ZonMw and NWO-ALW award 35 projects access to DTL technology hotels

The Netherlands’ organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMw) and NWO Earth and Life Sciences (ALW) have made € 750,000 available for 35 projects to access advanced life science technology facilities. Technology access is provided by DTL-associated ‘Technology Hotels’.

The main goal of this call is to familiarize public-private research partnerships with the potential of high-end analytical technologies. The call for projects within the ZonMw programme Enabling Technologies targeted project groups liaised with the Top Sectors Life Sciences and Health (LSH), Agri&Food and Horticulture & Starting Materials (Tuinbouw & Uitgangsmaterialen).

In the context of the ZonMw/NWO call, access to technology facilities is offered to extend already-planned activities within running projects, and to generate and integrate novel data for the groups concerned. The project proposals have been prepared in close collaboration with the individual DTL hotels.

Goals of this call for enabling technology projects: 

  • Introduce the use of advanced life sciences technologies in public-private biology research collaborations; 
  • Facilitate integration of datasets in advanced multi-technology projects; 
  • Stimulate novel interactions among groups and organizations; 
  • Stimulate open access publishing of research data where possible. 

The call resulted in 99 applications, of which 35 have now been granted after peer-review. An overview of the selected projects and the involved technology hotels can be found here. An important selection criterium was to stimulate hotels in using professional data stewardship and integration principles, methods and standards. The maximum project budget is € 20.000. Additionally, €10.000 could be requested for advanced data-integration.

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