Why this survey?

Researchers are curious. They like to solve questions. Which questions are the most current in the Caribbean region or which problems need a solution first; that is where we need your help.

Research progamme

Since 2012 the Dutch Research Council (NWO) on behalf of the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) has carried out a research programme specifically focused on the six Caribbean islands in the Kingdom of The Netherlands. Recently the NWO Grant Rules changed, allowing scientists at research institutes in the Caribbean part of the Kingdom to qualify for NWO funding from now on. An inventory has also been made of current knowledge projects that focus on the Caribbean islands of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Moving towards a research agenda for the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom

The experiences from the first phase of the research programme and the inventory of ongoing research projects are a good starting point for composing a ‘research agenda’. This agenda will help to identify the most pressing scientific and social questions. However, we also want to know what science should be addressing according to residents and organizations of the region. Together we can determine what should be the priorities for future scientific research. At the same time, this approach ensures that scientific research will closely match current issues and developments within the Caribbean region. 


From health to cultural identity, economic development, to climate change and biodiversity; science covers a broad range of subjects. Join the conversation and contribute your idead for the development of a the new research agenda.

Duration of the survey and next steps

The survey can be completed until 15 September 2019. In collaboration with all involved parties, the provided input will be further processed and combined. Partly based on the experiences from the first phase of the research program and the inventory of the ongoing research projects, this will result in a research agenda for the Caribbean part of the Kingdom of The Netherlands.