TOP/ECHO: 2.3 million euros for excellent research in chemistry

27 February 2017

The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) allocates more than 2.3 million euros to excellent chemists by means of one TOP and six ECHO grants.

TOP grants, which amount to 780,000 euros, are intended to enhance or expand innovative lines of research carried out by established top research groups. ECHO grants, which amount to 260,000 euros, offer researchers the opportunity to develop creative, risky ideas that could form the seed for future research themes. 

The TOP grant is awarded to Geert-Jan Kroes (LEI), the ECHO grants to Bauke Albada (WUR), Joachim Goedhart and Dorus Gadella (UvA), Elizabeth von Hauff (VU), Sander van Kasteren (LEI), Frank van Kuppeveld (UU) and Eelco Ruijter (VU).

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

In the Free Competition 2016, Chemical Sciences handled 58 ECHO applications and 16 TOP applications. Including the award of this fourth and last round for 2016, a total of 16 ECHO and 5 TOP applications have been approved. This means that all the resources available for the Free Competition 2016 have been spent.

In the first round of Free Competition for Chemical Sciences 2017, 4 TOP and 16 ECHO applications have already been handled. It is expected that approximately 25% of the funds available for 2017 will have been spent by the time this round is concluded, so there are still adequate funds available for a number of new rounds. Applications can be submitted continuously until 31 May 2017. If the available resources are exhausted before this date, however, this call for applications will be closed prematurely. The TOP/ECHO round has a target approval rate of about 20%. The total available budget for the 2017 call amounts to more than 7 million euros.

Further details about the TOP and ECHO grants in 2017 and an up-to-date overview of the available resources can be found on the TOP/ECHO website.

TOP grant

  • prof. dr. G.J. Kroes (LEI) - Towards a chemically accurate description of reactions of molecules on transition metals

ECHO grants

  • Dr. ing. H.B. Albada (WUR) - Trigger-Responsive Protein Modification using Switchable DNA Devices
  • Dr. J. Goedhart, Prof. dr. T.W.J. Gadella Jr (UvA) - A new class of genetically encoded fluorescent probes for quantitative imaging of intracellular chemistry
  • Dr. E.L. von Hauff (VU) - Good vibrations in organic semiconductors: a new approach to correlate molecular dynamics with carrier
  • Dr. S.I. van Kasteren (LEI) - Semi-synthesis of bioorthogonal, post-translationally modified myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein autoantigens and their visualization in vitro and in vivo
  • Prof. dr. F.J.M. van Kuppeveld (UU) - Viral hijacking of lipid droplets and neutral lipid metabolism for replication organelle formation
  • Dr. E. Ruijter (VU) - Stereoselective synthesis of complex bicyclic molecules using catalytic cascade cyclizations

Source: NWO