Investigating both neuroimaging and molecular imaging, making the most of the innovative technologies and techniques at both institutions.

Approved projects

  • Work to bring together world-class scanning technology in York and Maastricht to understand how information flows through the brain and apply this in our response to ageing and mental health challenges. 
    1. Professor Elia Formisano & Professor Rainer Goebel (Maastricht)
    2. Professor Antony Morland & Professor Alex Wade (York)
  • Research to use state-of-the-art Imaging Mass Spectrometry and GeoMx™ Digital Spatial Profiling protein and RNA profiling to better understand how immune cells regulate their metabolism in complex inflammatory environments. The research will initially focus on tackling diseases in which York and Maastricht already have considerable expertise (breast cancer and leishmaniasis), eventually expanding this to a range of other communicable and non-communicable diseases. 
    1. Professor Ron Heeren (Maastricht)
    2. Professor Paul Kaye & Dr. Peter O'Toole (York) 
  • Research to boost cross-institute research scope and capabilities for high-resolution functional brain mapping using advanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques – in both clinical and preclinical domains. 
    1. Dr. Laurentius Huber & Dr. Benedikt Poser (Maastricht)
    2. Dr. Aneurin Kennerley (York)

Data Science

Investigating the key challenges for both technology and society around data and how it is used.

Approved projects

  • A significant investment to support responsible data science, designing new approaches to handling personal data that could restore public trust and confidence in how major corporations handle their personal information. This project aims to build principles of responsible data science by design into the actual software development practices rather than simply producing ethical or regulatory frameworks which developers may or may not follow. 
    1. Professor Michel Dumontier & Dr. Visara Urovi & Professor David Townend & Dr. Jerry Spanakis & Professor Mathieu Segers (Maastricht)
    2. Professor Dimitris Kolovos & Dr. Nicholas Matragkas & Professor Delaram Kahrobaei (York)
  • A project investigating how to improve public trust in health data institutions, exploring approaches to the dilemma between the social utility gained by exploiting personal health information and individual privacy concerns. 
    1. Dr. Peter Schröder-Bäck (Maastricht)
    2. Professor Stephen Holland (York) 

Future of Europe

Our research takes advantages of the twin perspectives of Maastricht and York: both geographically European but with national governments, which take very different political approaches to Europe.

Approved Projects

  • A project to explore European sovereign debt practices in order to develop principles of financial ethics and institutional design for sovereign debt policies conducive to European integration.
    1. Dr. Janosch Prinz (Maastricht)
    2. Professor Alan Thomas & Dr. Martin O’Neil & Dr. Marco Meyer (York) 
  • A series of research events to investigate the constitutional challenges arising from the use of a number of regulatory techniques in the EU.
    1. Professor Mariolina Eliantonio (Maastricht)
    2. Dr. Kathryn Wright (York) 


The Partnership has previously also funded a range of smaller Europe-focused research bids, including work on:

  • Europe and the future of global rules and multilateralism. 
    1. Dr. Hylke Dijkstra (Maastricht) 
    2. Dr. Jappe Eckhardt (York)
  • European democracies in crisis: voices, actions and reactions from below. 
    1. Dr. Kai Heidemann (Maastricht)
    2. Dr. Tom O'Brien & Dr. Alejandro Pena & Dr. Sara de Jong (York)
  • The impact of Brexit on the governance and operation of EU agencies. 
    1. Dr. Annalisa Volpato (Maastricht) 
    2. Dr. Kathryn Wright (York)
  • Independent fiscal institutions in EU member states five years after the fiscal compact. 
    1. Dr. Diane Fromage (Maastricht) 
    2. Dr. Michal Horvath (York)
  • Ten years of the EU Eastern Partnership: democracy promotion, economic governance and geopolitics. 
    1. Dr. Giselle Bosse (Maastricht) 
    2. Dr. Simona Davidescu (York)

Global South

Bringing together Maastricht’s and York’s centres of excellence in global development that will investigate development transformations in the context of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and their challenge of ‘Leaving No One Behind’.

Approved projects

  • Investigating development transformations in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals and the challenge of ‘Leaving No One Behind'. 
    1. Professor Valentina Mazzucato (Maastricht)
    2. Professor Jean Grugel (York)
  • Work to discuss and develop problem-based learning exercises in the teaching of global challenges in culturally diverse classrooms to coincide with the launch of York’s BA in Global Development and Maastricht’s BA in Global Studies in 2020/21.
    1. Dr. Lutz Krebs (Maastricht)
    2. Professor Henrice Altink (York) 

Health & Nutrition

Covering a broad range of research areas including agri-tech, child wellbeing, health sciences, nutrition and health economics.

  • Imaging

  • Data Science

  • Future of Europe

  • Global South

  • Health & Nutrition