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November 17th 2019

Approved mission budget

Number MBN
Title Mission budget Nikhef (MBN) 
Executive organisational unit FOM-Nikhef 
Director Prof.dr. S.C.M. Bentvelsen


In 2011 the following mission was approved by the FOM board:
The mission of Nikhef is to study the interactions and structure of all elementary particles and fields at the smallest distance scale and the highest attainable energy. Two complementary approaches are followed:
•  Accelerator-based particle physics
Studying interactions in particle collision processes at particle accelerators, in particular at CERN;
•  Astroparticle physics
Studying interactions of particles and radiation emanating from the Universe.

Nikhef coordinates and leads most Dutch experimental activities in these fields.
The research at Nikhef relies on the development of innovative technologies. The knowledge and technology transfer to third parties, i.e. industry, civil society and general public, is an integral part of Nikhef's mission.

To successfully fulfil its mission, FOM-Nikhef supports cutting edge activities in the fields of particle detector R&D, grid computing and theoretical particle physics. Whenever the occasion arises, FOM-Nikhef stimulates technology transfer to and collaboration with industrial partners. Similarly, outreach activities to both the general public and (high-school) students are vigorously pursued.

FOM-Nikhef currently runs the following FOM programmes:
Theoretical particle physics in the era of the LHC (nr. 104);
The origin of cosmic rays (nr. 106);
- Gravitational physics - the dynamics of spacetime (nr. 119);
- KM3NeT: The next generation neutrino telescope (nr. 123);
- The missing universe: what is the subatomic constituent of dark matter (nr. 139);
- LHC Physics: the Dutch participation (nr. 144);
- Higgs particle and portal (nr. 156).
The infrastructure for these programmes is financed out of the mission budget.

FOM-Nikhef has been evaluated by an international committee in September 2011. The final decision on the mission, past-performance and future plans was taken in 2012.
The next mission evaluation takes place in 2017.

Please find a research highlight that was achieved in 2014 within the Nikhef mission budget here.