2017 TOP/ECHO: €2.3 million for outstanding chemical research

19 December 2017

NWO allocates more than €2.3 million to outstanding chemists by means of two TOP grants and three ECHO grants. Funding has been awarded to projects on cell replication at single-molecule level, transcription-linked DNA repair, synthesis of special peptide chains, molecular signalling of DNA damage, and ultra-thin electrolytes for safer batteries.

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

The TOP grants were awarded to Nynke Dekker (Delft University of Technology) and Wim Vermeulen (Erasmus MC). The ECHO grants went to André ten Elshof (University of Twente), Jan van Maarseveen (University of Amsterdam), and Titia Sixma (Netherlands Cancer Institute).

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

In the 2017 TOP/ECHO call, a total of 81 ECHO applications and 19 TOP applications were submitted before the call had to be closed (as its budget was exhausted). Sixteen ECHO applications and four TOP applications were assessed in the first evaluation round. Eighteen ECHO applications and five TOP applications were assessed in this second evaluation round. In the third and fourth evaluation rounds, a total of 47 ECHO applications and 10 TOP applications will be assessed.

2018 TOP/ECHO call

TOP and ECHO applications can be submitted until 14:00 on 1 May 2018. The applications will be processed in order of receipt. It is expected that several processing rounds will be launched before 1 May. The total available budget for the TOP grants and ECHO grants to be awarded in 2018 amounts to approximately 7.1 million euros.

Plans for a domain-wide free competition for the exact and natural sciences

From 1 August 2018, researchers will be able to submit applications for two new funding instruments from NWO’s Science domain. The upcoming free competition will include two domain-wide instruments for innovative and curiosity-driven fundamental research: one instrument for small-scale projects and investments and another for large-scale projects.

Source: NWO