€1.8 million for open chemical research in TOP/ECHO 2017

28 June 2017

The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) allocates more than €1.8 million to outstanding chemists by means of one TOP grant and four ECHO grants. The TOP grant was awarded to Sander Tans of the FOM Institute for Atomic and Molecular Physics (AMOLF), and the ECHO grants to Nathalie Katsonis of the University of Twente (UT), Antoinette Killian of Utrecht University (UU), Tibor Kudernac of the University of Twente (UT), and Teun Munnik of the University of Amsterdam (UvA). The funding will be used to support projects involving protein folding, bioinspired materials, new applications of polymers in membrane research, and molecular machines, as well as heat and stress signalling in plants.

Click here for summaries of the five most recently awarded TOP and ECHO grants.

To date, a total of 58 applications for ECHO grants and 15 applications for TOP grants have been submitted in the 2017 Free Competition round. Sixteen ECHO applications and four TOP applications were assessed in the first round.  The second round, involving 18 ECHO applications and five TOP applications, has already begun. A third round will start soon, involving all the applications submitted to date.

Proposals for the 2017 Free Competition round can be submitted at any time until 31 December 2017. If the available resources are exhausted before this date, however, this call for applications will be closed sooner.

TOP grant

  • Prof.dr. S.J. Tans (AMOLF) - Seeing and sensing Hsp70 and Hsp90 action

ECHO grants

  • Prof. dr. ir N. Katsonis (UT) - Shape-shifting elastic bubbles and shells as unit cells for morphing materials
  • Prof. dr. J.A. Killian (UU) - Exploring polymer-bounded nanodiscs: towards new applications in membrane research
  • Dr. T. Kudernac (UT) - Supramolecular machines driving shape-morphing liposomes
  • Dr. T. Munnik (UvA) - The plant PIP2 interactome – Shedding Light onto the Plant's Response to Heat- and Osmotic Stress

Source: NWO