The following main funding sources have contributed to the development of this program.

Current funding

Past projects

  • ISOTIS (Inclusive Education and Social Support to Tackle Inequalities in Society) project (2017-2020), funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020. This project addressed the nature, causes and impact of early emerging social and educational inequalities in the context of socioeconomic, cultural and institutional processes. The aim was to contribute to effective policy and practice development to combat inequalities.
  • Research program “Educational Systems and Four Central Functions of Education” (2011-2017), funded by the Program Council for Fundamental Education Research of NRO. This program was a collaboration between Herman van de Werfhorst (Principal Investigator), Jaap Dronkers (Maastricht University), Rolf van der Velden (Maastricht University), Sjoerd Karsten (University of Amsterdam), and Dinand Webbink (Erasmus University Rotterdam), plus a team of researchers in Amsterdam and Maastricht.
  • GINI project (Growing Inequalities’ Impacts) (2010-2013), funded by EU’s Seventh Framework Programme, in which educational reforms and the relationship between educational systems and inequalities have been studied.
  • NWO-Vidi project “Productive skills, Positional Good, or Social Closure? Three mechanisms for the education effect on the labour market across structural‐institutional settings” (2007-2012), directed by Herman van de Werfhorst. This project, with prize-winning PhD theses of Thijs Bol and Valentina Di Stasio, and postdoctoral scholarship of Ruya Koçer, was concerned with the school-to-work relation, and aimed to develop and test theories of which mechanisms are set to work concerning why education is rewarded in institutional contexts.