The CTL-subsidy scheme within Npuls aims to ensure all public vocational and education training schools, universities of applied sciences, and research universities have set up or further developed a CTL by the end of the programme. The aim is to develop sustainable centers for which the use is guaranteed for the long term.



A financial contribution is available from Npuls for all public vocational and education training schools, universities of applied sciences, and research universities to (further) develop a Center for Teaching & Learning within their own institution or together with other institutions. Through this CTL-subsidy scheme, institutions can apply for this financial contribution. On this page you find more information about the scheme.


Principles of the scheme

CTLs are part of an integral change

Setting up a CTL is one of the tools deployed by the sectors to realise the desired digitisation impulse. This impulse requires an integral approach in which the CTL is a component. The scheme gives institutions access to a grant of up to €500.000,- per institution, but is part of a financial boost for the entire sector of around €600.000.000.

Go faster alone, get further together

Participants in this scheme become part of a community in which cooperation takes place (between institutions, between education sectors, with different parts of Npuls), knowledge is shared and guidance is offered. Participating in this scheme means joining a guidance programme and actively participating in a national community. Institutions are encouraged to collaborate in setting up a CTL, but should each apply separately.

CTLs are about more than digitisation, but digitisation is an important subject

A CTL is involved in education and educational innovation. Digitisation can have an impact at three levels within an educational institution;
1. digitisation in education (curriculum, content)
2. digitisation of education (blended teaching, digital learning tools)
3. digitisation of the organisation of education (flexibile education, agility).


A subsidy (minimum €250,000 and maximum €500,000 per institution) is available for every educational institution to set up a CTL, or to further develop an existing one. Institutions can apply to the DUS-I subsidy office in four rounds from September onwards. Each round will be awarded a number of applications each time; thus, every educational institution will have the opportunity to get started during Npuls.

Evaluation committee

For the period from September 1, 2023, to December 31, 2026, an Evaluation Committee for the Npuls CTL grant scheme has been appointed. These members from universities, colleges, and vocational training institutes bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise, both in their respective sectors and in areas relevant to CTLs within an educational institution. The members of the evaluation committee are:

  • Mr. Prof. Dr. G.J. van der Zwaan, also serving as chairman;
  • Dr. E.C. Bergijk;
  • Mr. Drs. M. Bouziane;
  • Mr. D. van Dillen;
  • Dr. D.M.E. Griffioen;
  • Mr. W. van der Horst, MA;
  • Dr. M.H. Kral;
  • Mr. E. Sacan, MSc;
  • Prof. Dr. P.B. Sloep;
  • Drs. M. Soeters;
  • Dr. K. Vanlommel;
  • Mr. F. Zafar.


On 28 August 2023, the first part of the scheme will be published in the Staatscourant (Government Gazette), in which a maximum of 44 applications will be granted in two rounds. Institutions can register for participation in the first round from 2 October 2023 (registration is possible until 31 October 2023). The second round will follow in 2024. After the start of the second phase of Npuls, we aim to extend the scheme for round 3 (with a maximum of 40 grants) and round 4 (with grants for the remaining institutions).

For more information about the schedule, evaluation criteria, and applications, please visit the DUS-I website.


Creating a Center for Teaching & Learning in an educational institution is a transformation process and requires expert knowledge. Sharing lessons learned and research from other institutions can help institutions during the process. Therefore, we are launching a guidance programme for the institutions whose application has been granted.

The guidance includes:

  • Lessons learned from the field
  • Preview by DUS-I
  • Change management insights
  • Feedback on preliminary applications (anonymised)
  • Online meetings of the National Knowledge Network CTLs (check our agenda)


Collaboration between institutions, potentially across sectors, can take place at different levels.

Level 1 – Knowledge sharing and exchange Level 2 – Peer review and intervision Level 3 – Carrying out projects together
  • Share good practices & bad practices with each other
  • Sharing resources with each other
  • Keeping each other up to date on educational innovations
  • Gaining international perspectives
  • Having a look behind the scenes and sharing your opinion on it
  • Think along with each other about how it can be set up (even) better
  • Giving each other tips & tricks on the transformation process
  • Training lecturers together
  • Developing resources together
  • Supporting lecturer innovation projects together
  • Conducting research together
  • Lobbying together
  • Making knowledge and information available together

More information on Centers for Teaching & Learning

To learn more about Centers for Teaching & Learning, go here.
Read the interview with Andrea Kottman, CTL expert, on different CTL structures abroad.

Frequently asked questions

Why do we need a Center for Teaching & Learning?

