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HTSF call 2021

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The 4TU.Federation is committed to strengthening and pooling technological knowledge in the Netherlands. The first edition of the High Tech for a Sustainable Future (HTSF) programme was shaped around these ambitions and will end in December 2022. 4TU now aims to award a new set of theme based research programmes through the next HTSF call.

High Tech for a Sustainable Future - call 2021

The goal of the High Tech for a Sustainable Future 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.

Important characteristics of the programmes

 Important steps & expected time line

* Current HTSF Programmes

DeSIRE: Designing Systems for Informed Resilience Engineering;
Precision Medicine: Integrating Multiscale Functional Imaging and Advanced Machine Learning;
Pride and Prejudice: Chronic disease prevention through real-life monitoring and intervention design;
Plantenna: Innovative sensors for plant stress and environmental strain for sustainable vegetation and farming;
Soft Robotics: Next generation soft robotic systems

Webinar/ question hour:

Friday, October 1, 12.30-13.30 hrs, Click here to join the meeting

Contact: secretaris@4tu.nl

FAQ's
What is the aim of the Expressions of Interest?

The aim of the Expressions of Interest is twofold:

  • With the Expressions of Interest we want to collect bottom-up ideas from scientists for the themes of the HTSF-2021 programme. Based on the submitted EoIs, the deans of the 4 TU’s will select and define the themes for the HTSF-2021 programme.  The themes will be published with the Call for Proposals in November 2021.
  • With the Expressions of Interest we want to give scientists the opportunity to share their ideas without having to submit a full proposal. Based on the selected themes, scientists can decide to only submit a full proposal if their idea fits well enough into the selected themes (and thereby limit the work load).
Is it correct that Expressions of Interest can be submitted by a consortium of only 2 universities?

Yes, that is correct. Full proposals must be a submitted by consortia consisting of all 4 TU’s.

Is it possible to be involved as applicant in more than one Expression of Interest (EoI)?

Yes, at this stage of the call it is certainly possible for be involved in more than one EoI. We will decide soon whether applicants can be involved in more than one full proposal.

Are commitment letters from the faculties for maintaining the Tenure Track positions needed when submitting an Expression of Interest?

No, commitment letters at not needed when submitting an Expression of Interest. Commitment letters from the involved faculties (confirming to maintain each Tenure Track position from the fourth year onwards) have to be submitted with the full proposal.

How are the themes for HTSF-2021 determined?

Based on the submitted EoIs, the deans of the 4 TU’s will select and define the themes for the new HTSF 2021-call. The themes will be published with the call for full proposals in November 2021.

What kind of positions can be applied for?

The focus of the HTSF-programme is on Tenure Track positions:

  • a programme proposal is shaped around a coherent set of Tenure Track positions (at least one at each of the 4 TU’s for each programme proposal).
  • Each Tenure Track position receives a starting package, worth 1 PhD-position. No additional PhD-positions can be applied for. It is possible to use the starting package for something else, e.g. lab facilities, a postdoc, data stewards, etc.
  • Additional postdoc positions or supporting staff can be part of the programme, if it is elaborated why this position is necessary for the programme and under the condition that the focus of the programme remains on Tenure Track positions.
Can we include existing Tenure Track positions in the programme?

Every programme has to consist of at least 1 new Tenure Track position at each university. Only new Tenure Track positions will get funding from 4TU. Existing Tenure Track positions can be added to the programme. However, they will not receive funding from 4TU.

Is there a minimum or maximum size or budget for the programme?

The minimum size of each programme is four TT-positions; one at each of the 4 TU’s and including a starting package for each TT-position. The corresponding minimum budget will be in the order of about 2M€ for each 5-year programme. All programme sizes/budgets will be further detailed in the complete call for proposals (coming in November).

The maximum size of the programme depends on the total budget available (about 18 M€) and the number of programmes that will be funded (about 4-5). This corresponds to a maximum budget of about 3,5-4,5 M€ for each 5-year programme or about 6-8 Tenure Track positions per programme (at least one TT at each of the 4 TU’s and including a starting package for each TT-position). All programme sizes/budgets will be further detailed in the complete call for proposals (coming in November).

Does each individual programme proposal need to have at least one TT-position at each of the four TU’s, or is it sufficient that - overall - within the HTSF-2021 programme each of the 4TU’s is involved with at least one TT-position?

Each individual programme proposal needs to have at least one TT-position at each of the four TU’s.

What commitment is needed from the faculties?

Faculties involved in the programme have to maintain the Tenure Track position after the period of funding by 4TU (i.e. 2026 and beyond). This has to be confirmed by a commitment letter, to be submitted with the full proposal.

Is co-funding of the programme by the faculties needed?

In the first three years of the programme (2023-2025), Tenure Track positions are fully funded by 4TU (at a fixed rate; exact rate will be detailed in the call for proposals coming in November). Co-funding by the faculties is integrated in the programme by fully funding the Tenure Track position from the fourth year of employment onwards (i.e. 2026 and beyond). Other positions in the programme are fully funded by 4TU (at a fixed rate).

How long are the Tenure Track positions funded by 4TU?

All Tenure Track positions are funded for a maximum duration of 3 years (2023-2025) and must have commitment from the involved faculties to maintain the Tenure-Track position after 2025.

Do the Tenure Trackers receive any additional funding from 4TU?

All Tenure Track positions are supported via the HTSF-2021 program with a starting package, worth 1 PhD-position (yearly contribution for a 4 year duration).

Is funding only available for scientists at the four TU’s, or can others receive funding as well?

No, funding is only available for (new) Tenure Track positions (including a starting package) and (new) postdoc positions at the four TU’s. Other (knowledge) institutes may participate in the programme, but will not receive funding from 4TU.

Where can I find details about the funding/budget options?

All funding/budget options will be further detailed in the complete call for proposals (coming in November).