Awards NWA-ORC 2019

On 19 November 2020, the NWO Executive Board took a decision about the awards in the Dutch Research Agenda programme Research along Routes by Consortia (NWA-ORC). An overview of projects awarded is given below.

Grants are given within the ranges of 0.5-2 million euros, 2-5 million euros and 5-10 million euros.

  • Budget range 0.5 - 2 million euros

    Towards a new balance in empowerment and protection of the elderly: A legal empirical perspective

    Researchers aim to draft a new modern, empowerment-based system of measures of legal protection for the elderly: compliant with human-rights requirements, best practices in other countries, evidence-based and empirically tested, accepted by professionals and elderly. 

    Official secretary on behalf of the consortium: Prof. Masha Antokolskaia – VU Amsterdam

    Consortium: VU Amsterdam, Utrecht University, University of Groningen, Amsterdam Medical Center location VUmc, Alzheimer Nederland, The Council for the Judiciary, Mantelzorg NL, Nederlandse Beroepsvereniging voor Professionele Mentoren, Vereniging Wettelijke Vertegenwoordigers, Mentorschap Nederland, Vereniging Artsen Volksgezondheid, Branchevereniging Professionele Bewindvoerders en Inkomensbeheerders, Gelderse Stichting voor Beheer en Bewindsvoering, Van Ewijk Estate Planning, Family Law in Europe: Academic Network, seniorenorganisatie KBO-PCOB, Dutch Banking Association, The Royal Dutch Association of Civil-law Notaries, Lokale Allianties financieel veilig ouder worden, NSCR

    Amount awarded: 1.9 million euros

    Animal-free milk proteins

    The researchers aim to produce milk proteins without cows. Instead, they will use yeast to create a sustainable and animal-free protein alternative with the same nutritional value and structure as in milk. They will also study how this novel protein source can be embedded in society in a responsible way.

    Official secretary on behalf of the consortium: Dr Etske Bijl – Wageningen University

    Consortium: Wageningen University, Stichting Wageningen Research, Eindhoven University of Technology, HAS University of Applied Sciences, Alpina Productos Alimenticios S.A., Start-up NewMilkBuzz, Start-up Bromage, Start-up TransFarm Factory, Lallemand Inc., Voedingscentrum, Stuurgroep LIB (Landbouw Innovatie Noord-Brabant), CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Australian Government)          

    Amount awarded: 1.7 million euros

    Multilingual voices in STEM education

    The voices of multilingual children are not sufficiently heard in Dutch education. The researchers aim to develop new multilingual strategies that help parents, teachers and science centres to foster multilingual children’s participation in science and mathematics education. The results will contribute to improving multilingual children’s achievements and inclusion.           

    Official secretary on behalf of the consortium: Prof. Elma Blom – Utrecht University       

    Consortium: Utrecht University, HU University of Applied Sciences, iPabo Amsterdam, CPS onderwijsontwikkeling en advies, Expertis, Expertisecentrum Nederlands, Stichting Leerplanontwikkeling SLO, Platform Talent voor Technologie, NEMO Science Museum, Museon, Teylers Museum, Spaarnesant, Voila, Wereldkidz, Bijzonderwijs, Lund University Dept. of Clinical Sciences, Taal doet meer, Rutu foundation, It’s my child, Al-Amal, Joury, IOT, SARDES, Vereniging voor Science Centers, Lowan, NVORWO, SPRONG consortium, Wetenschapsknooppunt Utrecht University, Yunus Emre, Municipality of The Hague, Defence for Children             

    Amount awarded: 1.6 million euros

    LIVING DIKES – Realising Resilient and Climate‐Proof Coastal Protection

    Living dikes are a promising way to climate‐proof the Dutch coast. Living dikes consist of a soft foreland and a green dike. This research facilitates the construction of living dikes by weighing interests, testing living dikes under extreme conditions and formulating design rules to be applied by end-users.      

