3.5 million for fundamental chemical research via ECHO

13 December 2018

NWO awards 13 ECHO grants to excellent researchers in the field of chemistry. The ECHO grants offer researchers the opportunity to develop creative, risky ideas that can be the seed for research themes of the future.

Distributed across the three strategic research lines (Chemistry of Life, Chemistry of Materials and Chemical Conversion), researchers will, amongst others, study protein interactions at the cell surface, conduct computational studies to better solve crystal structures, and map the movement of molecules to unravel their interaction during collisions.

The  ECHO grants are awarded to Marc Baldus (UU), Harro Bouwmeester (UvA), Fred Brouwer (UvA), Martin Feiters (RU), Tati Fernández-Ibáñez (UvA), Willem Kegel (UU), Loes Kroon-Batenburg (UU), Hannes Lans (EMC), Nora de Leeuw (UU), Bas van de Meerakker (RU), Wouter Roos (RUG), Elke Scholten (WUR), and Alice Sijts (UU). In total, 16 ECHO-grants have been awarded amongst the 102 ECHO-grants that have been processed in the TOP/ECHO-rounds of 2018.  

You can read the summaries of the awarded/granted ECHO proposals here .

With this decision on awarded ECHO-grants, the TOP- and ECHO-financing instruments for excellent chemical research will be concluded after having run for a period of more than 15 years. The NWO Domain Science has opened a new domain-wide ‘Open Competition’ where researchers from chemistry can submit their ideas for curiosity-driven fundamental research. Within the ‘Open Competition’ there are two instruments: one for small-scale projects and investments (OC Domain Science - KLEIN) and one for large-scale projects (OC Domain Science - GROOT).

Awarded ECHO-grants

  • Marc Baldus (UU) en Paul Van Bergen en Henegouwen (UU) - Sense & Sensitivity: Studying ligand binding at the cellular surface by high-sensitivity solid-state NMR
  • Harro Bouwmeester (UvA) en Peter Schoenmakers (UvA) - New strategies for the chemical analysis of the important biological signalling molecules, strigolactones, in plants
  • Fred Brouwer (UvA) en Daniel Bonn (UvA) - Visualization of mechanical contact, friction and lubrication using molecular fluorescence
  • Martin Feiters (RU) - Bimetallic catalyst for lowering the detection limit of NMR by non-hydrogenative para-hydrogen-induced hyperpolarization
  • Tati Fernández-Ibáñez (UvA) - Catalytic efficient methods for inter- and intramolecular Fujiwara-Moritani reactions
  • Willem Kegel (UU) - Self-organization of building blocks with conformational switches
  • Loes Kroon-Batenburg (UU) - Using diffuse scattering data in crystallographic structure refinement to determine correlated molecular motion through the super cell approach
  • Hannes Lans (EMC) - In vivo proteomics dissection of Nucleotide Excision Repair
  • Nora de Leeuw (UU) en Mariette Wolthers (UU) – Earth-abundant materials for the sustainable catalysis of CO2 to fuels and chemicals: Linking computation to experiment
  • Bas van de Meerakker (RU), Gerrit Groenenboom (RU) - It takes two to tango: product pair correlations in bimolecular collisions
  • Wouter Roos (RUG) - Self-assembly of a supramolecular complex
  • Elke Scholten (WUR) - Protein oleogels: capillary suspensions as a novel approach to control protein network formation and rheological behaviour
  • Alice Sijts (UU) - Cutting and pasting in the immunoproteome of virus-infected cells.

Source: NWO