Tilburg University invests in Digital Sciences for Society: first € 240,000 awarded to 14 Growth Projects
Tilburg University has awarded funding to 14 research projects for their potential to help society move forward by applying, reflecting on, or further developing digital sciences. By awarding this funding, the Digital Sciences for Society program encourages research with impact. And through the program, the university also aims to strengthen its unique expertise on the interface of digital sciences, social sciences, and humanities.
Each one of the projects that have been awarded funding is multidisciplinary: several Schools are involved as well as at least one external partner. Lots have been drawn to allocate the available funds to the selected projects.
Academic lead Boudewijn Haverkort: “I am thrilled by the proposals, not only because of their number, but also and especially because of the collaboration between researchers from various Schools they generate and the energy that has gone into preparing them. A huge diversity of socially relevant topics has been targeted and many external partners have been engaged. We have opted for allocating funds by lot, because it is not subjective and does not make a value judgement, which consequently does not adversely intensify competition. It also reduces the burden of reviewing the proposals. The 27 selected projects have been vetted by the Vice-Deans for Research to ensure they meet certain quality and al requirements.”
In the Digital Sciences for Society program, the funded projects are termed Growth Projects. These are small-scale projects (budgeted at EUR 15,000-40,000) that offer an opportunity to researchers to develop partnerships and to explore ways of using digital sciences to contribute to socially relevant research. In early July, funding will also be awarded to so-termed Icon Projects. These projects run for three to five years and are undertaken by large consortia of Schools and external partners. Each one of such projects is budgeted at around EUR 1 million max.
The Digital Sciences for Society program has three focus areas: research with impact, education, and organizing collaboration. Through this program, the university invests more than EUR 7 million in initiatives that contribute to expanding knowledge about digital sciences among lecturers and students, developing digital sciences as a scientific area, and using digital sciences for innovations that benefit society. There will also be room for critical and ethical reflection on the potential downside of digital technology.
We congratulate the following research teams on having been awarded funding:
|Tackling the impersonality of algorithmic management: community-building strategies and social well-being on online labor platforms
Collaborative partners: Nederlandse Stichting voor Psychotechniek (NSvP), European Trade Union Institute (ETUI), Nederlandse Organisatie voor Toegepast Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek (TNO), Mijke Houwerzijl (TLS)
|An Interdisciplinary Analysis of gender-based discrimination in Translation Technology
Collaborative partners: Google, Transgender Netwerk Nederland (TNN)
|Digital Dignity Initiative
Collaborative partner: the association of Dutch foodbanks
|Virtual Virtuosity: Building Character Through Practical Wisdom in a Digital World
Collaborative partners: various religious communities, Tilburg Center of the Learning Sciences (TiCeLS), FSC, Franciscan Capuchin Collection (Tilburg University Library), st. Verhalis
|Mobile Cognitive Assessment for all Ages – Development of the Cognition App CogniA
Collaborative partner: Sanquin
Collaborative partner: Media Wegwijs
|ChatGPT and Beyond: A new way to technological innovation
Collaborative partners: Ksenia Podoynitsyna (TU/e), Datacation
|NAIL: Nail based Artificial Intelligence image Learning for measuring iron status
Collaborative partner: Sanquin
|Mobiele eye-tracking technologie voor onderzoek naar dagelijkse sociale interacties: Met toepassingen in ouder-kind en arts-patiënt interacties
Collaborative partner: ETZ hospital
|Pint = Pitch and Intensity Test
Collaborative partners: Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Department of Educational Sciences), Fontys Academy of Music and Performing Arts
|Artificial Intelligence Technology Implementation into the Daily Workflow in Care Organizations: The Role of Human Resource Management
Collaborative partners: Jeroen Bosch hospital (JBZ), Fontys Paramedische Hogeschool
|Employees usage of ChatGPT at work: A job crafting perspective
Collaborative partner: Vattenfall
Collaborative partners: MindLabs, Veilig Verkeer Nederland (VVN)
|Smell-e Technology: Validating immersive multisensory VR food environments to study food choice
Collaborative partners: CyNexo, Wageningen University & Research
Keep an eye out for project details and updates on the Digital Sciences for Society website.
Get ready for the digital future
The Digital Sciences for Society program invests in impactful research, education and collaboration aimed at seizing the opportunities and dealing with the challenges of digitalization for science and society.