    Official secretary on behalf of the consortium: Dr Bas Borsje – University of Twente

    Consortium: University of Twente, Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research NIOZ, Utrecht University, University of Groningen, TU Delft, Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences, Wetterskip Fryslân, Young Wadden Academy, Deltares, Rijkswaterstaat Noord Nederland, SkyPilotUAS, World Wide Fund for Nature, Royal HaskoningDHV, HKV, Arcadis, Witteveen+Bos, Waddenfonds, Veiligheidsregio Groningen, Water Board Noorderzijlvest, Water Board Hunze en Aa’s, Hoogwaterbeschermingsprogramma HWBP, STOWA Foundation for Applied Water Research, Boskalis, Van Oord, Wadden Academy, Deltacommissaris, Buitenspelen, It Fryske Gea, Rijke Waddenzee, Natuurmonumenten, Delft Flood Polder, Province of Groningen, Province of Friesland, Municipality Noardeast Fryslân, Pachtersvereniging, Waddenvereniging, Neeltje Jans, Task Force Delta Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Antwerp, University of Florence, University College Cork, Nanjing Hydraulic Research Institute, University of Strathclyde, University of Hannover, VNU University of Science, University of Reading, University of New Orleans, Trinity College Dublin, Technical University of Denmark

    Amount awarded: 1.9 million euros

    One second after the Big Bang

    Every second, Earth is bombarded with an enormous number of neutrinos from the cosmos. These neutrinos were created in the primordial soup one second after the Big Bang, but they have never been observed. The researchers will develop an experiment to observe “relic neutrinos” by investigating the decay of heavy-hydrogen tritium.

    Official secretary on behalf of the consortium: Prof. Auke Colijn – University of Amsterdam

    Consortium: University of Amsterdam, Nikhef, Radboud University, The Hague University of Applied Sciences, TNO, Princeton Physics Department, Gran Sasso National Laboratory (LNGS), Netherlands’ Physical Society, Ampulz, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

    Amount awarded: 1.1 million euros

    The limits to growth: the challenge to dissipate energy              

    Chemists, biologists and physicists will investigate what limits the growth of cells – knowledge that is important for tackling numerous societal challenges. Dutch citizens will get involved through novel strategies for communicating fundamental science, co‐developed by artists, media designers and scientists.  

    Official secretary on behalf of the consortium: Prof. Matthias Heinemann – University of Groningen

    Consortium: University of Groningen, HKU University of the Arts Utrecht, RWTH Aachen University, Corbion, DSM, Chr Hansen Holding A/S, GECCO Biotechnology, Azzuro       

    Amount awarded: 1.8 million euros

    Revitalised Democracy for Resilient Societies 

    The research project REDRESS (‘Revitalised Democracy for Resilient Societies’) examines whether and how “hybrid democratic innovations”, combining plebiscitary and deliberative instruments, can strengthen representative democracy, under which conditions, and with what effects. Field experts, valorisation specialists, international and Dutch research leaders in this field will closely cooperate in this project.

    Official secretary on behalf of the consortium: Prof. Frank Hendriks – Tilburg University

    Consortium: Tilburg University, Utrecht University, Radboud University, University of Twente, The Netherlands Institute for Social Research, Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, Association of Netherlands Municipalities, ProDemos, Rathenau Instituut, The Broker, Netherlands Scientific Council for Government Policy, LSA Bewoners

    Amount awarded: 1.7 million euros

    Don’t be late! Postponing cognitive decline and preventing early unemployment in patients with multiple sclerosis

    When patients with multiple sclerosis report cognitive and work-related problems, these problems are often too advanced for treatment. Intervening sooner rather than later is crucial, which requires a paradigm shift from symptom management towards prevention of symptoms. By focussing on prevention, quality of life and participation in society will be enhanced.

