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

  • 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 this call will come from the Topsector HTSM, private enterprises and the University of Twente itself. Each year, the UT will decides if a new call will be opened.

    Call 12

    Strategic Business Development (SBD) has opened call 12 of the UT Connecting Industries programme. The Connecting Industries 2021 call aims to support the University of Twente’s ambition to build strategic relationships with industry. Topics eligible for funding can be found here: Funding for this call will come from TKI HTSM, co-funded by private enterprises and the University of Twente. The expected maximum budget from TKI HTSM for the Connecting Industries 2021 programme is 1 Million Euro. TKI HTSM will fund up to 250.000,- Euro per proposal.


    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.

    Applicants are advised to contact one of the managing directors of the institutes TechMed (Remke Burie), MESA+ (Pieter Telleman), DSI (Iddo Bante) or the director of business development of the Faculty ET (Timo Meinders) as well as the impact team of SBD (Janneke Hoedemaekers) in preparing their applications as to ensure the strategic fit with the UT research themes.


    • 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.


    • Researchers from the University of Twente are invited to submit their expressions of interest for this call no later than 15 March 2021. Expressions of interest can be submitted to Dr. Arend Zomer (
    • Applicants who are invited by SBD to submit a full proposal can do so no later than 7 June 2021.

    Q&A and Downloads

    Arend Zomer will host a Q&A session for questions and support on Monday 15 February from 13:00-14:00 h. The session will take place here: Click here to join the meeting.

    Download the following documents:

    • The call for proposals
    • The template form for the expression of interest
    • The template form for the letter of intent from project partners
    • The term sheet of the Connecting Industries programme
    • The budget calculation model


    Please contact 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.


    See the PIHC website for more information and opening of new calls.


    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. 


    See the TURBO website for more information and opening of new calls.

  • 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.

    Deadline for submission is 5 November 2021 – 17:00 CET.

    Proposals accepted for funding are expected to start their activities early 2022. More information can be found here: