The Computational sciences for energy research (CSER) initiative

12 December 2016

In 2012, Shell, the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) and the Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter (FOM) started a joint large scale public-private partnership in fundamental research in the energy domain. Shell and NWO both invest circa 20 million euro in cash. With the addition of ‘TKI-toeslag’ a total budget for the programme of 50 million euro is created. This program covers themes within the Top Sectors Energy and Chemistry. The investment is used to fund 75 PhD positions at Dutch universities.

The lion share of the budget comprises the CSER PhD programme, allocated in a series of calls in the period 2012-2015. An important driver for Shell to invest in this initiative is to use the programme as a recruitment pool for computational scientists for its technology centre in Bangalore, India. The remainder of the programme budget  contribute to the NWO-theme 'Duurzame Energie' through the programmes 'Uncertainty reduction in smart energy systems' and 'CO2-neutral fuels'. For these programmes separate calls have been launched.

On top of this PhD programme circa 7 million euro is invested by NWO in the Dutch knowledge infrastructure, mostly through two calls for a total of 8 new tenure track positions to make a sustainable contribution to the computational sciences in the Netherlands. 

Various NWO divisions are involved in the CSER initiative: FOM, Physical Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Social Sciences, Earth and Life Sciences and Technology Foundation STW. This collaboration across a range of computational science disciplines is uniquely positioned to give a long-term boost to the field of CSER. The combined Shell-NWO/FOM initiative will also lead to a further strengthening of the relation between Dutch and Indian research communities.

More information
Fact sheets with more information on the four subprogrammes can be found through the following links: CSER PhD programme, CSER knowledge infrastructure, Uncertainty reduction in smart energy systems, CO2-neutral fuels.

News on the programme
All news items on this programme can be found here.

Source: NWO