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.