Micro and nanotechnology will make a significant contribution to resolving major societal questions such as keeping an ageing society healthy and keeping our environment liveable in a changing climate. The basis for being able to provide this contribution lies in the creation of an open, dynamic and sustainable ecosystem for research and innovation with which the Netherlands can continue to play its leading role in the world, and can extend this role further, in micro and nanotechnology. This ecosystem is created by initiating and guiding research projects within the themes.
NanoNextNL is a consortium of more than one hundred companies, universities, knowledge institutes and university medical centres, which is aimed at research into micro and nanotechnology. The total sum involved for NanoNextNL is 250 million euros, half of which is contributed by the collaboration of more than one hundred businesses, universities, knowledge institutes and university medical centres and the other half by the Government of the Netherlands.
The objectives of NanoNextNL are to have achieved the following in 2016:
- to maintain and reinforce the current qualitative and innovative power (at a global level) in academic and industrial research in the area of micro and nanotechnology.
- to be a leader in innovative and competitive micro and nanotechnology products.
- to be a leader in high-tech solutions for societal needs, with a broad basis of support in society.
- to be a leader in sustainable knowledge in the area of micro and nanotechnology
The organisational structure of NanoNextNL:
The most important task of the Executive Board is the general management of NanoNextNL. This includes initiating and evaluating research programmes. The board comprises the following members:
The business director for NanoNextNL is Drs ing. T.P.M. (Dick) Koster.
The supervisory board consists of independent members from universities, knowledge institutes and businesses. The members are well informed of the latest developments at a political, scientific and economic level. They fulfil a supervisory role towards the executive board. The board comprises the following members:
- Prof. Karel Luyben, Chairman (Delft University of Technology)
- Prof. Ed Brinksma (University of Twente)
- Prof. Martin Kropff (Wageningen University & Research Centre)
- Prof. Hans van Duijn (Eindhoven University of Technology)
- Prof. Theo Rasing (Radboud University Nijmegen)
- Prof. Egbert Jan Sol (Netherlands Organisation for applied scientific research (TNO))
- Casper Garos, MSc (Philips Healthcare)
- Gerard Beenker, MSc (NXP Semiconductors Netherlands)
- Dr Ger Willems (FrieslandCampina)
- Ronnie van ’t Oever, MSc (Micronit Microfluidics)
- Dr Sibbe Hoekstra (Materials Innovation Institute)
- Prof. Peter Luiten (Center for Translational Molecular Medicine)
- Dr Jan Maat (Top Institute Food & Nutrition)
- Prof. Cees Buisman (Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Water Technology (Wetsus))
- Jan Staman, LL.M (Rathenau Institute)
NanoNextNL projects are clustered in programmes, which are clustered in ten themes. The programmes within NanoNextNL are led by programme directors. They are responsible for the scientific content and the cohesion of the programmes. The programme directors are actively involved in the achievement of the valorisation objectives of NanoNextNL. The programme directors, together with the programme office, are the point of contact for the project leaders.
NanoNextNL programmes are clustered in ten themes. Each theme has a theme coordinator, who assures collaboration between the different programmes within the theme and with efforts outside of the NanoNextNL scope. The coordinators of the themes are:
|1.||Risk Analysis and Technology Assessment (RATA)||Dr. A.J. Sips|
|3.||Nanomedicine||Prof. dr. J.W. Hofstraat|
|4.||Clean water||Dr. ir. H.V.M. Hamelers|
|6.||Beyond Moore||Dr. J.N. Huiberts|
|7.||Nanomaterials||Dr. ir. L.J.M.G. Dortmans|
|8.||Bio-nano||Prof. dr. M.W.J. Prins|
|9.||Nanofabrication||Dr. V. Banine|
|10.||Sensors and actuators||Dr. ir. M.G.M. de Kroon|
The individual projects within the programmes fall under the responsibility of the project leaders. They coordinate the scientific value of the project, the cooperation between the various parties and the valorisation. The project leaders report to the programme directors.
International Advisory Council
The international advisory council supports the boards with advice and international contacts wherever necessary.
More information on the programme office can be found here
The programme office runs the administration of NanoNextNL and advises the board on policy issues. The programme officers work closely together with the programme directors and project leaders. The programme office organises project administration, the financial management, the communication and the legal support. Valorisation and education activities will be monitored and devised by the office. The NanoNextNL programme office is run by Technology Foundation STW.
Programme office director
- contact for program management
- contact for themes 3 and 7 and finance
- contact for themes 2 and 6 and KPI management & extranet
- contact for themes 4, 9 and 10 and legal procedures
- contact for themes 5 and 8 and valorisation & education activities
- contact for theme 1 and RATA
- Mr. Jörgen de Gooijer
- Mr. Martie Vervoort
- Mr. Mike van Altena
- Mw mr. Sandra Oudejans
- Mr. Huub Eggen
- Mr. Erwin Woord
NanoNextNL was developed following the approved programme proposal "Towards a Sustainable and Open Innovation Ecosystem", which was proposed for the 2009 FES High-Tech Systems and Materials (FES HTS&M). This proposal was based on 5 important developments:
- the global strategic and competitive developments in the area of HTS&M require a strong Dutch open innovation ecosystem.
- companies and knowledge institutes involved in HTS&M have an eye for requirements from society.
- the need for more highly qualified technical staff in the Netherlands.
- the strategic research agenda of the Dutch Nano initiative (SRA-NNI).
- bringing together micro and nanotechnology, because both are of vital importance to the HTS&M sector.
By responding to these developments, NanoNextNL will provide a contribution to the resolution of major societal questions such as keeping an ageing society healthy and keeping our environment liveable in a changing climate. During the course of the programme, there will be constant evaluations, which will allow for quick responses to new opportunities. This way, programmes can be adjusted and added. As the consortium comprises parties from scientific and business backgrounds, the screening and signalling of new developments and requirements can start from an early stage. NanoNextNL is a selective continuation of the programmes NanoNed and MicroNed.