Grants NWO Domain Applied and Engineering Sciences June 2019

4 July 2019

The board of NWO Domain Applied and Engineering Sciences has granted 53 projects within the programmes Demonstrator, Open Technology Programme, Partnership Domain AES - Dunea - Vitens: Sand Filtration and Take-off.

The granted projects are listed below by programme and ordered alphabetically.


The Demonstrator programme is intended for researchers who want to apply knowledge acquired during their research and bring it to the market. The following projects have been granted.

Automotive Fuel Cell to Battery Power Interface - Dr. ir. B.J.D. Vermulst, Eindhoven University of Technology (17728)

Empowering healing water: building a clinical WaterjetDrill - Dr. G.M.M.J. Kerkhoffs, University of Amsterdam (17721)

Finding Obstetric Complications using UltraSound and Artificial Intelligence (FOCUS-AI) - Prof. dr. ir. C.L. de Korte, Radboudumc (17733)

PAS-WRAP: A new approach to methane leak detection - Prof. dr. D. Iannuzzi, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (17743)

The automated insufflator - R.M.H. Wijnen, Erasmus University Rotterdam (17736)

“ultrACLean”: A novel decellularized off-the-shelf human graft for improved anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction - Dr. ir. ing. J. Foolen, Eindhoven University of Technology (17734)

Open Technology Programme

Scientists from all disciplines can submit proposals for application-oriented technical/scientific research. Within the OTP the following projects have been granted.

A functional tissue-generating patch for diaphragmatic hernia closure (DIAPATCH) - dr. ir. W.F. Daamen, Radboudumc (17562)

MORtars with mixed-in Inhibitors for mitigation of SALt damage – MORISAL - dr. B.A. Lubelli MSc, Delft University of Technology (17636)

Smart Sensor Surfaces based on High Performance Metal-oxide Thin Film Transistors (Smart-sense) - prof. E. Cantatore, Eindhoven University of Technology (17608)

SOLARIS: Sensor-assisted Optimisation of greenhouse crop Light use by Adjustment of Realised Induction State - prof. dr. ir. L.F.M. Marcelis, Wageningen University & Research (17173)

Spine Stabilization by Steering through the Vertebrae - prof. dr. ir. P. Breedveld, Delft University of Technology (17553)

Superior bone regeneration induced by sustained mRNA delivery from colloidal biomaterials (RNA4Bone) - dr. ir. S.C.G. Leeuwenburgh, Radboudumc (17615)


Partnership is intended for organisations that want to invest in a research theme. They can enter a Partnership with NWO Domain AES. The Partnership NWO Domain AES-Dunea-Vitens: Sand Filtration focuses on the working of a sand filter. Within this Partnership, four projects have been granted.

A slow sand filtration model to reliably predict microorganism removal and improved efficacy and conservation of the Schmutzdecke - Dr. A. Raoof, Utrecht University (17840)

RedOx Filter: benefitting from reduction-oxidation processes for a radical shift to high flow groundwater filters - dr. ir. D. van Halem, Delft University of Technology (17830)

Slow Sand Filtration for the Next Century - Prof. dr. ing. J.P. van der Hoek, Delft University of Technology (17831)

Unraveling the role of biological activity in the performance of slow sand filters - Dr. T. Behrends, Utrecht University (17838)


Take-off is a programme for encouraging and supporting commercial activity and entrepreneurship from within science. 

Next week, the autumn rond of Take-off 2019 opens. The calldocumenten for that round are already online:
Take-off phase 1 - Feasibility studies wo
Take-off phase 1- Feasibility studies TO2
Take-off phase 1 - early stage rout wo/hbo/TO2.