To provide world-class education, it is important for lecturers to always have the opportunity to develop themselves professionally. They require the latest insights and knowledge, to work evidence-informed, and to drive educational innovation in a good way. This is where CTLs offer support. CTLs play an important role for Npuls to realise the impact the programme whishes to have. For that, we need the results to match what learners and lecturers need, and for them to have direct access to knowledge. In a Center for Teaching & Learning, you apply general insights gained with and for lecturers to your own practice. This way, lecturers and learners can actually use the knowledge and facilities that institutions develop within the programme. That is why every educational institution (voactional and education trainings schools, universities of applied sciences, and research universities), together with other institutions, sets up a Center for Teaching & Learning.

Are we, as an institution, required to set up a CTL?

Npuls has a number of ambitions. One of them is to have supported all publicly funded institutions to have a CTL by 2030. So as an institution, you don’t decide if, but rather when, where, and how to set up such a center.

Are there any rules we, as an institution, have to follow?

There are acceptability criteria for the subsidy application. So: yes the subsidy application is of course subject to rules, these will be announced in the coming months. Joining the scheme also means participating in a knowledge sharing ecosystem in your cohort’s network and the national network of CTLs. In setting up a CTL, there is a lot of freedom to do this in a way that best suits the institution(s). When possible, the center will join and strengthen already existing initiatives. For example, if you already have an innovation lab or i-coaches approach, you can reinforce this with (or develop it into) a CTL.

Is there budget available to set up a CTL?

A grant (up to €500,000 per institution) is available for each publicly funded educational institution to set up a CTL, or to continue developing an existing CTL. Institutions can apply to the DUS-I subsidy office in one of four rounds, starting from September 2023, the last round will start in September 2026. Each round will award a number of applications each time; this way, every educational institution will have the opportunity to get started during Npuls. It is good to know that the subsidies are really meant as a one-off contribution. Each institution is itself responsible for further developing and continuing to finance the CTL.

Is collaboration with another institution(s) mandatory in the application for funding?

Collaboration across sectors is allowed but not a requirement. The assessment committee will assess the added value of the cooperation for education at the institution.

An institution must describe how it collaborates with other institutions in the development of the CTL, however, this does not (by definition) have to be accompanied by a signature of the Executive Board of the other institution(s). An institution may choose to apply independently. Collaborating institutions applying in the same round may decide to draft a joint text describing their collaboration (they will then both submit the same overlay/paragraph with their application).

Our educational institution is planning to merge with another educational institution. Can I still apply for a grant?

If an institution knows in advance that it will merge during the application process, there are two options:
1. If the institution merges with another institution, (fairly) at the beginning of the period of the subsidy scheme, when a lot of work still needs to be done regarding the CTL: then it is more sensible to wait with the application. After all, it is difficult to explain that the CTL is being set up specifically for the current (and soon-to-be ‘old’) institution and that (thus) the subsidy is being used specifically for the current (and soon-to-be ‘old’) institution. We therefore strongly advise against applying at that stage.
2. If the institution merges with another institution (fairly) at the end of the subsidy scheme period, in which case most of the CTL-related activities have already been carried out, the subsidy will be properly accounted for as having been spent on this specific institution and the application can therefore still be submitted. Note that the justification should still clearly address the sustainability component of the (almost) established CTL in the new context.

Our educational institution consists out of different educational sectors (secondary and tertiary education). How does that work?

In the case of a combination institution, the following applies:
An educational institution applying for the CTL subsidy must formally be a publicly funded vocational and education training school, university of applied sciences or research university. We consider the legal entity of the institution (definition of an educational institution #1), it concerns the educational institution that can be found in RIO and that receives lump-sum allocations from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science with a registration number.
The educational known to students and staff (definition of an educational institution #2) may consist of several educational institutions, known collectively by one name, and/or sharing locations and/or a board.

The subsidy scheme for CTLs is designed from the perspective of all tertiary institutions. These are also the accountability frameworks of Npuls. The application will has to be submitted by a vocational and education training school, university of applied sciences or research university (according to definition #1). It is also the case that the subsidy application (i.e. the projects, activities and results) must officially focus on tertiary education.
At the same time, the project can be inclusive in the wider educational institution (definition #2). After all, the CTL is expected to work institution-wide. This may therefore mean that although the organisation develops it from a tertiary educational part, the whole organisation can contribute to it and make use of it. Also, the definition of cooperation in the subsidy scheme does not impose any conditions on the ‘inclusion’ of other educational institutions, even if they are not from the same sector or do not apply themselves; so, for example, this may also include a secondary education school part.
This also applies to the concept of ‘lecturers’: all lecturers of the educational institution can, through internal cooperation, use what has been developed in/by the CTL.
In short: in the subsidy application and the accompanying project, you focus entirely on vocational and education training schools, universities of applied sciences or research universities But at the same time, you can parallel or consecutively allow other sectors to benefit ‘in-house’ from what is being done.
All this suits the objective of Npuls to make the national knowledge acquired and the facilities developed available to the institution in a way that fits its own context. And the own context in this case is a combination institution.

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