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Newsletter NWO-MVI July 2020

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Newsletter July 2020
Responsible Innovation
NWO-MVI research focuses on important societal challenges and the innovations required for these. It itemises the societal aspects of these (technological) innovations at an early stage so that they can be taken into account during the design and development phase. Our aim? To realise innovations that are acceptable to society!
Call for High Tech Systems & Materials MVI top-up research reopened
In 2019, 22 projects were awarded funding in the annual call of High Tech Systems & Materials (HTSM). To ensure that these studies result in socially responsible innovations, NWO offers the possibility to integrate a number of projects with Responsible Innovation (Dutch acronym MVI) research via an HTSM MVI top-up call. The call for proposals was put on hold due to COVID-19, but is now open again for submissions until 27 August 2020 at 14:00:00 (CET). The total budget for this call is 500,000 euros.
Project leaders from a number of HTSM 2019 proposals awarded funding intend to submit a proposal in the context of the HTSM MVI top-up call. They are looking for researchers from the social sciences and humanities to collaborate with them for the formulation of a research proposal. These are research projects into, for example, pedestrian management, the strength and wear resistance of coatings, new 3D printed materials, and the groundbreaking technology that reduces the MRI scan time, reducing costs and improving patient experience. 

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Call MVI top up Electrochemical Conversion and Materials (ECCM) opens shortly
The new ECCM MVI top-up call has two priorities: the collaboration of tenure track researchers from the natural sciences with researchers from the social sciences and humanities, and the connection of the ECCM tenure track research with Responsible Innovation research. The call is expected to open before the end of July 2020.
ECCM makes it possible to store energy from electricity in chemical compounds that can be used as a raw material or fuel (such as hydrogen). ECCM provides a "key" for new innovations needed in society. The call invites researchers from the social sciences and humanities to team up with tenure track researchers from the natural sciences, appointed through the ECCM call, to jointly submit proposals that will give shape to the societal components of research into ECCM. The total budget available for research proposals is 2.3 million euros. 

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Room for creative and innovative MVI research
Following up from the article above, member of the programme committee Eefje Cuppen, Professor of Governance of Sustainability at Leiden University, talks about the design of the programme.

Read the interview here.

Eefje Cuppen
Opportunities for Responsible Innovation research in the new Knowledge and Innovation Covenant (KIC)
The Knowledge and Innovation Covenant (KIC) of the Dutch Research Agenda (NWA) will be the large NWO instruments for the coming years, alongside the "Open Competition" which includes the Talent Scheme. Research programmes and calls will only be realised within these instruments. They offer many opportunities for Responsible Innovation research.
 









The first calls in the context of the new KIC will soon open.

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Fascinated by MVI research
Young MVI member and social scientist Lotte Krabbenborg is fascinated by the question as to how citizens or users can be involved at an early stage in the public debate about the possible implications of new technology.


Lotte Krabbenborg

She can still remember the exact moment that she became fascinated by what later became her research subject. 'That was near the end of my study at the University of Humanistic Studies. I visited a guest lecture given by Rinie van Est from the Rathenau Instituut at the University of Amsterdam about public opinion concerning technology development.

Her current NWO-MVI project concerns the use of biomarkers in oncology and psychiatry.

Read the interview here...
Valorisation panel accelerates research into potato innovation
How does a new approach to potato breeding contribute to world food security, sustainable ambitions, and the economic viability of the potato sector? That was the key question during the MVI project POTAREI. 'Thanks, in part, to the efforts of the valorisation panel, we were able to describe the significance and consequences of introducing hybrid breeding in detail.'
The traditional approach to potato breeding is a painstaking process, says project leader Paul Struik, Professor of Crop Physiology at Wageningen University. 'The potato is a tetraploid plant, which means that each chromosome comes in sets of four. If we want to introduce characteristics from a wild species through outcrossing, it takes a long time before we obtain a new, pure species.'

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NWO-MVI research focuses on important societal challenges and the innovations required for these. It itemises the societal aspects of these (technological) innovations at an early stage so that they can be taken into account during the design and development phase. Our aim? To realise innovations that are acceptable to society!

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