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

Current funding

The most important current funding is the Vici project Between institutions and mechanisms: Education and Inequality in Comparative Perspective, awarded to Herman van de Werfhorst, by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), running from 2015-2020.

Another running project is ISOTIS (Inclusive Education and Social Support to Tackle Inequalities in Society) funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 (running from 2017-2020).

Past projects

Work has been developed in the context of the research program Educational Systems and Four Central Functions of Education, funded by the Program Council for Fundamental Education Research of the Netherlands’ Organisation for Scientific Research. This program was a collaboration between Herman van de Werfhorst (Principal Investigator), the late 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.

The EU’s Seventh Framework Programme funded the GINI project (Growing Inequalities’ Impacts), in which educational reforms and the relationship between educational systems and inequalities have been studied.

From 2007-2012, Van de Werfhorst directed a Vidi project funded by NWO, Productive skills, Positional Good, or Social Closure? Three mechanisms for the education effect on the labour market across structural‐institutional settings . 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.