New program for high-tech companies
April 8, 2024
High-tech companies around five technology domains
Stimulate innovation and accelerated development of new technologies for the Einstein Telescope (ET)
About the program
To stimulate innovation and accelerated development of new technologies for the Einstein Telescope (ET), the ET valorization program starts.
Regional development company for Limburg LIOF is directing nationwide, also on behalf of the Ministries of EZK and OCW and Nikhef. With three service points at the regional development companies BOM (Brabant), InnovationQuarter (South Holland) and Oost NL (East Netherlands), nationwide connections are being sought with high-tech ecosystems around the technical universities and consortia are being built together with industry and knowledge institutions. The goal of the program is to strengthen the candidacy for the arrival of the Einstein Telescope.
The second call (call) of the R&D scheme technology domains Einstein Telescope will open on April 8, 2024. For the total scheme - which has five technology domains - €12.085 million is available. That amount was allocated in 2022 in the 2nd round of projects from the National Growth Fund. The second call is for the technology domain "vibration damping. Companies can be eligible for a grant of up to €2.585 million in this opening. The five technology domains are:
- Vibration-free cooling: development of vibration-free cooling of mirrors to temperature 10 - 20 K.
- Vacuum technology: cost savings of vacuum system and design of production facility and installation scenario.
- Vibration damping: development of optimal combination of passive and active vibration damping.
- Optics: development of large Si mirrors and coating for application at temperature 10 - 20 K.
- Technical deformations: development of technology to monitor and compensate for thermally induced deformations.
Who is eligible for the R&D scheme?
The scheme is for individual companies and partnerships (consortia). Consortia can include startups and SMEs, large companies and knowledge institutions. By collaborating with these various parties, the scheme hopes to promote cooperation between different players in the innovation ecosystem and accelerate the development of breakthrough technologies. This includes looking at applications and uses in other areas and sectors.