Fonds 21

Fonds 21Fonds 21, previously SNS REAAL Fonds, is a topical, entrepreneurial and socially responsible investment fund. We support initiatives in the fields of Art & Culture and Youth & Society. Our focus is on cultural initiatives and we also fund projects that improve social opportunities for young people. We additionally encourage activities and projects in the field of education and knowledge. Fonds 21 is a nationally operating fund that supports projects across the Netherlands.

When it comes to the Art & Culture arena,  Fonds 21 projects fall into the categories of Arts, Visual Arts, Technology and Arts, and Literary Arts. We support a wide range of (interdisciplinary) projects in the field of music, theater, e-culture, design, fashion, art, architecture, literature, new media and other disciplines.

The Fund is open to quirky, innovative initiatives and projects that contribute to the development of their sector. Young careers and a new generation of audience have our special attention. The Fund also supports projects in the field of arts education. Even science projects in conjunction with Art & Culture are eligible for support. This also applies to projects aimed at informing and motivating young people to participate in science. Our focus is on cultural projects for young people with an emphatic socio-cultural approach. In this way we build in a connection to the second pillar on which we focus: Youth & Society.

Next Generation Infrastructures

International science and industry are taking on the challenge of preparing networks for the future. Cooperation is the magic word. Our research institute, Next Generation Infrastructures is a platform within knowledge institutions, market players and government organizations working together on current issues, as well as issues that won’t be current for another 20 years. Our work involves thinking ahead, solving ‘puzzles’, researching actual cases, taking a critical look at current infrastructures and devising solutions.

Infrastructures that perform badly have a significant negative impact on economic growth and cause considerable dissatisfaction among users. The main challenge is to identify the technical and social aspects of infrastructure systems. A dynamic team of scientists from various disciplines and countries are working with policymakers, regulators, managers, investors, designers, contractors and operators in order to develop theories, models and instruments designed to ensure that infrastructures function to their full potential – now and in the future.

Next Generation Infrastructures was established in response to the growing public concern about the future reliability and quality of infrastructure-related services. New approaches to the design, control, management and regulation of infrastructure systems (leaner, and more flexible, reliable and intelligent) are required to counter new risks and vulnerabilities and avoid substantial social costs in the event of infrastructure malfunctions.

Eindhoven University of Technology

Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) is a research university specializing in engineering science & technology. Its education, research and knowledge valorization contribute to:

  • science for society: solving the major societal issues and boosting prosperity and welfare by focusing on the Strategic Areas of Energy,  Health and Smart Mobility
  • science for industry: the development of technological innovation in cooperation with industry
  • science for science: progress in engineering sciences through excellence in key research cores and innovation in education

In developing innovations, TU/e enjoys a long-standing and close cooperation with industry. Accordingly, valorization is one of the spearheads of our policy. TU/e enjoys various forms of cooperation with trade and industry. These range from strategic partnerships to contract research and the formation of consortia for applying for subsidies, often European.

SHT Corporate Programme

To make international research and dissemination possible, the Foundation for the History of Technology (Stichting Historie der Techniek) seeks additional support from business, industry, organizations for scientific research, and welfare institutions. To this end, the Foundation established the SHT Corporate Programme.

A growing group of organizations take part in this program and actively support the Foundation in its quest to develop and communicate knowledge that increases our understanding of technology’s critical role in the history of the modern world. The Foundation’s corporate sponsors are Philips, EBN, TNO, FrieslandCampina and DSM.

Netherlands institute for advanced studies in the humanities and social sciences

NIAS is an institute for advanced study in the humanities and social sciences. Each year, the Institute invites around 50 carefully selected scholars, both from within and outside the Netherlands, to its centre in Wassenaar where they are given the opportunity to do research over a ten-month or five-month period. Fellows carry out their research either as individuals or as part of a research theme group.

The aim of the Institute is to foster advanced research in the humanities and social sciences and to stimulate interdisciplinary scholarly co-operation in an international setting. 

European science foundation

ESF is committed to achieving the highest quality science in Europe to drive progress in research and innovation. We help our Member Organisations collaborate internationally on research programmes that we coordinate in almost every scientific domain. We provide services to the science community, including peer review, evaluation and conferences, as well as support career tracking. ESF also hosts high-level expert boards and committees to support them in achieving their objectives.

Our science policy activities have been transferred to Science Europe which now handles the mainstay of the strategic and policy activities that we initiated and executed in previous years.