    Official secretary on behalf of the consortium: Dr Hanneke Hulst – Amsterdam Medical Center location VUmc   

    Consortium: Amsterdam Medical Center location VUmc, VU Amsterdam, Leiden University, Sanofi Genzyme, Merck bv, Personal Fitness Nederland, MS vereniging Nederland, St. Anthonius Hospital Nieuwegein, Hospital Rivierenland Tiel, Medisch Spectrum Twente Enschede, Stichting MS Research, Nationaal MS Fonds, Nederlandse Vereniging voor Verzekeringsgeneeskunde, Nederlandse Vereniging voor Arbeids- en bedrijfsgeneeskunde, MSweb.nl

    Amount awarded: 1.6 million euros

    CASTOR (CAtchment Strategies TOwards Resilience)   

    Sandy-soil landscapes of the East and South Netherlands have a wide range of agricultural, recreational and natural functions. These functions are threatened by climate change. Using a living lab approach, the researchers will identify climate-robust landscapes for the future and will design pathways to develop these together with societal partners.

    Official secretary on behalf of the consortium: Prof. Jakob Wallinga – Wageningen University

    Consortium: Wageningen University, University of Twente, TU Delft, Windesheim University of Applied Sciences, Water Board Vechtstromen, Water Board Aa en Maas, Water Board Limburg, Deltares, Wageningen Environmental Research, KWR Water Research Institute, Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, Vitens, 4TU Centre for Resilience Engineering, Province of Noord-Brabant, Lumbricus, Province of Overijssel, United Nations University - Vulnerability Assessment, Risk Management & Adaptive Planning Section, Institute for Environment and Human Security

    Amount awarded: 1.9 million euros

    Opening the Black Box of Deep Learning for Language, Speech and Music

    Deep learning is producing AI models so accurate that they are significantly affecting individuals, businesses and society. New responsibilities and questions are arising, and the poor interpretability of deep learning is a serious limitation. The consortium studies how to make deep learning transparent and “explainable” for speech text, and music applications.

    Official secretary on behalf of the consortium: Dr Jelle Zuidema – University of Amsterdam        

    Consortium: University of Amsterdam, Tilburg University, University of Groningen, VU Amsterdam, Radboud University, Textkernel, Floodtags, GlobalTextware, TNO, KPN, Deloitte, Algent, Chordify, Stichting Open Spraaktechnologie, Waag, muZIEum, Huggingface     

    Amount awarded: 1.9 million euros

  • Budget range 2 - 5 million euros

    Brain and AI for safe navigation

    Humans are good at predicting and responding to others’ behaviour, whereas machines are not. This is a major obstacle for integrating “smart” machines in our society. The consortium will chart out human behaviours and implement them as “neuroware” in AI systems, to safely guide smart, autonomous agents in society, following newly defined laws and regulations.

    Official secretary on behalf of the consortium: Prof. Sander Bohté – Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI)

    Consortium: Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI), Radboud University, Donders Institute, TNO, Eindhoven University of Technology, TU Delft, University of Amsterdam, NLR, IMEC, 2getthere, Institute for Road Safety Research, Veilig Verkeer Nederland VVN, AI in Motion, NXP Semiconductors, RDW, Luchtverkeersleiding Nederland, Thales, Ministry of Justice and Security, Rijkswaterstaat

    Amount awarded: 3.5 million euros

    Save the tiger! Save the grasslands! Save the water!

    Less than 4000 wild tigers are alive. At the foot of the Himalayas, grasslands where the tigers hunt for prey are also disappearing. This project will establish the ecohydrological dynamics of these grasslands and will provide guidelines for the sustainable management of the landscape and the water systems through co-creation.

