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Einstein Telescope
New program for high-tech companies in the Netherlands

Starting dates

Fall 2023




High-tech companies in the Netherlands 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 is starting.  
Regional development company for Limburg LIOF is leading the national effort, also on behalf of the Ministries of EZK and OCW, Nikhef and the Province of Limburg. With three service points at the regional development companies BOM (Brabant), InnovationQuarter (South Holland) and Oost NL (East Netherlands), connections are being sought nationwide with high-tech ecosystems around the technical universities and consortia are being built together with industry and knowledge institutions. The aim of the program is to strengthen the candidacy for the arrival of the Einstein Telescope.


R&D arrangement

One of the first concrete support opportunities from the program is a R&D scheme that will soon be launched for Dutch high-tech companies. For this, €12.085 million is available. The scheme will be open to partnerships (consortia) around five technology domains relevant to the Einstein Telescope. These domains are: 

  1. Vibration-free cooling: development of vibration-free cooling of mirrors to temperature 10 - 20 K. 
  2. Vacuum technology: cost savings of vacuum system and design of production facility and installation scenario. 
  3. Vibration damping: development of optimal combination of passive and active vibration damping. 
  4. Optics: development of large Si mirrors and coating for application at temperature 10 - 20 K. 
  5. Thermal deformations: development of technology to monitor and compensate for thermally induced deformations. 

Consortia can include startups and SMEs, large companies  and knowledge institutions. By collaborating with these diverse 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.


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