The following projects have been granted in the spring round of 2019:

Feasibility studies (phase 1)
Spring round 2019, TO2

Haalbaarheidsonderzoek naar een kosteneffectieve oplossing van een elektrisch aangedreven modulaire as voor aanhangers, campers en bedrijfsvoertuigen – Alex Michael Pap, XYZDynamics bv (17817)

Pharmaprint - Digitale geneesmiddelenproductie in de apotheek – Wouter Pannekoek, TNO Eindhoven (17755)

Feasibility studies (phase 1)
Spring round 2019, WO


A.Eye: Kijkgedrag voorspellen aan de hand van Deep Neural Networks - Prof. dr. J.L. Theeuwes, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (17761)

Op video gebaseerde indicatoren van vaardigheden voor werving en selectie van sollicitanten – dr. M. Naber, Utrecht University (17777)

Thuis in Taal – J. Makkinga, Meertens Institute (17727)

Veilig gebruik van persoonsgegevens in mensgebonden onderzoek: SLIM geregeld – S.L. Schmikli, Utrecht University (17800)


2-phase cooling for high performance datacenters – dr. M.G. van Beuzekom, Nikhef (17798)

Apparatus for on-site bactericidal coating of orthopaedic implants – dr. S. Amin Yavari, Utrecht University (17809)

APTA-building automata from software data – dr. ir. S.E. Verwer, Delft University of Technology (17828)

Colour coated solar panels for the built environment – dr. O. Isabella, Delft University of Technology (17784)

Direct conversion X-ray detectors based on quantum dots – prof. dr. M.A. Loi, University of Groningen (17773)

εsense – dr. ing. M. Spirito, Delft University of Technology (17783)

Improvement of plant propagation efficiency (rooting) with beneficial microorganisms – dr. A.L.C. Jousset, Utrecht University (17771)

Less is More: Efficient Neural Models without Loss of Effectiveness – dr. ir. J. Kamps, University of Amsterdam (17752)

MTego: a mosquito trap for Malaria prevention in Africa – F.T. Muijres, Wageningen University & Research (17776)

Novel Animal-Free Proteins – E. Suarez Garcia MSc, Wageningen University & Research (17765)

Qblox – controlling a 1000-qubit quantum computer – dr. L. DiCarlo, Delft University of Technology (17750)

SAPs uit afvalwater – prof. dr. S.J. Picken, Delft University of Technology (17786)

Study of Structured Laser Beam Propagation and Application in the future 5G Mobile Network – dr. ing. A.J.L. Adam, Delft University of Technology (17791)

Toepassing GEOBIA-algoritmen op dronebeelden in de land- en tuinbouw – dr. ir. L. Kooistra, Wageningen University & Research (17748)

Towards an automatically retracting needle system – W.J. Geelhoed, Leids Universitair Medisch Centrum (17769)

Life sciences

Antibodies fort he therapy of skin infections with Staphylococcus – prof. dr. J.A.G. van Strijp, Utrecht University (17747)

Glow-in-the-dark paper-based antibody diagnostics – prof. dr. M. Merkx, Eindhoven University of Technology (17820)

Ontwikkeling biomarker die BK-virusinfectie voorspelt in niertransplantatiepatiënten – dr. M.C.W. Feltkamp, Leiden University (17782)

re|perfuse - H.E. Bennink, Utrecht University (17775)

Scope Biosciences: CRISPR-Cas Medical Diagnostic – A.J. Steens, Wageningen University & Research (17795)

Targeted Thrombolysis for Treatment of Microvascular Thrombosis - M.V.A. van Moorsel, Utrecht University (17794)

Trauma Triage Applicatie – dr. M. van Heijl, Utrecht University (17824)

Early stage route (phase 2)
Spring round 2019, wo – hbo – TO2

Dimple: drag reduction by means of large scale geometry modifications – O.W.G. van Campenhout, Dimple Aerospace bv (17754)

ELIMINATE – crudE Lignin oil to cheMical INtermediATEs – dr. ir. M.D. Boot, Vertoro bv (17803)

Exoskelet voor natuurlijk bewegen bij spierzwakte – P.S. Munnik, Yumen Bionics bv (17781)

Greenhouse Drone – L.M. Fesselet, Applied Drone Innovations bv (17807)

Multimodal Imaging Agent to Monitor Biodistribution of Cell Therapies – Dr. J.H.M. Simon, Cenya Imaging bv (17745)

Privacy-proof Biometrics Recognition Platform – T. Ali PhD, 20Face bv (17778)

IVwear – M.F. Frankema, IVWear (17810)

Vascoscope – H.A. Tjabbes (17774)

World’s Lowest Power GNSS Chip – dr. I. Madadi, Qualinx bv (17816)

Source: NWO