Research at TU Delft encompasses virtually the entire spectrum of engineering sciences and it is this breadth that forms the basis for TU Delft's strong scientific profile. The research questions we tackle are strongly inspired by important future challenges facing society.

How the research is positioned is determined by the source of the research question and the way in which that question is approached. Is it motivated by curiosity or with a view to potential utility? Researchers are often driven by curiosity, whereas society and the business community tend to me more concerned with utility. Research questions can be approached in a fundamental or pragmatic way.

Most research at TU Delft is positioned in the lower right-hand quadrant of the diagram above. In other words, it seeks to answer utility-driven questions in a fundamental way. Most of the research has a long time horizon, greater than eight years.

Science, Engineering, Design

Three key dimensions play an important role in our research: science, engineering and design. But the degree of emphasis placed upon each of these dimensions varies from discipline to discipline.

The technical and scientific knowledge acquired through our research activities feeds naturally into the education and knowledge valorisation at TU Delft. Equally, interaction with inquisitive and critical students, businesses and government agencies also results in new and unexpected research questions. In other words, research, education and knowledge valorisation inspire one another.

Who funds the research conducted at TU Delft?

Central government funding

The Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science funds much of the scientific research at TU Delft.

NWO - indirect funding

The Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) funds high-level research at TU Delft.
In order to qualify for this funding, leading researchers at TU Delft must successfully compete against others across the Netherlands for the funds provided by the NWO. 

Contract funding from business

TU Delft also conducts contract research funded by Dutch and international businesses as well as the European Union. This funding takes the form of monetary or in-kind payments in return for the research conducted.

16 January 2018

Tailor-made training on innovation and entrepreneurship in Uganda

Early December TU Delft and Makerere University with funding from Nuffic implemented a tailor made training on “Innovation and Entrepreneurship to aid agricultural value chains”. The training lasted 2 weeks during which TU Delft trainers and participants discussed and identified challenges in doing entrepreneurship along agricultural value chains.

15 January 2018

“Waarde creëren vergt moed” – in gesprek met Tiedo Vellinga

11 January 2018

Biomechanical Engineering’s fiftieth anniversary

The Department of Biomechanical Engineering will be celebrating its fiftieth anniversary in 2018. It’s still a relatively young department in a faculty that’s more than 150 years old, but nonetheless this is a moment well worth celebrating. How were the foundations of Biomechanical Engineering laid, one of the Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering (3mE) faculty’s seven departments at TU Delft? In order to highlight this anniversary, this story recounts some anecdotes from the past fifty years.

09 January 2018

In het nieuws: Rob van Wingerden (CEO BAM & DIMI Advisory Board) (only in Dutch)

02 January 2018

TU Delft researchers develop hybrid meta-biomaterial that can prolong lifespan of hip implants

It is not something you will find in nature, but it can be created using a 3D printer and existing biomaterials: a hybrid meta-biomaterial that promotes bone growth. TU Delft researchers have developed a meta-implant that combines a conventional meta-biomaterial with an auxetic meta-biomaterial. This is important since – unlike natural materials – auxetics have a negative Poisson’s ratio: when stretched, they become thicker perpendicular to the applied force. The material may therefore be applied in hip implants to ensure their long-term fixation. The TU Delft researchers published their findings in the scientific journal Materials Horizons on 2 January 2018.