Examples from current practice

Good research collaboration between researchers and industry allows research results to be implemented in practice and enables industry to innovate further. The following overview provides several practical examples of this collaboration within the various top sectors.

KIEM: Kennis-Innovatie Mapping MKB
Top sector Chemistry

Knowledge-Innovation Mapping SME funds small research projects with the aim of making scientific research accessible to small companies and start-ups.

Collaboration Nanolithography
Top sector High Tech

In January 2014, ASML, FOM, NWO, the University of Amsterdam and VU University Amsterdam launched the Advanced Research Center (ARCNL), a new research centre that focuses on fundamental research in the area of nanolithography. An Advanced Research Center is a new type of collaboration in which NWO provides a boost to collaboration with universities and private parties.

Accepted standards for smart networks
Top sector High Tech

Smart networks need standards to function well. At present, various standards are competing for acceptance by the market. Research is being carried out into which values are considered the most important by users for encouraging a quick and successful realisation of smart networks.


Use of dashboard computers and the behaviour of drivers
Top sector Logistics

Dashboard computers in modern cars and lorries improve the driving behaviour of the drivers. The use of the systems can save energy, prevent accidents and counteract traffic jams. Research is being carried out into how drivers can be encouraged to let go of their vehicle’s controls.


Changing media use
 Top sector Creative Industry

Research into changing media use by Irene Costera (VU University Amsterdam) in collaboration with the University of Groningen and 12 media partners including NOS Nieuws and national and regional newspapers.

Technology enables clients to take care of their own homecare
Top sector Life Sciences & Health

Modern technology can give patients more autonomy while also relieving pressure on our healthcare system. Instruments are being developed by the Centre for Care Technology Research (CCTR), a collaboration between science, industry and the healthcare sector. CCTR was established at the initiative of Innovative Medical Devices Initiatives NL (IMDI).


Cleaner sludge with Norit in the ditch
Top sector Chemistry

Active carbon binds to contaminants in sludge. That is the outcome of research by Technology Foundation STW, realised by Wageningen University and Research Centre (WUR) in collaboration with the company Norit and other parties.

Wind op Zee ('offshore wind')
Top sector Energy

Making wind energy cheaper is also a matter of good collaboration and intricate designs. Researchers and companies are exploring the possibilities in this area.


Bioplastic from wastewater
Top sector Water

Within the Technology Foundation STW programme 'From Waste to Resource', research has been done into bacteria that can produce bioplastics from industrial wastewater. Researchers from the universities of Wageningen and Utrecht are working on this with various partners including Pacques.