UT grants

The University of Twente hosts several internal grants for its research employees to collaborate with hospitals in the region or private enterprises and collaboration grant with the University of Münster (WWU) or Waterloo.

  • Connecting Industries

    The University of Twente aims to further expand its partnerships with private enterprises in order to develop new technologies and to strengthen the public-private ecosystem of the university. To this end, the UT Connecting Industries calls were launched. Funding for the calls comes from the Topsector HTSM, private enterprises and the University of Twente itself.

    More information and documents about the 2024 call can be found here.
    More information


    Every year, the University of Twente stimulates public-private initiatives through its Connecting Industries instrument. Connecting Industries aims to support the ambition of the University of Twente to develop its relationships with industry. Topics eligible for funding can be found here: https://www.hollandhightech.nl/technologies. Project proposals should clearly contribute to the university’s ambition to build relationships with industry within the following four UT research themes: Improving healthcare by personalized technologies, Creating intelligent manufacturing systems, Shaping our world with smart materials, and Engineering our digital society. Each initiative should be co-funded in cash by a private partner in addition to the government PPS allowance. A budget will approximately have the following breakdown: TKI HTSM 40%, private contribution 40%, in-kind UT 20%.


    In collaboration with TKI HTSM, each year the University of Twente supports public-private partnerships through its Connecting Industries instrument. The funding for this call comes from TKI HTSM, co-funded in cash by private enterprises and in-kind by the University of Twente. 

    Topics eligible for funding:

    1. Systems Engineering for High Tech Systems
    2. MedTech
    3. Photonics and Optical Technologies
    4. Battery Integration
    5. High Tech Materials
    6. Semiconductor Manufacturing Equipment
    7. Microelectronics
    8. Quantum


    Main applicants and co-applicants are employed by the University of Twente. They should have access to sufficient university facilities and budget to carry out the project according to university standards. This call is open as well to researchers connected to the Fraunhofer Project Centre @ University of Twente and the Max Planck Center for Complex Fluidics.


    • Personnel (PhD students and postdocs) 
    • Consumables and (purchase of) equipment directly needed for the execution of the project.
    • Costs for travelling and other operational expenses for materials that are directly needed for the execution of the project.
    • Cost for use of infrastructure.


    Please contact grants-office@utwente.nl for more information on this Connecting Industries call.

  • Pioneers in Health Care

    The Pioneers in Health Care Innovation Fund (PIHC) is all about technical solutions to overcome limitations in the current health care, or new medical applications of existing technology.

    With the innovation fund, the University of Twente, Saxion, MST, ZGT and Deventer Hospital are promoting bottom-up collaboration between the world of new technologies and medical practice with a view to facilitating the introduction of innovative technology in the clinic.


    Long-term collaboration

    The PIHC Innovation Fund aims to facilitate the introduction of innovative technology into the clinic and create long-term collaboration between parties. A bottom-up, project-driven approach is chosen in which clinicians and scientists jointly address specific clinical issues. Innovation vouchers are awarded to project teams as seed money that participants can use to test the feasibility of their ideas and evaluate the potential for developing them further. 

    Impact on health care

    By initiating the fund, the enormous research potential in the Twente and Salland region is directed towards improved patient care. The innovation fund will therefore ultimately benefit patients, not necessarily limited to the region. To ensure this impact on health care, the fund emphasizes the importance of valorization in its projects.


    Together, UT, Saxion, MST, ZGT and Deventer Hospital provide a yearly budget of €600,000 for the PIHC Innovation Fund and are committes to long-term continuation of the program.  

    Every year, a call for proposals is published for researchers of UT and Saxion and medical specialists MST, ZGT and Deventer Hospital. At the end of the year the innovation vouchers are awarded. Projects have to start within 6 months after the voucher has been awarded and the project duration is maximum 12 months.



    The University of Twente and Radboudumc have set up the Twente University RadBoudumc Opportunities (TURBO) program. With a grant from the TURBO program, research groups from both institutions can expand an innovative idea into a large research project. 


    The goal of a TURBO grant is to prepare a research project for the acquisition of larger external grants, for example from national and EU-funds or from companies that work in the area of health and technology. The collaboration between the University of Twente and the RadboudUMC will also stimulate the exchange of students and researchers and the sharing of knowledge and expertise.    


    Annually, four TURBO grants are awarded. These project-based grants of €80.000,- each will be awarded to four (preferentially) new collaborations between researchers from the University of Twente and Radboudumc. Grants are evaluated by a committee and selected on the basis of scientific quality, the odds of receiving additional grants, innovation and societal impact. 


  • UT and Waterloo Strategic Collaboration Grants (SCG)

    Executive Summary 

    The University of Twente, located in the Netherlands, and the University of Waterloo, located in Canada, signed a Strategic International Partnership Agreement in 2022 and are inviting faculty to respond to this newly formed collaborative seed funding call. The funding call is open to all faculty at both institutions, based around joint collaborative research work in their specific academic areas as it relates to the theme areas outlined in this call. A short summary of key information about the funding call can be found below.

    • Eligibility – University of Twente and University of Waterloo faculty members
    • Funding available – Overall commitment of up to C$64,000 from Waterloo and €44,000 from Twente, resulting in up to four selected SCG proposals, each receiving up to C$16,000 for the University of Waterloo lead applicant and €11,000 for the University of Twente lead applicant.
    • Duration – up to 24 months
    • Application deadline – Wednesday, 8 November 2023 at 23:59 (Twente time) / 17:59 (Waterloo time)
    • Scope and thematic areas - advance each university’s strategic priorities, focusing on four domains: bioengineering and biotechnologyhealthnanotechnology, and water.

    Key partnership contacts:

    Eric Jardin
    Eric Jardin
    International Relations Manager
    M.A.H. Dekkers MA (Margriet)
    M.A.H. Dekkers MA (Margriet)
    International Strategic Partnership Coordinator for the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster (WWU), Germany and the University of Waterloo (UW), Canada
    Mor information about the UT - Waterloo Strategic Collaboration Grant
    More information

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