    Official secretary on behalf of the consortium: Prof. Jasper Griffioen – Utrecht University

    Consortium: Utrecht University, VU Amsterdam, TU Delft, HAS University of Applied Sciences, Wageningen University & Research, HAN University of Applied Sciences, Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences, Himalayan Tiger Foundation, Rotterdam Zoo (Diergaarde Blijdorp), VanderSat, National Trust for Nature Conservation, National Parks & Wildlife Conservation, World Wide Fund for Nature The Netherlands, Sensing Clues Foundation, Wildlife Institute of India, Kathmandu University, Tribhuvan University, Swansea University, ICIMOD, Office of Bardia National Park, Nature Conservation Foundation, Snow Leopard Trust, Smartphones For Water Nepal, Buffer Zone User Committee, Tharu Women Uplift Centre, Ujayalo Nepal

    Amount awarded: 2.7 million euros

    eHealth Junior

    Within eHealth Junior, care professionals, patients, business partners, and government collaborate to develop high-quality eHealth tools for one million chronically ill children. These tools allow personalised and trans-diagnostic prevention of psychological problems and optimal participation. eHealth tools will be made widely available through accessible, user-friendly, safe, and sustainable platforms.

    Official secretary on behalf of the consortium: Prof. Manon Hillegers – Erasmus MC       

    Consortium: Erasmus MC, Tilburg University, University of Twente, TU Delft, University Medical Center Utrecht, Radboudumc, Leiden University Medical Center, Fontys, Tranzo, GGZ, Utrecht University, VU Amsterdam, NHL Stenden, HKU, Amsterdam University Medical Center, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Trimbos Institute, Kind en Ziekenhuis, Nederlandse Cystic Fibrosis Stichting, Patiëntenvereniging Aangeboren hartafwijkingen, Sophia Foundations (SKZ), Ronald McDonald Kinderfonds, National Youth Council (NJR), Kenniscentrum Kinder- en Jeugdpsychiatrie, Games for Health Europe, Ellis in Wonderland, Augeo Foundation, Philips VitalHealth, IJsfontein, Ivido, Jantje Beton, Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, Munipality of Rotterdam, Breburg Centre youth mental health, NVK Dutch Pediatric Society, Princess Máxima Center for Pediatric Oncology, Patiëntenorganisatie VSOP, Netherlands Psychiatric Association, ReumaNederland, Menzis, CZ, Zorgverzekeraars Nederland, Zilveren Kruis, Waag

    Amount awarded: 4.9 million euros

    Pressing Matter: Ownership, Value and the Question of Colonial Heritage in Museums

    Pressing Matter investigates the potentialities of “colonial objects” to support societal reconciliation with the colonial past and its afterlives, and reconcile conflicting claims by different stakeholders for these objects within museums. The project will develop and test new models of ownership, value and return that may enable futures that are more equitable.

    Official secretary on behalf of the consortium: Prof. Susan Legêne – VU Amsterdam       

    Consortium: VU Amsterdam, University of Amsterdam, Utrecht University, Leiden University, NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, University of Groningen, University Medical Center Amsterdam, Dutch National Museum of World Cultures, Stichting Nationaal Museum van Wereld Culturen, Stichting Academisch Erfgoed, Rijksmuseum, Bronbeek Museum, Framer Framed, Rijksakademie, The Black Archives, Peace Palace Library, University of Groningen Museum, Utrecht University Museum, Hapin, Papua Support Foundation, Dutch Culture, Cultural Heritage Agency, Imagine IC, Pitt Rivers Museum, Center for Anthropological Research on Museums and Heritage, Museum Nasional Indonesia, Universitas Gadjah Mada, University of the Western Cape, Deutsches Zentrum Kulturgutverluste

    Amount awarded: 3.5 million euros

    Introducing the immune system into drug discovery tools         

    Instead of using laboratory animals, the effects of drugs or therapies can be tested using miniature tissue models, mimicking organ responses. However, none of these models currently include the lymphatic and immune systems, despite their importance to our health. The researchers will develop “organ-on-chip” models with integrated lymphatics, providing a precision tool in the battle against immune-related diseases.

