Thursday April 13th at Utrecht University in the presence of Minister Van Engelshoven of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) announced how it will distribute €138 million to top research facilities in the Netherlands whose work transcends national boundaries. Utrecht University is extensively involved in six major projects on this National Roadmap for Large-Scale Research Facilities.
Anton Pijpers, President of the Executive Board of Utrecht University, is extremely proud of UU’s strong participation in the selected projects: ‘We have been investing in people and talent as well as in research facilities for years. This investment in building and further developing our research facilities once again shows that Utrecht University occupies a leading position in the development of innovative research facilities with international allure!’
Researching the earth's crust
With a contribution of €12 million, the NWO is financing the expansion of EPOS-NL. This is a cluster of large observatories, experimental labs and a digital infrastructure for research on the earth’s crust in Europe, from kilometre scale down to micro level. Utrecht University is the coordinating centre of this infrastructure.
Together with its partners the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute and TU Delft, the University contributes to the broader European Plate Observing System (EPOS), a project set up to make multidisciplinary research data on the earth’s crust in Europe available quickly, reliably and in open access.