A number of KNAW research institutes, among which the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience, are embarking on three new collaboration projects. The three projects will be funded with 1.5 million euros from the KNAW research fund intended for collaborations between KNAW institutes.
ECOLOGICAL EPIGENETICS AND THE BRAIN
Three KNAW institutes, the Netherlands Institute for Ecology (NIOO), the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience and the Hubrecht Institute, will join forces to study the brain of mice, rats, and the parus major bird. Together with researchers from the other two institutes, the NIN groups of Chris de Zeeuw and Ingo Willuhn will use the animals´ DNA to investigate how brain and behavior have evolved in the course of time. They will do this by checking out changes in the epigenome, which is not the DNA-code sequence but the second structure of DNA, concerned with, among other things, the way in which the DNA is coiled within cells, and the presence or absence of methyl groups in the DNA.
The other projects will be focusing on historical documents (Huygens ING, IISG) and new antibiotics created from fungi (Hubrecht Institute, Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute).
RESEARCH FUND FOR KNAW INSTITUTES
The KNAW has expressed its intention to strengthen the ties between its research institutes in its Strategic Agenda 2016-2020: Science and Scholarship Connect.
The KNAW-Institutes Research Fund was set up for precisely this reason. Annually, 1.5 million euros is available for KNAW institutes that join forces for a research project. The first time the amount was granted was in 2016.
See the KNAW website for more information (in Dutch).