ASTRON is the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy and is part of the institutes organisation of NWO. The Institutes Organisation of NWO, is fully named the Netherlands Foundation of Scientific Research Institutes (NWO-I). NWO-I is an independent foundation, that belongs to the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). The NWO is one of the most important science-funding bodies in the Netherlands and ensures quality and innovation in science. Each year NWO invests more than 650 million euros in curiosity-driven research and research related to societal challenges. NWO selects and funds research proposals based on the advice of experts from science and society from the Netherlands and abroad. NWO encourages national and international collaboration, invests in large-scale research facilities, promotes knowledge utilisation, and manages research institutes.