Nearly €19 million from NWO for development and study of “organs-on-chips”

May 2017 – Organs-on-chips: miniature organs for research purposes

It may sound futuristic, but it is now possible to create miniature versions of patients’ organs to study the development and treatment of diseases. This is what researchers from Leiden University Medical Centre (LUMC), University of Twente (UT), Technical University (TU) Delft, the Hubrecht Institute, and Cisca Wijmenga of the University Medical Centre Groningen (UMCG) aim to achieve in the next ten years. Together they’ve been awarded nearly €19 million by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) to work on this innovative project. The funding comes from the Dutch Gravitation programme.

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The Dutch government has set up the Gravitation (Zwaartekracht) programme to stimulate research by consortia working with the best researchers in the Netherlands. It offers major funding for innovative and influential research proposals in a range of fields. The selection procedure is carried out by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).