On behalf of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW), NWO carries out the research program of the Dutch Research Agenda (NWA). The aim is to use knowledge to make a positive, structural contribution to tomorrow's society, by building bridges today and jointly ensuring scientific breakthroughs, societal impact and valorisation. This is implemented, among other things, through small projects in the NWA routes. The new award includes projects on quantum and nanotechnology, smart industry, energy storage and the development of new materials.
Three seeds for the quantum/nano-revolution
Three small projects receive support in the quantum/nano route: One project will develop a microscope that can detect very small magnetic fields, another project will image proteins at high resolution, a third project will develop a method to identify cells that are resistant for cancer drugs.
Consortium: Leiden University, University of Twente, University Medical Center Groningen
Smart Industry route 21/22
Smart Industry encompasses the acceleration of industry digitization. To increase productivity, there are more and more digital tools for which the incumbent employees, in particular, are never properly trained. In this project, Smart Industry field labs and key scientific areas are connected in an innovative framework to address this challenge.
Consortium: TNO, University of Twente, Saxion University of Applied Sciences, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, The Hague University of Applied Sciences, Fontys University of Applied Sciences, Smart Maker Academy, Fieldlab Industrial Robotics, TechYourFuture, World Class Maintenance, Robot Lab & Technohub
Novel aspects of the future energy system to be considered: energy system vulnerability and decentralized energy conversion units for seasonal storage
Now that the energy transition is taking shape, many urgent questions arise. This project will investigate which role small-scale energy conversion systems can play in seasonal storage and which vulnerabilities in our energy system can affect long-term energy security, partly in light of recent developments in Eastern Europe.
Consortium: Eindhoven University of Technology, Delft University of Technology, NERA
Strengthening of research excellence on targeted focus areas of the Dutch Materials Agenda
This project aims to strengthen the Dutch materials network by supporting three sub-projects with innovative research themes that each support themes of the Dutch Materials Agenda: development of new biomaterials for breast cancer therapy, design of 3D-printed hydrogen tanks for aviation and electron spin-based electronic devices.
Consortium: Eindhoven University of Technology, Zernike institute for Advanced materials RUG, University of North Texas