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High Tech for a Sustainable Future

Within the theme 'High Tech for a Sustainable Future' (HTSF), the 4TU.Federation firmly stimulates research into sustainable technology. It is a thematic capacity building programme aimed at attracting new scientific talent and finding answers to societal challenges.

In 2018, the first five programmes within HTSF were awarded funding. The multidisciplinary teams of Precision Medicine, Pride & Prejudice, DeSIRE, Plantenna and Soft Robotics address research on personalised medicine, disease prevention and treatment, smart industry, resilient societies and global food demand. With the recruitment of 44 tenure trackers, permanent scientific staff, 4TU invests in research for the long term. The aim is for the researchers to set up their own research projects within the themes, to attract funding and to hire PhDs.

In 2022, the second HTSF Call for proposals resulted in another four projects in personalized healthcare (RECENTRE), reducing heat in cities (HERITAGE), developing green, biodegradable sensors (Green sensors) and a future-proof food system (REDESIGN).  The kick-off of these programmes will be in January 2023 with the appointment of another 19 Tenure Trackers and support staff. Find out the press release with first information. More news about the programmes will follow on this website.

HTSF programme

The goal of the High Tech for a Sustainable Future (HTSF) programme is to stimulate structural and sustainable collaborative theme-oriented research between the four technical universities on topics that require 4TU collaboration and for which it is currently more difficult to acquire funding externally (i.e. new or high risk topics). The societal relevant research programmes attract and develop new and diverse talent for the four TU’s and aim to deliver societal impact through scientific breakthroughs. After a funded start-up period of five years, research should continue without 4TU.Federation funding. The programmes strive to increase visibility and impact of the 4TU.Federation in society.