11 June 2019

Money for collaborations between universities and social partners

Over 9 million for four research projects from Utrecht with new type of funding

Four projects from Utrecht have received funding from the so-called National Science Agenda: Research on Routes by Consortia (Nationale Wetenschapsagenda: Onderzoek op Routes door Consortia, NWA-ORC). The projects involve a total of 9,25 million euro. Utrecht University is also one of the academic partners for a fifth project

The NWA-ORC scheme is awarding a total of 61 million euros to 17 research consortia. A special feature of this new funding is that it is used for collaborations between knowledge institutions and social partners, allowing them to examine urgent issues together.

'We strongly believe that research is enhanced when it is conducted together with external partners'

Henk Kummeling, Rector Magnificus at Utrecht University, is delighted with the awards to Utrecht. 'The main reason is that these grants are intended to enter into partnerships outside the university. We strongly believe that research is enhanced when it is conducted together with external partners. It will only be possible to resolve major social issues by looking beyond the boundaries of academia. As we have been doing so for a long time, such as with our hubs, we are very pleased that the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research is also moving in that direction with these grants.”

Subsidence in the Netherlands - Project leader: Esther Stouthamer of the Faculty of Geosciences

Subsidence in the Netherlands is a current, complex problem in urban and polder areas which is attracting increasing attention. Old solutions are no longer working well. This project will invest in modelling the subsidence. New approaches will also be developed with a view to ensuring that decisions on action scenarios are grounded in actual knowledge. For more information, click here. Total grant NWO: 4,4 miljoen euro

Living on Soft Soils: Subsidence and Society

Participants: Wageningen University & Research, Delft University of Technology, Deltares, WENR, TNO-GSN, Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, Rijkswaterstaat, Ministry of the Interior, STOWA, HDSR, WDOD, Province of Utrecht, Soft Soil Municipalities, Municipality of Gouda, SWECO, Tauw BV, NAM.

Marcel Bouvy

Preventing an opioid epidemic in the Netherlands - Project leader: Marcel Bouvy of the Faculty of Science

While opioids are useful painkillers, they also have drawbacks. Their use in the Netherlands is increasing sharply. In order to prevent an epidemic of abuse such as in the US, the consortium will investigate the causes and consequences of this increase. It will also examine how the problematic use of opioids can be reduced. For more information, click hereTotal grant NWO: 1,8 miljoen euro

Preventing and Tackling the Opioid Epidemic

Participants: Leiden University, SIR Institute for Pharmacy Practice and Policy, Radboud University Medical Center, Canisius Wilhelmina hospital, Sint Maartenskliniek, KNMP (Dutch Royal Pharmacists’ Association), MEB (Medicines Evaluation Board), National Healthcare Institute (Zorginstituut Nederland, ZIN), Trimbos (Netherlands Institute of Mental Health and Addiction)

Good risk assessment for pregnant women in Ghana - Project leader: Rick Grobbee, Distinguished Professor of Utrecht University, also working at UMC Utrecht

A better assessment of the risk during pregnancy of poor outcomes for mother and child will ensure that the right care can be given to the right woman at the right time. In Ghana, we will examine how health-care providers can use risk assessment in a respectful way and involve women in the decision-making process. Total grant NWO: 1,3 million euro

Severe Pre-eclampsia adverse Outcome Triage (SPOT) score for women with pre-eclampsia remote from term: SPOT implementation and impact assessment study (SPOT-impact)

Participants: Royal Tropical Institute (Koninklijk Instituut voor de Tropen, KIT), University of Amsterdam, University of Tennessee

Better individual treatment for children with autism - Project leader: Hilgo Bruining of UMC Utrecht

Autism is a common developmental disorder in children, for which proper treatment does not yet exist. The project researchers hope to determine the best treatment for each individual child on the basis of brain measurements. This process should ultimately increase the success of the treatment and reduce the burden on the child. Total grant NWO: 1,8 miljoen euro

New, rational therapy decisions for developmental brain disorders: Integrating quantitative patient assessment, cellular assays and nanotechnology (NewTDec)

New, rational therapy decisions for developmental brain disorders: Integrating quantitative patient assessment, cellular assays and nanotechnology (NewTDec) Participants: Radboud University Medical Center, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, University of Twente, Multichannel Systems, SmarTip, NBT Analytics, Bronkhorst High-Tech.

The risk of an outbreak of infectious diseases - Project leader: Marion Koopmans of Erasmus MC 

Researchers from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine are also involved in a project led by Erasmus MC. This consortium - part of the Netherlands Centre for One Health (NCOH) - will investigate how changes in climate, landscape, water management and travel contribute to the risk of an outbreak of infectious diseases. Utrecht University and University Medical Center Utrecht are important academic partners in this project. For more information, click here. Total grant NWO: 9 million euro

Preparing for vector-borne virus outbreaks in a changing world: a One Health Approach

Participants: Utrecht University, University Medical Center Utrecht, Wageningen University & Research, Leiden University, Leiden University Medical Center, Radboud University Medical Center Nijmegen, Netherlands Institute of Ecology, Avans University of Applied Sciences, Deltares, Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI), National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), Red Cross Blood Bank Curaçao, Sanquin, Technasium, Netherlands Centre for Monitoring of Vectors (CMV).