    Official secretary on behalf of the consortium: Dr Valeria Orlova – Leiden University Medical Center

    Consortium: Leiden University Medical Center, Amsterdam University Medical Center location VUmc, Wageningen University and Research, University Twente, TU Delft, Maastricht University, IBA Lifesciences GmbH, TissUse GmbH, Nederlandse Brandwonden Stichting, Dutch Society for the Replacement of Animal Testing, BioEC, Cealus health, IMEC (One Planet), PolyVation, Alveolé, Optics11, hDMT, Ibidi GmbH, AIM Biotech, VSParticle, Amsterdam University Medical Center, Red Cross Hospital Beverwijk, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, Maag Lever Darm Stichting, The University of Melbourne, Ncardia, Roche, Danone Nutricia Research

    Amount awarded: 4.9 million euros

    Constructing the Limes: the border of the Roman Empire in the Netherlands

    This project investigates how borders work and how they can become visible as cultural and political constructs. It looks particularly at the limes, the border of the Roman Empire in the Netherlands, how it was constructed and what its societal impact has been from the Roman period until today. That will enrich current public debates concerning border issues.

    Official secretary on behalf of the consortium: Dr Saskia Stevens – Utrecht University    

    Consortium: Utrecht University, Radboud University, VU Amsterdam, SUAS, Wageningen University and Research, Nationale limessamenwerking, Cultural Heritage Agency, National Museum of Antiquities, Thermenmuseum Heerlen, Uitgeverij Matrijs, Municipality of Nijmegen, Het Valkhof, Geogenetics Lab Copenhagen, ArcheoHotspots, Archeon, Landschap Erfgoed Utrecht, Romeinen NU, Romeinse limes Nederland, Romeinse Vicus aan de Rijn, Xsaga, Nieuw Utrechts toneel, Studio Louter, Vereniging van Vrijwilligers in de Archeologie, Nationale Archeologiedagen, Municipality of Utrecht, DANS, Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Medialane

    Amount awarded: 4.1 million euros

    Quantum Inspire – the Dutch Quantum Computer in the Cloud

    The quantum computer is underway, but is society ready for it? Quantum Inspire combines the latest quantum technology into the first European prototype quantum computer and makes it available online to everyone 24/7, with a view on first exposure, education, development and new applications that address important societal issues.

    Official secretary on behalf of the consortium: Prof. Lieven Vandersypen – TU Delft

    Consortium: TU Delft, Leiden University, Radboud University, The Hague University of Applied Sciences, Qutech, TNO, Waag, Ministry of Defence, Malmberg, Zurich Instruments, Onderwijsnetwerk Zuid-Holland (ONZ), Leiden University Graduate School of Teaching

    Amount awarded: 4.5 million euros

    The Dutch Black Hole Consortium

    This consortium will carry out an interdisciplinary black hole research programme, from developing telescope technology and doing geological research for the possible arrival of the Einstein Telescope, to pure astronomical and theoretical questions. Via educational and outreach, the researchers will try to engage a large part of society in this.

    Official secretary on behalf of the consortium: Prof. Stefan Vandoren – Utrecht University

    Consortium: Utrecht University, Radboud University, Nikhef, University of Amsterdam, University of Twente, Maastricht University, Utrecht University, Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute, TU Delft, Leiden University, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, TNO, Utrecht University of Applied Sciences, Rijksmuseum Boerhaave, Museumplein Limburg, Province of Limburg, Innoseis, Shell, Las Cumbres Observatory, The Black Hole Initiative, Natuurkunde.nl

    Amount awarded: 4.9 million euros

  • Budget range 5 - 10 million euros

    DARTBAC: Dutch Antimicrobial Resistance Technology development and Biofilm Assessment Consortium

    Emerging antimicrobial resistance (AMR) will make antibiotics much less effective in infection treatment and prevention. DARTBAC will develop new antimicrobial technologies that are not based on antibiotics to target this problem. Collectively, DARTBAC is bringing the entire knowledge chain together to develop new material technologies to combat AMR.             

