Projects National Roadmap for Large-Scale Research Facilities 2019/2020

The National Roadmap for Large-Scale Research Facilities programme enables the building or renovation of research facilities with international allure. The Lay summary awarded Roadmap applications 2019-2020:

The amounts awarded are rounded off and provisional

The uNMR-NL Grid: A distributed, state-of-the-art Magnetic Resonance facility for the Netherlands

Applicant

Prof. dr. M.H. Baldus

Organisation responsible for the application

Universiteit Utrecht, Faculteit Bètawetenschappen, Departement Scheikunde, NMR Spectroscopie

Amount awarded

€17,9 M

Lay summary

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (NMR) and Imaging (MRI) exploit magnetic properties of nuclei to study structure and dynamics of molecules in both living organisms and materials. uNMR-NL was set up with a central NMR instrument with unprecedented capabilities. Now this is expanded to a grid of high-field NMR centers throughout the Netherlands by novel instruments and upgrades, fostering access and exchange between local centers and user groups. This nation-wide grid will support diverse research areas ranging from studying disease and the discovery of new medicines to improving crop production and food quality, and novel materials for energy storage and conversion.

FuSE: Fundamental Sciences E-infrastructure

Applicant

Prof. dr. S.C.M. Bentvelsen

Organisation responsible for the application

NWO-institutenorganisatie Nikhef - Nationaal instituut voor subatomaire fysica

Amount awarded

€12 M

Lay summary

The Nikhef and Astron FuSE project will enable Dutch researchers to extract exciting science from the vast amounts of data produced by three of the largest global science facilities, namely the Large Hadron Collider (LHC at CERN), KM3NeT and the Square Kilometre Array (SKA). The Netherlands invests considerably in all three of these facilities, driven by leading Dutch scientists at our universities and institutes. Each facility runs experiments to explore our Universe and seeks to unravel the fundamental physics that governs it.  They share a similar challenge: they produce enormous amounts of complex data. The FuSE project will develop a set of shared computing and data science expertise in the Netherlands. This will ensure that all researchers in the Netherlands are able to fully exploit the potential of these facilities, and convey these discoveries to the public.

Netherlands Infrastructure for Ecosystem and Biodiversity Analysis - Authoritative and Rapid Identification System for Essential biodiversity information (NIEBA ARISE)

Applicant Prof. dr. J.C. Biesmeijer

Organisation responsible for the application

Naturalis Biodiversity Center
Amount awarded

€13,6 M

Lay summary

ARISE is a globally unique infrastructure that serves to identify all multicellular species (e.g. plants, animals, fungi) within the Netherlands, and to monitor where and when they occur. This infrastructure enables the research community to improve our understanding of the patterns and trends in Dutch biodiversity and the interactions between species. This initiative, which combines DNA sequencing and machine learning techniques, is also followed with great interest internationally. ARISE will provide policymakers with more reliable information on biodiversity, to allow for more effective measures to halt the loss of biodiversity.

Renewal of the National Marine research Facilities; critical research instrumentation

Applicant

Prof. dr. H. Brinkhuis

Organisation responsible for the application

NWO-institutenorganisatie, NIOZ - Koninklijk Nederlands Instituut voor Onderzoek der Zee

Amount awarded

€10,3 M

Lay summary

Our seas and oceans are essential for Earth and life in general. Yet, knowledge about them is still limited. The Netherlands has a long and rich history of excellent marine research that relies on the availability of research vessels and specialized equipment. The present 28 year old research vessel is due to be replaced. This Roadmap application concerns innovative scientific equipment to be included on the new research vessel. The main large research facility for which funding is requested concerns autonomous, and remotely controlled equipment for making observations in depth, time and spatially that will help answer fundamental and technological research questions.

HFML-FELIX: A Dutch Centre of Excellence for Science under Extreme Conditions

Applicant

Prof. dr. P.C.M. Christianen

Organisation responsible for the application

Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen

Amount awarded

€15,1 M

Lay summary

HFML-FELIX represents a world-unique research infrastructure on Dutch soil, leading in science and technology with magnets and free electron lasers. Studying matter under high magnetic fields and intense infrared/THz laser radiation enables materials to be probed with unprecedented precision and to be driven into uncharted territory, potentially revealing new functionalities. In this innovative programme HFML-FELIX and several Dutch universities, institutes, companies and medical centres combine their expertise, to create entirely new instrumentation and an indispensable contribution to the Dutch research portfolio. The new experimental capabilities will enable groundbreaking science with societal relevance in the areas of health, energy and smart materials.

ODISSEI: Better Infrastructure, Better Science, Better Society

Applicant Prof. dr. P.A. Dykstra

Organisation responsible for the application

Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam, Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Amount awarded

€9,3 M

Lay summary

ODISSEI is a shared research infrastructure that will bring together existing data from the social sciences and enrich them with data from government registries and online sources. The infrastructure ensures that Dutch social scientists are well equipped to exploit the opportunities offered by the digital age. By developing innovative analytics and visualisation tools, and offering world class, secure and ethical data management facilities, ODISSEI will enhance the position of Dutch social scientists as global leaders and enable them to better address the pressing social questions of our time.

UNLOCK - UNLOCKing Microbial Diversity for Society

Applicant Prof. dr. H. Smidt

Organisation responsible for the application

Wageningen University & Research, Agrotechnologie & Voedingswetenschappen, Microbiologie (MIB)

Amount awarded

€14,5 M

Lay summary

Microorganisms can perform many processes useful for mankind, such as converting milk to cheese, keeping human and animal intestines healthy, and cleaning our water and environment. So far, we are relying heavily on pure cultures, and only exploited less than 1% of the microorganisms present in nature. In Wageningen and Delft the UNLOCK research facility is built enabling the discovery, characterization, optimization and utilization of microbial functionalities in natural and man-made microbial ecosystems to solve some of the major societal challenges facing food safety and production, human, animal and environmental health, and bioresource utilization and sustainable production of biobased chemicals.