Interdisciplinary Research Platform

The Interdisciplinary Research Platform (IRP) promotes pioneering research ideas in emerging interdisciplinary themes within the Faculty of Science, by stimulating creativity and innovation across the borders of the research institutes. To maximise the societal impact, the IRP will actively involve industrial and societal stakeholders to solve complex research problems, create significant impact and build an innovative interdisciplinary research environment.


Richard van Wezel at the IRP symposium 2022

IRP Voucher Call 2024 now open

In total, 12 vouchers with a maximum of 50,000 euro will be granted to stimulate novel research lines connecting two or more institutes within the Faculty of Science.

IRP meeting

IRP Networking session: Nonlinear and Stochastic differential equations and applications

The Interdisciplinary Research Platform (IRP) will organise a networking session on Nonlinear and Stochastic differential equations and applications.


The IRP is committed to the development and support of pioneering interdisciplinary collaborations within the Faculty of Science. Learn more about some of the current projects or discover all projects.

Research setting ALS research

RNA sequencing of the neuromuscular junction to evaluate the role of skeletal muscle gene expression in FUS-associated amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)

The project's goal is to gain a better understanding of the molecular mechanisms that underlie neuromuscular junction defects in ALS in order to identify potential therapeutic targets.

Workhop members Neuromorphic Computing

Neuromorphic Scientific Computing: towards new hardware

This project will quantify the actual and potential energy reduction of scientific computing with current and near-commercial neuromorphic hardware and benchmark the potential of new neuromorphic hardware platforms for scientific computing.

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Focus areas

The current focus areas of the Interdisciplinary Research Platform are:

Green Information Technology

The IRP aims to promote novel projects that contribute to ‘Greening of IT’ – for example materials for efficient data storage – or ‘Greening by IT’ where data and computing innovations contribute to the achievement of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

Machine Learning in the Natural Sciences

Machine learning has emerged as an essential tool for fundamental and applied research in disciplines such as astrophysics, computer science, atomic and molecular physics, mathematics, neuroscience, chemistry, and biology. The IRP will realise interactions between these disciplines, exploring new scientific area’s and methods.

Experimental Laboratories in Life Sciences

The IRP also stimulates interdisciplinary projects in the life sciences. Advanced technologies such as sequencing facilities with single cell and proteomics capabilities, genomics and new bioinformatics research have great potential for integrative research and to address complex issues in environmental, biological and health sciences.

Board members IRP

Management Board

The Management Board of IRP is accountable to the Faculty Board and consists of the Vice Dean of Research and four core members with specialisation in interdisciplinary research.

Richard van Wezel (Vice Dean of Research, Faculty of Science)
Bert Kappen (Machine Learning in Natural Sciences)
Jeroen Jansen (Green Information Technology)
Michiel Vermeulen (Experimental Laboratories in Life Sciences)
Isabel Rijk (Radboud Innovation Science).

The Management Board is supported by three research coordinators: Eduardo Domínguez, Neha Awasthi and Anna Šenovská.


Contact information


Huygens Building

Heyendaalseweg 135
6525AJ Nijmegen
Postal address
Postbus 9010
Contact person
Rijk, I. (Isabel)