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Entrepreneurial Multidisciplinary scientists forging Pathways Onto clean Water, sustainable Energy and Resources

Project description

Training the next generation scientific entrepreneurs

Europe will prepare for the post-COVID era with fast, green and resilient development, ensuring growth that protects the continent's natural resources. This requires strong collaboration between academia, businesses and public agencies to provide necessary professional skills and knowledge. The EU-funded EMPOWER project will recruit and train 14 early-stage researchers in an integrated groundbreaking business-oriented doctoral programme that will guide them to achieve multidisciplinary expertise and entrepreneurship as well as personal development. The research programme will be based on the collaboration of the Wetsus multidisciplinary research institute with 3 universities, 14 companies and public authorities to guarantee a strong impact for European sustainable development based on green energy, resources and water management.


EMPOWER is an innovative entrepreneurial-based doctoral programme aiming to train scientific entrepreneurs with the skillset to operate between academia, companies, start-ups, public authorities and the general public. This professional figure will have high impact in a post-COVID future where the efforts of research are required to transform the European Union into a modern, green, inclusive and resilient economy, where growth is de-coupled from resource use.
EMPOWER will build-up on the experience of Wetsus, a multidisciplinary research institute where intersectoral cooperation between companies, universities and public authorities takes place. In EMPOWER the partners will be 3 universities and 14 companies.
EMPOWER will recruit 14 ESRs in one widely advertised call and a transparent 3-round selection procedure. ESRs are employed by the academic partners, according to the Collective Labour Agreement of the Dutch Universities, to earn their PhD degree together with an integrated business-oriented training.
Each ESR will shape her/his own project around the idea of achieving clean water and energy, resource recovery and smart water management.
Two supervisors (one from Wetsus and one from academia) and an industry mentor will constitute a multidisciplinary “knowledge triangle” to guide each ESR. Together with this, the training of each ESR will focus on research, multidisciplinary expertise, entrepreneurship and personal development.


Net EU contribution
€ 1 708 560,00
8911 MA Leeuwarden

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Noord-Nederland Friesland (NL) Noord-Friesland
Activity type
Research Organisations
Total cost
€ 3 417 120,00