Cabinet allocates more than € 142 million for scientific top research

We are very glad to announce that the University of Amsterdam managed to secure € 21.3 million in research funding from the Gravitation 2022 programme with the project The algorithmic society!

7 consortia with top scientists from various Dutch universities will receive a total of €142.7 million to conduct scientific research in the coming years as part of the Gravitation programme. Minister Dijkgraaf (Education, Culture and Science) makes this funding available to scientific consortia that can participate in pioneering research in their field among the world’s best.

The following 7 research projects have been selected for a grant from the Gravitation 2022 programme:

  • IMAGINE!: Viewing and controlling cells in our tissues (€20.8 million, main applicant: Utrecht University)
    The aim of this research is to develop important knowledge and tools for regenerative medicine (replacing or repairing damaged tissue from the outside), treatments of diseases and the repurposing of existing medicines.
  • The Dutch Brain Interfaces Initiative (€21.9 million, main applicant: Radboud University Nijmegen)
    To understand how the brain works, we need to understand how each part, from neuron to brain region, interacts with the rest of the brain and with the outside world. The aim of this research is to develop principles, devices and methods to take these interactions into account and thus to understand more about brain disorders, but also moods, emotions and compulsions.
  • GUTS: Growing Up Together in Society  (€22 million, main applicant: Erasmus University Rotterdam)
    The aim of this project is to discover how young people can grow up successfully and contribute to today’s and future society. The researchers study how young people develop in terms of education, social networks, and social norms.
  • The algorithmic society (€ 21.3 million, main applicant: University of Amsterdam)
    This project investigates how we can safeguard the so important public values ​​and human rights within the development of (semi-)automated processes (including Artificial Intelligence).
  • Sustainable Artificial Materials (€ 15.6 million, main applicant: Eindhoven University of Technology)
    The aim of the Interactive Polymeric Materials Research Center is to develop a new generation of intelligent, dynamic plastics that perform better through interaction with the environment, and are easily degradable and reusable. to be.
  • Stress-in-Action: Advancing the Science of Stress by Moving the Lab to Daily Life (€19.6 million, main applicant: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
    New knowledge is being used to develop methods to monitor and reduce stress in daily life and thus prevent the onset of stress-related illnesses.
  • Materials for the quantum era (€ 21.5 million, main applicant: Utrecht University)
    Silicon transistors form the basis of our information society. There is a rapidly increasing demand for more powerful forms of calculation and information processing. The aim of this research is to provide new materials with stable quantum states, making the existing ways of information processing much more powerful and at the same time more energy efficient.

International top level research

With the Gravitation programme, researchers can conduct top university research for 10 years and collaborate in a multidisciplinary manner. One of the pillars of the program is collaboration across disciplines and universities. Together, the scientists set up excellent scientific research programs in consortia. The aim of Gravitation is to promote the development of centres of gravity at an international top level.

Selection procedure

The Gravitation program is carried out by NWO on behalf of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. NWO is responsible for the selection of the research groups. NWO received 40 applications for funding within the Gravitation program in this round. Consortia of research groups could submit their applications through their universities. 15 consortia were invited for an interview and in the end seven consortia were selected. The assessment, mutual comparison and selection were in the hands of external referees and an international independent committee of scientists with experience of major scientific research projects.

Read the full statement here.