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Dutch splash out €138m on research infrastructure

The Netherlands’ national science funder NWO has awarded €138 million to ten infrastructure proposals as part of its investment plan for research facilities.

Ingrid van Engelshoven, the Dutch minister for science, presented certificates to the winning proposals at a ceremony on 12 April. The awards included €19.5m for a coalition to build instruments for the Athena X-ray telescope that will be launched by the European Space Agency in 2028, and which is intended to probe the formation of black holes and gas structures in the universe.

Other funded proposals included an “X-omics initiative”, which was awarded €17.3m to facilitate study of how processes in cells and other biological tissues contribute to disease, and Clariah-Plus, which was given €13.9m to provide humanities researchers with ICT tools for data analysis.

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