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TOP-PUNT grant awarded to prof. Gijs van der Marel

NWO Chemical Sciences has awarded a TOP-PUNT grant to a research proposal of prof. dr. Gijs van der Marel (Leiden University) and prof. dr. ir. Adriaan Minnaard (University of Groningen).

The title of the research project is 'Finding Mycobacterium tuberculosis' Achilles heel using chemical immunology'.   

About TOP-PUNT grants

NWO TOP-PUNT grants (1.750.000 euros) are for small teams of full professors appointed at chemical centers of excellence. The full professors can use the grant to jointly set up, strengthen or renew challenging and innovative lines of research.

NWO Chemical Sciences has received eleven applications in this call for proposals, of which three have been granted. The researchers are appointed at four different chemical centers of excellence at four universities.

Strenghtening lines of research

Via the 'Sectorplan natuur- en scheikunde' extra budget is available for scientific research in chemistry. Chemical Sciences finances from this budget TOP-PUNT and ECHO-STIP grants. These grants should boost the research in the chemical centers of excellence. The chemical centers of excellence have been established on recommendation of the 'Commissie Breimer'.

The grant can be used to fund several scientific positions and consumables up to six years. This will enable the research groups to realise several interrelated projects.