With Gravitation, the government encourages excellent research in the Netherlands. Its aim is to encourage world-class research that is actually capable of achieving an international breakthrough. It provides government funding directly from the central government. The NWO carries out the selection procedure at the request of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. Read more about Gravitation here.

2013 AWARDS

Two research teams coordinated by Utrecht University were awarded the prestigious Gravitation grant by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science to set up outstanding research programmes.

These are the Netherlands Center for Multiscale Catalytic Energy Conversion (31.9 million euros) and the Netherlands Earth System Science Centre (28 million euros). The ministry honoured a total of six proposals, including the consortium The Institute for Chemical Immunology (27.6 million euros), in which Utrecht University is a participant.

More information about the consortia which were awarded a Gravitation grant in 2013.

2012 AWARDS

Two research teams coordinated by Utrecht University were awarded the prestigious Gravitation grant by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science to set up excellent research programmes.

These are the Cancer Genomics Centre Netherlands (30.7 million euros) and Individual development: Why some children thrive, and others don’t (27.6 million euros). The ministry honoured a total of six proposals, including the consortium Delta Institute for Theoretical Physics: Matter at all Scales, in which Utrecht University is a participant, with Nobel Laureate Gerard ‘t Hooft among others (18.3 million euros).