and support.
  • Trainings for students and student organizations in the areas of resilience, inclusion and safety, including communication campaigns. With special attention to prevention of mental problems.
  • Guidance in the MyUU-app to generate extra attention for this in addition to the student website.
  • Online access to tests, with which students can promote insight into who they are, what they want and what they can do.
  • Discounts at Parnassos and Olympos and extra facilities at USP (e.g. chess tables and table football tables) to promote physical wellbeing, creativity, space for meeting and connecting.
  • Online Coach Center: peer to peer coaching to stimulate personal growth and development.
  • Orientation to own development and the labour market by means of extra training, challenges, debate and lecture series, speakers, etc.

To receive funding, the project must meet a number of criteria:

  • Does the plan fit into (one of) the themes and action lines described?
  • Is the expectation that the desired goal will be achieved?
  • Can the project start independently or does it need direction? Is there someone who can manage this project?
  • What are the costs per student and are the costs proportional to the intended goal?
  • Is the activity also open to other students, for example students who are not members of the applicant student organization?
  • Has a similar application already been received? Can the project application be bundled with another application to avoid overhead?
  • For projects with a longer duration or permanent status: how is funding and/or management arranged after NPO?
  • Is there still a sufficient budget within the theme?
  • Is the application for a minimum amount of €1000?
  • The application is clear. It is evident from the application what is going to happen (i.e. not "We are going to do something with meeting each other").
  • For student organisations: has the student organisation already used the allocated NPO amount for 2021-2022? **

** See this page

The application process consists of the following steps:

Step 1: Students, student organizations, faculty, staff or others may submit an application using an application form:
Do you have a request that applies only to one faculty? Use that faculty's application form. 
Do you have a request for a project that is intended for students of several faculties? Please use the general form.

Step 2: Faculty applications arrive at and are reviewed by the Head of Faculty Office/Head of Education and Student Affairs (in Dutch: Hoofd Onderwijs- en Studentzaken, OSZ) and/or the Vice Dean of Education of the faculty (this may vary by faculty).
General applications arrive at the NPO project team of the Department of Academic Affairs (in Dutch: Directie Studenten, Onderwijs & Onderzoek, SO&O).

Step 3: Your application is reviewed against the criteria. Additional information may be requested from you.

Step 4: Faculty applications that are assessed positively are forwarded to the Subsidy Committee (“bestedingscommissie”) that makes a final recommendation whether or not to award the subsidy.

General applications up to €20,000 (theme 1) or up to €40,000 (theme 2) are assessed by the NPO Project Team. General applications from €20,000 (theme 1) or from €40,000 (theme 2) go through to the Subsidy Committee.
The Subsidy Committee advises on received applications at least once a month. A Student Advisory Committee is also being set up, which can also be asked for advice. More information will follow soon.


Does your request involve primarily students studying at the same faculty? If so, submit your request using the form for that faculty. Does your request involve students from multiple faculties? Then submit the general form.

For more information on the National Education Programme, please visit the National Government website.

An interesting read:

1. Who may submit an application?

Anyone who organizes an activity that contributes to the objective of the NPO project may submit an application. This objective is to repair corona-induced delays in UU students cognitively, social-emotionally, and in terms of well-being.

2. Where can you apply for the money?

You can apply through this site. Faculty application forms will be received by the faculty. General application forms, will be received by the NPO project team.

3. What if you don't have a developed plan yet, but only an idea?

We are going to put idea boxes in various physical and digital places at the UU with a QR code where employees and students can send their ideas. Through brainstorm sessions with students and in different focus groups we will see which ideas we can develop into a concrete plan.

4. What is the maximum amount of funding that can be requested?

There is no maximum for an application. The total budget for themes 1 and 2 is approximately six million. We want to help as many students as possible.

5. Does an application always have to be submitted in advance or can it be submitted afterwards?

An application is submitted in advance. For projects that have already started in 2021 the application can also be submitted afterwards. Budgets that are spent in 2021 must be applied for by February 1, 2022 (or in consultation with the project managers).

6. Once an application is approved, how often should it be reported?

This depends on the duration of the project. This is this is determined mutually with the NPO Project team or the faculty. In smaller projects a report and accountability afterwards will be sufficient. There will be a standard form for the reports. This is still being developed. Projects that have already started will be informed about the way to report.

7. What is needed for the justification of a project application?

This depends on the size of the project. The financial justification does not have to be extremely detailed, but a distinction between human resources and materials is important. It is also important to be clear about the applicant's own contribution to the project. The government will ask for this in the final report. A standard form will be used to account for this.There will be a standard form for the justification.

8. How is the payment made?

This depends on the application and can be done in consultation.

9. Is there a predetermined distribution per faculty?

At this time, we do not believe that a distribution by faculty is necessary.

10. Does it have to be a one-time activity?

No, it does not have to be a one-time activity. The activity may also take place multiple times. However, if it is an activity or plan that will continue beyond the NPO project, it should be clearly stated how it is expected to be funded.

11. What is the duration of the activity?

This is not important. But for now, the NPO ends at the end of the academic year 2022-2023.

12. Who are in the project organization?

The coordination of the project lies within the Department of Academic Affairs. Anne Hamburger and Arjen van Vliet are the project managers. Anne is responsible for the administrative lines, networks and final reports. Arjen is responsible for the project team and several projects.They carry out this project by order of the Executive Board and can be reached via

The heads of Education and Student Affairs (Hoofden Onderwijs- en Studentzaken) of the various faculties, the student assessor of the Executive Board, an Information manager of ITS (for the projects with an IT component)  and the NPO Project Team are in the Subsidy Committee.

13. What is the role and input of students?

Students are involved in NPO in many ways and are cordially invited to submit project proposals and initiatives. The following sessions will be organised in the near future:

14. What is the minimum amount of money you can apply for? 

Through this application procedure, the minimum amount is 1000 Euros. There will be another application procedure for €50-1000 soon. Recognised UU student organisations will receive an amount to spend on the NPO goals in 2021-2022. Organisations up to 100 members receive 500 euros, organisations above 100 members receive 1000 euros. See this site. Student organisations that want to apply for extra projects or that have a project that exceeds this budget can submit an application via the forms.

15. What is the deadline for applying?

It is not possible to apply for sec the calendar year 2023. NPO runs in the academic years 2021-2022 and 2022-2023. Only applications that continue into 2023 can receive money for that calendar year under certain conditions. 

16. How are student organisations involved in the NPO programme?

They can contribute ideas, submit applications, send in ideas, etc. See here for more information.