40 million euros for research on innovative technologies in nine new Perspectief programmes

News - 14 December 2022 - Webredactie Communication

Nine consortia of researchers, companies, government bodies, and societal organisations have been awarded a total of almost 40 million euros to develop technological innovations targeting societal challenges. TU Delft is leader in three awarded consortia and participates in three other consortia, related to our societal themes Resilient Cities & Mobility, Health & Care and Climate & Energy.

TU Delft programmes awarded funding


Secure against water extremes
Future FRM Tech: Future Flood Risk Management Technologies for rivers and coasts
Programme leader: Prof. dr. ir. Bas Jonkman (Civil Engineering and Geosciences)

Large areas of the Netherlands are at risk of being flooded. It was only last year, 2021, that rivers in the province of Limburg overflowed. A rise in sea levels and weather extremes, caused by climate change, calls for new technical and nature-based solutions for flood risk management and climate adaptation. The Future FRM Tech programme develops flood resilient landscapes for rivers and estuaries as well as technical solutions for water barriers – explicitly addressing any legal, economic and governance aspects that may impede their practical use. Using case studies for the Lek and Geul rivers in the Zeeland province, the programme develops knowledge to ensure successful implementation in practice.
Read more about this research.
Watch the video Future FRM Tech

A sustainable accessible city, without private cars? 
Programme leaders: Prof. dr. ir. Bart van Arem (Civil Engineering and Geosciences), Dr. Maaike Snelder (TNO/ Civil Engineering and Geosciences)

With housing density increasing, how can we keep our cities accessible? And how can we ensure that everyone can make use of smart, clean mobility solutions such as shared electric bikes? XCARCITY develops digital twins of low-car urban areas, based on measured and simulated mobility data of people and goods. The researchers apply these virtual models to test various scenarios and interventions for addressing specific problems in the cities of Almere, Amsterdam, and Rotterdam. The simulations serve as input for the decision-making process of government agencies, regional developers and transport operators when striving for clean, accessible mobility in their cities. 
Read more about this research.
Watch the video Xcarcity

Imaging at the smallest scales
3D Nanoscale Imaging (3DNI)
Programme leader: Prof. dr. Sjoerd Stallinga (Applied Sciences)

Developing new pharmaceuticals, understanding how cancer cells respond to chemotherapy, or building ever more powerful computer chips – all this, and more, requires imaging at the smallest possible scales. The 3DNI programme develops technology for super-fast 3D imaging of atoms, molecules, and cells. To achieve this goal, the researchers engineer novel light and electron microscopy technology. Combining these with computer algorithms and artificial intelligence unveils details smaller than the wavelength used for microscopy.
Watch the video 3DNI.
Read more about this research.


TU Delft is also participating in these three other awarded Perspective consortia:


Leading by light conduction
Optical coherence; optimal delivery and positioning (OPTIC), programme leader: Prof. dr. Willem Vos (Universitity of Twente).
Watch the video OPTIC.

Targeting cancer with radiation from within
UNderstanding the RAdiobiology of therapeutic medical radioNUclides (UNRANU), programme leader: Dr. Frank Nijsen (Radboudumc).
Watch the video UNRANU.

Sediment as key for resilient water systems
WadSED: Wadden Sea and Estuaries: system Dynamics and sediment management under climate change, programme leader: Prof. dr. Maarten G. Kleinhans (Utrecht University).
Watch the video Wadsed.

About Perspectief
Perspectief is a programme of the Dutch Research Council (NWO), financed by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy (EZK). The Perspectief programme encourages researchers to form consortia with companies, government bodies and societal organisations. Together, they develop technological innovations that have a high impact on society and that help create economic opportunities for the Netherlands. The research programmes are aimed at addressing major societal challenges and the key enabling technologies, thereby contributing to the Mission-Driven Top Sectors and Innovation Policy of the Ministry of EZK.

Read the press release and watch all videos of the awarded Perspective consortia on NWO's page.