Social science and humanities researchers wanted for HTSM MVI top-up research

11 February 2020

In 2019, 22 projects were awarded funding within the annual call of High Tech Systems & Materials (HTSM). To ensure that these projects lead to innovation with broad societal support, NWO offers – via a HTSM MVI top-up call - the possibility to integrate several projects with the NWO Responsible Innovation (MVI) approach. NWO developed the MVI approach for research into the societal aspects of technological innovations. It maps out and incorporates those societal aspects (like juridical, ethical/philosophical, economic, sociological and behavioural/psychological) at an early stage, to make sure they are incorporated in the research design. The goal of MVI research is to create innovations that meet societal demands.

Project leaders from granted several HTSM 2019 projects are planning to apply for the HTSM MVI top-up grant. They are looking for social science and humanities researchers to jointly write a proposal for this call. A short summary of their HTSM-projects and their contact information can be found on the MVI-website. Take a look on this page for more information and if you are interested to participate feel free to contact the project leaders. The deadline for full HTSM MVI top-up proposals is 16th of April 2020.

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About MVI

NWO-MVI research is focussed on pressing societal challenges and the innovations that are needed to address these challenges. It strives to incorporate the societal aspects of these (technological) innovations in the design and development process from the outset. The goal of NWO-MVI research is to implement innovations that have broad social support. The NWO-MVI approach has three fundamental priorities:

  • Proactive design and development perspective
    Societal aspects and the potential impact on stakeholders are involved from the start of the innovation process. Examples are the legal, ethical/philosophical, economic, sociological and (behavioural) psychological aspects.
  • Multidisciplinary and integrated approach
    Societal challenges are always multidisciplinary in nature. In the research, expertise from the humanities, natural sciences and social sciences is deployed in an integrated manner to realise innovations that not only try to solve a problem but are also acceptable or responsible from a societal viewpoint.
  • Societal relevance and valorisation
    Stakeholders are involved in the research to contribute their knowledge from everyday practice and to facilitate the applicability and implementation of the research results.

About HTSM

High Tech Systems and Materials is one of the nine Dutch top sectors. Various roadmaps have been defined within HTSM: Advanced Instrumentation, Aeronautics, Automotive, Electronics, Embedded Systems, Healthcare, High Tech Materials, Lighting, Nanotechnology, Photonics, Printing, Security, Semiconductor Equipment, Smart Industry and Space. There is also the top sector overarching theme ICT. These roadmaps and ICT together form the Top Consortium Knowledge and Information (TKI) of HTSM and provide the direction in which the demand-driven research should develop in the coming years. The research programme HTSM is aimed at developing knowledge for technological breakthroughs and innovative applications. Researchers and companies work closely together to achieve this goal. Each year, the NWO Domain Applied and Engineering Sciences (AES) publishes a call for proposals.


In the HTSM MVI top-up call, NWO Domain Applied and Engineering Sciences (AES) and NWO Domain Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) work together.


Anthony Gadsdon, NWO Domain Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH), +31 70 349 4276

Paul Schuddeboom, NWO Domain Applied and Engineering Sciences (AES), +31 70 600 1269

Source: NWO