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Dutch Research Agenda awards 93 million euro

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How to make sure the Dutch coastline remains adequately protected against flooding? How to bolster democracy in an increasingly polarised world? How to ensure antibiotics remain effective in the future? These and other pressing issues will be studied by 21 consortia consisting of universities, universities of applied sciences, foundations, and businesses, thanks to grants worth 93 million euro.

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Based on approximately 12,000 issues that society hopes science will be able to solve, the Dutch Research Agenda will delve into topics like safety, health, and climate change. With this project, the government aims to unite scientific research and societal stakeholders because it finds that complex issues require such a collaboration. Plenty of reason for many large consortia to jointly put their shoulders to the wheel.

130 million euro
So far, the Dutch Research Council has made 93 million euros available for the project, but more themes and grants are expected. As of 2020, the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science has budgeted over 130 million euro yearly for the Dutch Research Agenda.

This year, the largest amount (9.9 million euro) was awarded to the Virtual Human Platform, which focuses on finding alternatives to animal testing for chemicals and medicines. Seven universities and one university of applied sciences are participating in the research, in cooperation with the Dutch Kidney Foundation, the Dutch Society for the Replacement of Animal Testing, and companies including Shell and Bayer.

Empowerment
A smaller-scale project that will be receiving 1.9 million euros from the Dutch Research Council is about empowering and protecting senior citizens. The consortium responsible for the research consists of universities and doctors, but also includes banks and notaries.

Utrecht University is well represented in the consortia, with at least 34 approvals, including five as the coordinating institution (lead applicant). The universities of applied sciences most often involved in research projects are Van Hall Larenstein and HAS, with seven and six participations respectively.

On average, there are almost 16 applicants per consortium, plus all the foundations, organisations and businesses involved. In addition to Utrecht University, Delft University of Technology, Wageningen University & Research and Amsterdam UMC stand out.

 

Applicants

Lead applicants

Co-applicants

Total

Utrecht University

5

29

34

Delft University of Technology

1

25

26

Wageningen University & Research

2

20

22

Amsterdam UMC - VUmc

1

20

21

Leiden University

 

20

20

University of Amsterdam

1

17

18

University of Groningen

1

13

14

Radboud University Nijmegen

 

13

13

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

2

11

13

Leiden University Medical Centre

2

10

12

University of Twente

1

11

12

NWO

2

8

10

National Institute for Public Health and the Environment

10

10

Erasmus MC

1

7

8

Maastricht University

 

7

7

Van Hall Larenstein

7

7

HAS University of Applied Sciences

 

6

6

Maastricht UMC+

1

5

6

Tilburg University

1

5

6

Utrecht University of Applied Sciences

 

5

5

Eindhoven University of Technology

 

5

5

UMC Utrecht

 

5

5

Dutch Royal Academy of Science

4

4

Amsterdam UMC - AMC

 

3

3

Erasmus University Rotterdam

 

3

3

Hogeschool van Amsterdam

 

3

3

Wageningen Research

 

3

3

HHS University of Applied Sciences

 

2

2

Tropenmuseum

2

2

Netherlands Institute for Social Research

 

2

2

TNO Delft

 

2

2

TNO Zeist

 

2

2

Groningen University Medical Centre

2

2

Waag | technology & society

 

2

2

Den Hartogh Liquid Logistics B.V.

 

1

1

Fontys Hogeschool

 

1

1

Game Architect

 

1

1

GGZ - Mental Health Care

 

1

1

iPabo University of Applied Sciences

 

1

1

Utrecht School of the Arts (KHU)

 

1

1

Windesheim University of Applied Sciences

 

1

1

Ministry of Infrastructure and Watermanagement

1

1

National Aerospace Laboratory (NLR)

1

1

NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences

 

1

1

Philips Research Eindhoven

 

1

1

Saxion University of Applied Sciences

 

1

1

TNO

 

1

1

TNO Helmond

 

1

1

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