Vouchers IRP 2022

IRP vouchers awarded to 12 interdisciplinary research projects

Twelve research groups of the Faculty of Science have received a voucher of €50,000 each to work on an interdisciplinary research project in the field of Green Information Technology, Machine Learning in the Natural Sciences or Experimental Laboratories in Life Sciences. The project teams received the sum as part of the faculty voucher arrangement of the Interdisciplinary Research Platform (IRP). The IRP voucher will allow researchers of the Faculty of Science to start a pilot project with researchers of other research institutes of the faculty or with external collaborators.

Interdisciplinary collaboration

There were 23 submissions in the first call for vouchers of the Interdisciplinary Research Platform. These have been assessed on four criteria by an external selection committee consisting of Ewa Szymanska (Friesland Campina), Manfred Opper (TU Berlin, University of Birmingham) and Fred van Leeuwen (NKI, University of Amsterdam). The four criteria are: innovation, consortium partners, impact, and feasibility. As the overall quality of the submissions was very high, the faculty board decided to award twelve vouchers instead of six.


The IRP vouchers of 2022 were awarded to:

  • RNA Sequencing of the neuromuscular junction to evaluate the role of skeletal muscle gene expression in FUS-associated amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Neuromorphic computational and data science: towards disruptively green computing
  • Machine learning in natural science: bridging the gap between data and understanding
  • VOCSENSE: Towards smart soil sensing to expedite the transition to a greener agriculture
  • Shining light on the dark matter of cell biology
  • Essential oils as green pesticides for sustainable agriculture
  • Towards a chemical self-organizing computer: Mathematical modeling of Marangoni flows
  • Fast, continuous, and complete estimation of acoustic spectrotemporal sensitivity
  • Expanding the molecular toolbox for the detection of active microorganisms in complex communities
  • Hydrazine production from wastewater using the hydrazine synthase enzyme from anammox bacteria and a novel stomatocyte compartementalization strategy
  • Scent of killer: do malaria parasites produce and sense organic volatile compounds?
  • Predictive maintenance on the Dutch power grid using automated partial discharge detection

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