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11 december 2018

Approved FOM programme

Number 145.
Title Computational sciences for energy research - knowledge infrastructures (CSER-KIF)
Executive organisational unit BUW
Programme management Prof.dr.ir. B. Koren
Duration 2012-2021
Cost estimate M€ 6.7
Partners Shell, NWO-AB, NWO-ALW, NWO-CW, NWO-EW, STW

The main objective of the CSER - knowledge infrastructures programme is to provide a major investment in the Dutch knowledge infrastructure in the field of computational sciences, mostly through new tenure track positions. Moreover, the programme contributes to various energy-related themes within the Dutch top sectors Energy and Chemistry: 'Bio-energie', 'Wind-op-zee', 'Smart grids', 'Zonne-energie', 'Energiebesparing Gebouwde Omgeving', 'Gas', 'Energiebesparing Industrie/procestechnologie' and 'Smart polymeric materials'.

Background, relevance and implementation
The programme aims to finance at least eight new tenure track positions, each including a PhD position, to provide a durable investment in the field of computational sciences. To this end two calls are expected to be published in 2014 and 2015 for four positions each. The CSER programme committee, chaired by Prof.dr.ir. B. Koren, is responsible for the publication of the calls and, consulting international reviewers, for the selection of the projects to be funded.

The steering committee with representatives of Shell, NWO, FOM and 'topteam Energie' is the ultimate decision body of the programme.

This FOM programme is part of the overarching initiative 'Computational sciences for energy research'. For administrative reasons and transparency the CSER initiative has been split in four programmes that have the following main objectives:

  • The education of 75 PhD students who are willing to work at the Shell 'Computational Centre of Excellence' in Bangalore, India, after finishing their PhD (FOM IPP i32, CSER-PhD);
  • contribute to the NWO theme 'Duurzame Energie' through the programmes 'Uncertainty reduction in smart energy systems' (FOM/NWO-MaGW programme 146, URSES) and 'CO2-neutral fuels' (FOM/NWO-CW programme 147, CO2NF);
  • investments in the Dutch computational sciences infrastructure at universities and para-university research institutes, mostly through tenure track positions (FOM programme 145, CSER-KIF).