PhD@Sea call aims at cross-disciplinary research proposals for offshore wind farms

19 February 2019

On February 13, 2019 NWO opened the call for proposals PhD@Sea. The programme focuses on cross-disciplinary research projects that can help realise the planning, operation and maintenance of offshore wind farms. Research is required across a range of disciplines, including science, technology, ecology, humanities and the social sciences, that will deliver synergies provided it is well integrated and aligned.

The maximum budget to be applied for is EUR 1,5 million and each application should bring at least 30% co-funding. The research budget is primarily aimed at financing new PhD-students. More information about the call can be found here.

With the ambition of the Dutch government to build up to 75 GW of wind-power capacity by 2050, we will be seeing a substantial number of wind farms in the Dutch sector of the North Sea. Several other European countries have similar ambitious plans. This implies significant challenges with regard to managing the available space, enhancing marine habitat biodiversity, interacting with other users of the North Sea, protecting the marine environment, maintaining the assets and feeding the large supply of offshore wind energy into the European electricity grid.

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Source: NWO