Nine projects granted to tackle global challenges

13 November 2017

Nine projects were selected to receive funding in the frame of a joint SDG research programme of NWO-WOTRO Science for Global Development and seven Dutch research organisations. Funding is made available for use-inspired research to the benefit of the most vulnerable people in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs).

Picture: Cia Park

The co-funding research organisations are: Delft University of Technology, Erasmus University Rotterdam, UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, University of Amsterdam, Utrecht University, VU Amsterdam and Wageningen University & Research. These Dutch universities and research institutes represent a huge body of knowledge in all scientific disciplines, which will now be mobilised to contribute to meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in an innovative way.

A total budget of 5 Million euros will support these 4-year research projects to tackle global challenges. The scientific scope of the projects is on innovative interventions, methods, or tools, that contribute to one or more of the SDGs. To do so, all SDGs, except for SDG5, will be addressed in the projects. The research projects aim at tangible output and should explicitly take into account the positive or negative trade-offs on other SDGs and/or the upscaling possibilities of promising innovations. They will start between December 2017 and February 2018.

The projects target the following countries in Africa: Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC Congo), Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Myanmar, Lao People's Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) and Vietnam in Asia, and Suriname and Ecuador in Latin America.

Projects granted

A sustainable MRI system to diagnose hydrocephalus in Uganda
Project leader: Dr ir Martin van Gijzen (Delft University of Technology)
Consortium: Leiden University, the Netherlands; Penn State Center for Neural Engineering, United States; Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Uganda

Country targeted: Uganda
SDGs targeted: 3, 2   

Enhancing Water, Food and Energy Security in the Lower Zambezi (ZAMSECUR)
Project leader: Prof. ir Hubert Savenije (Delft University of Technology)
Consortium: Delft University of Technology; University of Zimbabwe

Countries targeted: Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique
SDGs targeted: 6, 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 11, 15

Nature based water infrastructures in Ethiopia and Kenya for #GlobalGoals (NaBWIG)
Project leader: Dr Poolad Karimi (IHE Delft)
Consortium: IHE Delft; Mekelle University, Ethiopia; Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya; South Eastern Kenya University, Kenya

Countries targeted: Kenya, Ethiopia
SDGs targeted: 2, 6     

Leave fossil fuels underground for sustainable and inclusive development: Co-creating alternative pathways in Africa and Latin America
Project leader: Dr Barbara Hogenboom (University of Amsterdam)
Consortium: University of Amsterdam; University Andina Simón Bolívar, Ecuador

Countries targeted: South Africa, Ecuador
SDG(s) targeted: 13, 15, 16, 1, 7, 8, 10

Crowdsourcing App for Responsible Production in Africa (CARPA): Promoting Decent Work with Innovative Accountability Technology in DR Congo, Mali, & South Africa         
Project leader: Dr Michelle Westermann - Behaylo (University of Amsterdam)
Consortium: University of Amsterdam; Pole Institute, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Countries targeted:  Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mali, South Africa
SDGs targeted: 8, 12, 16, 3, 14, 15, 17

Mangroves and Mud (MangoMud): Monitoring and Modelling Coastal Dynamics in Suriname to Mitigate the Effects of Climate Change
Project leader: Prof. dr. Steven de Jong (Utrecht University)
Consortium: Utrecht University; Anton de Kom University of Suriname, Suriname

Country targeted: Suriname
SDGs targeted: 4, 13, 14, 15

Coping with Urban and Infrastructural Heterogeneity: Sustainable Energy Transitions in Tanzania and Mozambique
Project leader: Prof. Jochen Monstadt (Utrecht University)
Consortium: Utrecht University; Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique; Ardhi University, Tanzania; Royal HaskoningDHV, the Netherlands

Countries targeted: Tanzania, Mozambique
SDGs targeted: 1, 7, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 13, 17 

Reducing trade-offs and increasing synergies associated with improved food security in Lao PDR and Myanmar
Project leader: Prof. Peter Lanjouw (VU University Amsterdam)
Consortium: VU University Amsterdam; National Institute of Public Health, Lao PDR; Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Lao PDR; IFPRI Washington, United States

Countries targeted: Lao PDR, Myanmar
SDGs targeted: 2, 1, 3, 13, 15  

The Missing Middle: Food system transformation pathways to link action at multiple levels to SDGs 2, 12, 13 and 15 in Tanzania and Vietnam
Project leader: Prof. ir Ken Giller (Wageningen University & Research)
Consortium: Wageningen University & Research; International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Tanzania; International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), Vietnam; Vietnam National University of Agriculture (VNUA), Vietnam

Countries targeted: Tanzania, Vietnam
SDGs targeted: 2, 12, 13, 15

Source: NWO