NWO grants awarded to UM scientists
The Board of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) within the domain of Applied and Engineering Sciences has granted two biomaterials-related projects of UM researchers, prof. dr. Pamela Habibovic (MERLN/IBE, FHML) and prof. dr. Santay Rastogi (FSE).
Main applicant Pamela Habibovic receives the grant within the Open Technology Programme (OTP) for the project ‘Development of instructive composite biomaterials for craniomaxillofacial Regeneration’. Damaged and diseased bones in the region of head, face and jaws are common, and are conventionally treated using metallic or polymeric implants, which poorly bond to the surrounding bone. As a result, failure of such implants is common. In this project, a team consisting of materials scientists, engineers and clinicians from the Department of Cnariomaxillofacia Surgey of the MUMC+ and supported by SMEs in the field of biomaterials and medical devices will collaborate to develop novel, patient-specific bioactive implants for craniomaxillofacial bone defects, by combining innovative biomaterials with 3D printing techniques.
Main applicant Sanjay Rastogi receives the grant for the Demonstrator project ‘Commercial development of an engineering polymer; plastic diamond’.
The NWO Domain Applied and Engineering Sciences (AES) connects people and resources to develop technology with added economic value that contributes to solving societal issues. This is realised through the funding of excellent applied and engineering sciences research, by bringing users and researchers together, and by supervising projects towards optimal opportunities for knowledge transfer. Various funding instruments are available to achieve this.