The Dutch Research Council (NWO): KIC Funds Three Projects for Accelerating Mission-Driven Innovation through Collaborative Research

The Dutch Research Council (NWO): KIC Funds Three Projects for Accelerating Mission-Driven Innovation through Collaborative Research

(IN BRIEF) The Knowledge and Innovation Covenant (KIC) has awarded funding to three projects under the ‘Collaboration in mission-driven innovation’ call. These projects involve interdisciplinary consortia of knowledge institutions, private entities, and public partners. The research aims to explore ways to design and maintain complex collaborations that accelerate mission-driven innovation in response to societal challenges such as climate change, cybersecurity, and an ageing population. The awarded projects will address challenges in various sectors by investigating the management of complex collaborations to drive mission-oriented innovation.

(PRESS RELEASE) THE HAGUE, 9-Aug-2023 — /EuropaWire/ — Three projects have been awarded funding in the Knowledge and Innovation Covenant’s ‘Collaboration in mission-driven innovation’ call. Interdisciplinary consortia of knowledge institutions and private and public partners will conduct research on how to properly design and maintain complex collaborations to accelerate mission-driven innovation.

Climate change, cybersecurity, an ageing population: the Dutch government’s Mission-driven Top Sectors and Innovation Policy (MTIB) puts major societal challenges on the agenda. Multi-stakeholder collaboration is essential to tackle these challenges. But this collaboration can also be complex. Three awarded projects will investigate how to manage these complex collaborations in order to accelerate mission-driven innovation. The research topics cover several challenges in different sectors.

The awarded projects, in alphabetical order of project title, are:

CAREFREE (Creating A healthieR Environment for FutuRE patiEnts) project
Main applicant: Professor N.D. Bouvy (Maastricht University)


– prof. dr. M.D. Davidson, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen
– Y. van den Camp-van der Meer, Maastricht University
– dr. M.L. Kimman, Maastricht University
– prof. dr. F. van Harreveld, University of Amsterdam
– dr. B. Essers, Maastricht UMC+
– drs. S. Lako, Radboud Universitair Medisch Centrum
– dr. N.H. Sperna Weiland, Amsterdam UMC – Locatie AMC
– dr. B.J.A. Janssen, Maastricht University
– dr. L.A. Bijlmakers, Radboud Universitair Medisch Centrum
– dr. P. Reuver, Radboud Universitair Medisch Centrum
– prof. dr. S. Kruijff, Universitair Medisch Centrum Groningen


Universiteit Maastricht, Radboud Universiteit, Radboud Universitair Medisch Centrum, Maastricht Universitair Medisch Centrum, Amsterdam Medisch Centrum, Universiteit van Amsterdam, Fresenius Kabi, B-Braun Medical, PureBlue Water, Waterschap Limburg, Groene Zorg Alliantie, Landelijk Netwerk de Groene OK, Milieuplatform Zorgsector NL, Patiëntenfederatie Nederland, Nederlandse Vereniging voor Heelkunde, Vereniging voor Hygiëne & Infectiepreventie in de Gezondheidszorg, Nederlandse Federatie van Universitair Medisch Centra, Zuyd Hoge School, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment(RIVM)

Dutch healthcare accounts for 7-8% of the total greenhouse gas emissions. In hospitals, at least 20% of this derives from the operating theatre. This includes waste, inhalation gases for anaesthesia, energy for air refreshment and medicine residues in waste water. To change the behaviour of all stakeholders, we assembled a very diverse team to make the operating theatre greener by gaining insight in the biggest polluters. This project aims to fill knowledge gaps but also to provide tools that enhance trust, acceptance and a change in behaviour for the myriad of stakeholders.

