Enabling Technologies Hotels programme

In the ‘Enabling Technologies Hotels (ETH) programme’, life science researchers can apply for funding to get access to the high-end equipment and expertise of 120+ Technology Hotels that are listed on the DTL website. The next call of the programme will open early 2017. With a EUR 1.8 million budget, the 2017 programme will be twice the size of the previous call.

ZonMw and NWO-ALW have set up the ETH programme in collaboration with DTL to stimulate open access of Dutch research facilities. The ETH programme stimulates the dissemination of the unique technological expertise that is available in the Netherlands to parties that have not worked with that technology before. These novel interactions contribute to the advancement of the technologies and to integrative research. The programme contributes to the aims of the Topsectors Life Sciences and Health, Agri & Food, and Horticulture & Starting Materials.

“The Enabling Technologies Hotel programme offers scientists access to a variety of high-quality Dutch life sciences facilities and expertise. The programme has a high success rate (40-50%) and frequently results in follow-up projects.”

Dr Hougee, Programme Officer Life Sciences and Health at ZonMw.

Previous funding calls

Since 2013, three calls have been held, resulting in 95 granted projects:

Many of the earlier grant recipients have indicated that they will continue collaborating after the ETH project, for instance by jointly writing grant proposals or by financing follow-up research from their own means. So the programme has already resulted in fruitful new collaborations. (Read an experience story.)

What is new

With a EUR 1.8 million budget, the 2017 programme will be twice the size of the previous call. In the previous ETH calls, only public-private collaborations were eligible for funding (either an extension of an existing collaboration or the start of a new one). In addition, ETH funding has been limited to Public Technology Hotels up to now, excluding Service Providers. We expect that in addition to public-private collaborations, public projects without company involvement will become eligible for funding in the 2017 call. In addition, we strive to include Private Technology Hotels as eligible partners.

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