Roelfsema Group

14.3 million euros for the development of brain implants

Professor Pieter Roelfsema receives a grant of €14.3 million from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) for the development of brain implants. It is one of the five projects that have been awarded funding from the NWO Crossover program. The NWO received a total of eighteen applications, ten of which were ultimately assessed with a detailed proposal.


The INTENSE (Innovative NeuroTEchNology for SociEty) project of the NeuroTech-NL consortium with Pieter Roelfsema as head will develop brain implants to improve the lives of people who are blind, deaf or paralyzed, or who have epilepsy. The research combines the greatly increased knowledge about our brains with new possibilities within neurotechnology. With this, the researchers want to come up with new solutions and activities.


The Crossover programme is new within NWO and is part of the NWO contribution to the Knowledge and Innovation Contract 2018-2019. With this contract, government, industry and knowledge institutions subscribe to the research ambitions for the top sectors with the aim of strengthening the Dutch knowledge and innovation system. Compared with “regular” public-private partnerships, the projects in the Crossover programme cover a broader range of top sectors and other research agendas.


Roelfsema Group

The Vision and Cognition group is led by Dr. Pieter Roelfsema, also director of the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience. Research of this group is directed at understanding cortical mechanisms of visual perception, memory and plasticity. One of our goals is to create a visual cortical prosthesis to restore vision in blind people.


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