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First opening of R&D scheme Einstein Telescope for high-tech companies

On Monday, Oct. 23 at 9 a.m., the first call was opened of the R&D scheme technology domain Einstein Telescope for high-tech companies. It concerns the technology domain ‘vibration-free cooling’. Companies can qualify for a subsidy of up to €2.585 million.

The aim of the scheme is to stimulate innovation and accelerated development of new technologies for the Einstein Telescope. And thereby strengthen the future earning capacity of the Netherlands. A total of €12.085 million is available for this purpose from the National Growth Fund.

For whom is the R&D scheme?

The scheme is open to individual companies and collaborations (consortia) around five technology domains relevant to the Einstein Telescope. The first domain concerns the development of vibration-free cooling of mirrors to a temperature of 10-20 Kelvin (K). Specifically, applicants are sought for projects that contribute to the development and qualification of vibration-free cooling units. Applicants or consortia may include startups and SMEs, large companies and knowledge institutions.

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Evaluation criteria

The applications are evaluated by an independent guidance group. This guidance group uses the following criteria when assessing R&D projects: connection to the technology domain, economic perspective, quality of the applicant or consortium and quality of the project plan.

Program manager Jorg van der Meij (LIOF): “A team of business developers is ready to answer questions from entrepreneurs and knowledge institutions and help them with their application for this opening or for the domains that will follow. Game rule here is that they are active around one of the five technology domains and that there is a good connection to the Einstein Telescope and possible other applications.”

Application process and timing

Interested parties are invited to express their interest and submit an application. This can be done for the technology domain vibration-free cooling until 11:59 p.m. on Nov. 24, 2023. More info on the R&D scheme, the team of business developers and the technology domains can be found at the website Einstein Telescope for Business.

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