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 granta 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.

    The UT Connecting Industries funding scheme

    Every year, the University of Twente stimulates public-private initiatives through its Connecting Industries instrument. Connecting Industries 2023 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%.

    Call 15 

    For call 15, large and programmatic initiatives with private cash contributions of at least €400.000,- per proposal are encouraged to apply. 

    IMPORTANT: A full proposal can only be submitted to SBD (a.h.zomer@utwente.nl) by the managing directors of the institutes DSI, MESA+, TechMed or the Faculty ET.

    • Submission statement of intent to SBD: from February onwards until Tuesday 21 March 2023 before 14:00.
    • Assessment of intended initiatives by the SBD internal advisory board: Monday 27 March 2023.
    • Development of initiatives into full proposals (April - June).
    • Deadline full proposals: Thursday 22 June 2023 before 14:00.
    • Assessment and ranking of full proposals by the SBD internal advisory board: Monday 3 July 2023.
    • Formal final decision by the Executive Board of the UT: Monday 10 July 2023.
    • Submission of full proposals to TKI HTSM: Friday 4 August 2023.
    • Decision by the TKI Roadmap Council: Tuesday 19 September 2023.

    Call 14

    The goal of call 14 is to stimulate collaborations with private enterprises, with a specific eye on providing opportunities for early and mid-career researchers. At least three initiatives will be awarded. The minimum private cash contribution is 100.000,- Euro, exceptions may apply.

    IMPORTANT: A full proposal can only be submitted to SBD (a.h.zomer@utwente.nl) by the managing directors of the institutes DSI, MESA+, TechMed or the Faculty ET.

    • Deadline full proposals: Monday 3 April 2023 before 14:00.
    • Assessment and ranking of initiatives by the SBD internal advisory board: Tuesday 11 April 2023.
    • Formal final decision by the Executive Board of the UT: Monday 17 April 2023.
    • Submission of full proposals to TKI HTSM: 21 April 2023.
    • Decision by the TKI Roadmap Council: Tuesday 6 June 2023.

    Call 13

    In call 13, researchers from the University of Twente are invited to come forward with large initiatives with considerable private investments and contributing to the UT research themes. The deadline for submission is undefined at this moment. Topics should fall within the scope of TKI HTSM: https://www.hollandhightech.nl/technologies. Funding for this call will come from TKI HTSM, co-funded by private enterprises and the University of Twente. The co-funding by private enterprises should make up anywhere between 25 to 50 percent of the total budget of the programme. The expected maximum budget from TKI HTSM for the Connecting Industries 2022 programme is expected to be around 2,0 Million Euros.


    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.

    Researchers interested in applying to the Connecting Industries call 13 are advised to contact Arend Zomer (a.h.zomer@utwente.nl) as early as possible.


    • 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-WWU Strategic Collaboration Grants

    Call for proposals for UT-WWU Strategic Collaboration Grants 2021-2022: Joint research initiatives of the UT and the University of Münster (WWU).

    The UT-WWU Strategic Collaboration Grants aim to support joint research initiatives that focus on strengthening the international reputation and standing of both universities and facilitating access to new stakeholders (e.g. relevant international strategic networks, industrial and governmental parties) and third-party funding.

    Within the framewok of the Strategic Partnership between the University of Twente and the University of Münster, the Executive Boards of the two universities have expressed their mutual interest in stimulating strategic joint research initiatives to enhance opportunities for collaboration.

    Each UT-WWU Collaboration Grant consists of up to € 80,000 (for a maximum of 12 months) to initiate or intensify bilateral research cooperations. The grant could be used to fund, for example, a (joint) position, special equipment, or networking events for the gathering of new consortia, or to secure the participation of industrial parties/companies in a joint, third-party funding application.

    The 2020-2021 Call for Applications to the UT-WWU Strategic Collaboration Grants will provide funding for three joint research initiatives. Academics from all fields of research at UT and WWU are invited to apply. Proposals that will enhance synergies between the two institutions are particularly encouraged.

    More information

  • 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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