Our proposal "Quantum microscopy: A new tool for future technologies" has been accepted (NWO website). We will investigate scanning probe magnetic imaging based on defects in diamond with a multi-disciplinary team that includes Toeno van der Sar (Delft), Richard Norte (Delft), Tjerk Oosterkamp (Leiden), TNO, Applied Nanolayers BV and Leiden Spin Imaging BV.
NWA: Connecting science and society.
The Dutch government has recently increased its investment in research and innovation. Part of this extra funding is intended for the NWA research programme that NWO is realising on behalf of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. The overarching aim of this programme is to improve the connection between science and society. The need to structurally strengthen this connection is widely felt and supported. To achieve this aim, the NWA programme will encourage research relevant for society, facilitate knowledge sharing via interdisciplinary and knowledge-chain-wide collaboration, and proactively involve societal partners in the formulation, setting up and realisation of the research. The dialogue between science and society will be further fuelled by targeted communication and outreach activities and by the active involvement of citizens in science and research (e.g. through citizen science and co-creation). In addition, the programme will contribute to the sustainability and innovativeness of routes and networks.