This annually recurring open Call, organized by Holland High Tech, links high tech research innovations in public private partnerships to social themes.

Scientists can win an amount of € 25,000 for a research project performed in collaboration with at least one entrepreneur. This is an open call for high tech innovative research that fits both in HTSM as well as in one of these societal themes:

  • Health and Care
  • Security
  • Climate and circular economics
  • Mobility
  • Agriculture, water and food

MinacNed Partners received HiTMaT grant in 2019

In November 2019, MinacNed partners Micronit Microtechnologies and Saxxion Hogeschool received a HiTMat grant for their joint collaboration in the theme Security: ‘Crime scene on a chip: Single cell analyse met behulp van microfluïdische systemen’. MinacNed asked the project partners about the impact the TSM HiTMaT Call had on their project:

“We can contribute to a safer world by using lab-on-a-chip technology to solve crimes. This technology enables us to perform the analysis directly at the crime scene. In doing so, we gain more reliable results faster. The prize of the HTSM HiTMat call 2019 was used to expand our consortium, because we believe that taking advantage of each other’s qualities will always lead to the best results.”

Project partners: Jaap C. Knotter (Hogeschool Saxion/ Politieacademie); Martin Bennink (Hogeschool Saxion); Brigitte Bruijns (Micronit Microtechnologies).

Call information

The HiTMaT Call for Proposals 2020 has opened on February 21, 2020.

The deadline for subsmission is June 2, 2020 14:00 (GMT+1)

Read more about application in Dutch:

Now that the DIGITAL TWIN programme has received a € 4 million grant from the Perspective programme of the Dutch Research Council (NWO), the five-year programme is ready for take-off. Participating companies have added another € 1.6 million to that figure. There are six universities working on the DIGITAL TWIN programme: the UG and the Eindhoven University of Technology, Delft University of Technology, the University of Twente, Leiden University and Tilburg University. They are working together with 12 industrial partners from the high-tech, metal and composites industries, including ASML, VDL Groep, Tata Steel, Philips and Océ. Programme leader Prof. Bayu Jayawardhana (UG – Faculty of Science and Engineering) and co-programme leader Prof. Jan Post (Philips/UG) are now able to appoint 19 researchers.

Smarter system due to digital twin

High-tech systems are becoming increasingly complex and difficult to design, produce and maintain. The DIGITAL TWIN programme develops methods to make accurate digital twins of such systems: virtual software versions, which allow you to run predictive simulations. These simulations can predict, for example, how changes in the design will influence performance or which part is due for maintenance at what time.

DIGITAL TWIN is an acronym and stands for integration of Data-drIven and model-based enGIneering in fuTure industriAL Technology With value chaIn optimizatioN.

At the moment, most digital twins are still based on static theoretical models that assume normal behaviour. By linking these models to measurement data that indicate how the system functions in practice and by combining these data with artificial intelligence, the researchers can make digital copies that continually improve and adapt themselves. The research, led by UG Professor of Mechatronics and Control of Nonlinear Systems Bayu Jayawardhana, focuses on a number of example systems that have been submitted by Dutch high-tech companies involved in the programme. “In this programme, we bring together theoretical mechanical engineering, software engineering, systems and control engineering and artificial intelligence. This results in digital twins that are more accurate, flexible and realistic,” according to Jayawardhana.

Regional embedding

Through two publicly available ‘demonstrators’, the project will make the benefits of the autonomous and flexible development methodology of ‘digital twinning’ available to a wide audience. The project is regionally embedded in northern Field Labs, such as the ‘Region of Smart Factories’.

Every year the Dutch Research Council (NWO) finances four to six Applied and Engineering Sciences Perspective programmes. The Perspective programme is financed by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy. The programme challenges scientists to establish new lines of research with economic and societal impact, in close collaboration with the business world and societal organizations.

More information

  • Press release NWO:…)atief-onderzoek.html
  • Watch a video about the programme.
  • Participants: Airborne, Altran, ASML, ASM PT, Demcon, Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology, Océ, Philips, University of Groningen, Stamicarbon, Tata Steel, Delft University of Technology, Eindhoven University of Technology, Tilburg University, the Netherlands Organisation for applied scientific research (TNO), Leiden University, University of Twente, VDL Groep

Source: NWO Perspectief