REWIRE: Leveraging new collaborations for circular agriculture missions – a multilevel ecosystem approach
Main applicant: prof. dr. K. Frenken (Utrecht university)


– dr. S Begemann, Wageningen University & Research
– prof. dr. M.L.A.M Bogers, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven – Eindhoven University of Technology
– dr. M. Mahdad, Wageningen University & Research
– dr. A Markus, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven – Eindhoven University of Technology
– dr. F.J. van Rijnsoever, Utrecht University
– dr. I. Wanzenböck, Utrecht University
– dr. E.M. de Olde, Wageningen University & Research
– dr. ir. M.J. Janssen, Utrecht University
– prof. ir. A.C. Valkenburg, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven – Eindhoven University of Technology
– prof. dr. I.M.M.J. Reymen, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven – Eindhoven University of Technology
– dr. ir. C.S.H. de Lille, De Haagse Hogeschool (HHS)
– A.G.L. van Oostrom, De Haagse Hogeschool (HHS)
– dr. J.P.G. van der Pol, Utrecht University
– dr. B.J. van Helvoirt, HAS Green Academy
– ir. F.M. Praasterink, HAS Green Academy
– prof. dr. ir. C. Leeuwis, Wageningen University & Research
– prof. dr. H.A.C. Runhaar, Utrecht University
– dr. Y. Baggen PhD, Wageningen University & Research


Universiteit Utrecht, Wageningen University and Research, TU Eindhoven, HAS Green Academy, Haagse Hogeschool, Province of Overijssel, Province of Noord-Brabant, Province of Zuid-Holland, Greenport West-Holland, Lentiz, MBO Oostland, Forever Plants, Gemeente Waddinxveen, Oost NL, Foodvalley NL, TOP BV, Plantum, Landbouw Innovatie Brabant, Greenport Noord-Holland Noord, Dialogic, NewForesight, Province of Gelderland, Natuur en Milieu Gelderland, FoodPolicy, NAJK, LTO Noord, Brabantse Ontwikkelings-Maatschappij (BOM), Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland, Rotterdam School of Management, Open University, Institute of Food and Resource Economics, University of Copenhagen, Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF), AIT Austrian Institute of Technology, Hogeschool Rotterdam, BrabantKennis

The mission of the Dutch government is to render the agricultural system fully sustainable. Despite agriculture being among the most innovative Dutch sectors, solutions remain underdeveloped and hard to diffuse. This project aims to foster new collaborations among all stakeholders as to develop and transfer agricultural innovations within and across ecosystems. We develop a digital recommender system for new collaborations as well as tools for ecosystem governance, coalition building, and joint business model development.

SMART4L: a learning community and platform to accelerate (inter)regional collaboration for ICT-driven innovation in Logistics
Main applicant: dr. M.W. Vos (Hogeschool Windesheim)


– dr. R.B.L. Sijbom, University of Amsterdam
– prof. dr. M.E. Iakob, Twente University
– dr. M. Baas, University of Amsterdam
– dr. C. de Ruijt, Hogeschool Windesheim
– dr. L.D. Collou, Saxion Hogeschool
– J.P.S. Piest, Twente University


Hogeschool Saxion, Universiteit van Amsterdam, Vrije universiteit Amsterdam, UTwente, Hogeschool Windesheim, ROC Deltion, Port of Twente, Zwolle Logistics lab, Bolk Transport, Scania, Zehnder, Fuite, WeesVaardig, Bullit Digital, Deltago, VNO-NCW, Evofenedex, TLN

The logistics workforce often lacks the knowledge and skills to utilize the rapidly developing ICT-innovations. Addressing this problem, our SMART4L proposal aims to increase the learning capacity of logistics companies and the employability of the logistics workforce by (re)designing, optimizing, and substantiating three regional learning communities (Port of Twente, Logistics Lab Zwolle and Kansen met Data-Datalab) in which companies, knowledge-, educational-, and sector institutions collaborate. SMART4L will do so with key insights about effective design principles and social processes for collaborative learning and innovation adoption, and by developing a ICT platform to facilitate knowledge sharing and learning among stakeholders.

About the call
The Dutch government’s Mission-driven Top Sectors and Innovation Policy (MTIB) identifies major challenges that require both technological and societal innovation, with societal earning capacity as the starting point. Societal earning capacity arises when an innovation has societal impact and simultaneously helps to boost economic earning capacity. The desired combination of technological and societal innovation requires knowledge of the complex collaboration between stakeholders and refers to a wide range of societal and technical challenges.

The aim of the call is to develop knowledge and establish strategies for action that can be used for this complex multi-stakeholder collaboration. The knowledge gained can improve the design, start-up and maintenance of new and existing partnerships, with the aim of accelerating mission-driven innovation.

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Source: NWO


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