    Official secretary on behalf of the consortium: Dr. Chris Arts – Maastricht University Medical Center+ (MUMC+)

    Consortium: Amsterdam University Medical Center location AMC, TU Delft, Eindhoven University of Technology, Leiden University Medical Center, Maastricht University (UM-M4i), Maastricht University Medical Center, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, University Medical Center Groningen, University Medical Center Utrecht, University of Amsterdam, B. Braun Aesculap (Germany), BiosparQ, Bonalive Biomaterials Ltd, CAM Bioceramics BV, DSM Biomedical, MadamTherapeutics, OS-1, PCI Biotech, ReumaNederland, Zorginnovaties, Dutch Knowledge Institute Medical Specialists, Dutch Orthopaedic Association, AMR-Insights

    Amount awarded: 9.7 million euros

    Virtual Human Platform for Safety Assessment

    Through co-creation with stakeholders, the consortium will develop the world’s first Virtual Human Platform to determine the safety of chemicals and pharmaceuticals for human health based solely on human biology. By integrating innovations in data science, human tissue culture models and transition management, we will spearhead the transition to laboratory-animal-free safety assessment.

    Official secretary on behalf of the consortium: Prof. Juliette Legler – Utrecht University

    Consortium: Universiteit Utrecht, Hogeschool Utrecht, RIVM, Universiteit Maastricht, Universiteit Leiden, Wageningen Universiteit, Wageningen Food Safety Research, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, VU Medisch Centrum, TNO, Erasmus Medisch Centrum, Utrecht Medisch Centrum, ORTEC, Certara U.K., Charles River Laboratories, Unilever, Shell, Bayer, Galapagos, Cosmetics Europe, KWR, Ministerie LNV, Stichting Proefdiervrij, VIG, Brandwondenstichting, Nierstichting, College beoordeling geneesmiddelen, hDMT, SURFsara, DTL, US-EPA, iVPH,  Uppsala Universiteit

    Amount awarded: 9.9 million euros

    The Circadian Clock in Modern Society

    Our 24-hour society disrupts the biological clock of many species, increasing the prevalence of mental and physical illness and threatening biodiversity on a global scale. The researchers will develop strategies to restore and maintain clock function in society and healthcare, helping to ensure a sustainable future for our planet and its inhabitants.

    Official secretary on behalf of the consortium: Prof. Joke Meijer – Leiden University Medical Center       

    Consortium: Leiden University Medical Center, Amsterdam University Medical Center, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, Erasmus MC, Van Hall Larenstein, University of Applied Sciences, Leiden University, University of Amsterdam, Institute of Biology Leiden, Leiden Academic Centre for Drug Research, Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience, Netherlands Institute of Ecology, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, University of Groningen, Eindhoven University of Technology, TNO, University Medical Center Utrecht, ARTIS, Centre for Human Drug Research, Chrono Eyewear BV, Chrono @Work, Edelris, Municipality of Amsterdam, Municipality of Apeldoorn, Municipality of The Hague, Municipality of Leiden, Municipality of Rotterdam, Municipality of Texel, Municipality of Utrecht, Geestelijke gezondheidszorg voor mensen in Eindhoven en omgeving, Good Light Group, Hersenstichting, Janssen Pharmaceutica, Jeroen Bosch Ziekenhuis, Dutch Cancer Society, Leyden Academy on Vitality & Ageing, Methylomics BV, MediluX BV, NEMO Science Museum, OcellO, Peira, Technolab, Witte Raaf, Algemeen Verbond Van Volkstuinders Verenigingen in Nederland, Caring Universities Consortium, Municipality of Putten, Glastuinbouw Nederland, Globe at Night, Holland Rijnland, International Dark Sky Association, Leids Universitair Behandel- en Expertise Centrum, Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Natuur & Milieufederaties, Netherlands Institute for Health Services Research, Openbare Verlichting Nederland, Platform Betere Tijden, Rijkswaterstaat, Smart City program, Vereniging van Ouders van Couveusekinderen, Vreeken’s Zaden, Water Board Hunze en Aa’s

    Amount awarded: 9.7 million euros