Earlier news items



Senior Grant Advisor Anna Groeninx retires

(December 21)

Luris Senior Grant Advisor Anna Groeninx is retiring this month. Anna is known throughout Leiden University as thé expert on European subsidies and her career in knowledge exchange spans more than three decades. To show our appreciation for her total commitment in supporting researchers obtaining grants and lobbying efforts, we organized the symposium 'Influencing H2020 and the next framework programme’ and a farewell reception for her on December 15th. Read an interview with Anna about her career here (in Dutch).


Early detection of hearing damage with on-line test

(October 25)

LUMC has, in collaboration with Amsterdam Medical Centre and Nationale Hoorstichting, developed an online test that can detect early stage hearing damage or loss. The test, that takes only five minutes and can be taken on a tablet or smartphone, is designed for people who work in a noisy environment.

The test has been developed by LUMC clinical physicist in audiology Jan de Laat. “We think it is important that our knowledge and innovative technology finds its way to society, and we gladly contribute to the prevention of hearing damage. That’s why we have worked together with Nationale Hoorstichting.” The test will be put on the market as ‘HearOn’.

Read the LUMC press release here (in Dutch).

October 31: Read the Hearon blog 'van stichting naar start-up' here.


Luris change of address

As of August 22, Luris has relocated to a new location in Leiden's city centre.

Our new address:


Langegracht 70 (HUBspot)

2312 NV Leiden, The Netherlands

New phone number: +31-(0)71- 527 2558

E-mail: luris@luris.nl


New: Luris 'H2020 Academy', a series of information meetings and events about EU Horizon 2020

Getting your research funded can be a struggle and writing proposals takes time and effort. The Luris Grant Development Team is aware of this: they spend 100% of their time helping researchers from Leiden University to get funded.

The Luris Grant Development team is organising 'H2020 Academy', a series of information meetings and events about Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. Sign up for the H2020 Academy webinars and information meetings and take advantage of the team's experience and that of other experts in the university (successful candidates and evaluators) for the preparation of your proposal or other research support activity.

Check out the events here, or on the Leiden University website.


Lift-off for UNIIQ

(June 20)

Luris' Tim de Jong is investment manager for the new proof-of-concept fund for entrepreneurs in the South Holland region.

During the InnovationQuarter Annual Event, Startup Ambassador Neelie Kroes launched UNIIQ, which is a new investment fund in the South Holland region for the proof-of-concept phase of new technologies. UNIIQ is an initiative of Erasmus MC, Technical University Delft (TU Delft), Leiden University and the regional development agency InnovationQuarter. The fund assists entrepreneurs in South Holland to bring innovations faster to market. Luris' entrepreneurship advisor Tim de Jong is appointed as Leiden investment manager of the fund

Technology does not necessarily mean a business

The new fund amounts to € 22 million, and is available for entrepreneurs who want to bring promising new technologies to market. This is a difficult and risky phase. Technology can indeed be promising, but does not necessarily deliver business opportunities. UNIIQ helps entrepreneurs to create a business out of their innovation.

Read more about the launch of Uniiq.


LUMC enters into research collaboration with Bellicum Pharmaceuticals for development of immunotherapies for cancer treatment

(June 8)

LUMC has signed a research collaboration agreement with American pharmaceutical company Bellicum. Over the next three years, LUMC will receive €2,5 million to develop immunotherapies for cancer treatment, with an initial focus on ovarian cancer. This new deal with Bellicum builds on an existing license and research agreement that was negotiated last year.

Read more.


New hay fever and pollen calendar available on LUMC website

(May 26)

LUMC’s departments of Pulmonology and the Quality Institute have signed an agreement with MeteoConsult about the new hay fever and pollen calendar they have developed. The six day calendar is available on the LUMC website: http://www.lumc.nl/hooikoortsverwachting

The new calendar has been developed during the past two years, by collecting symptoms of hay fever patients on a daily basis and combining these with the weather maps of MeteoConsult.

Read more.


Awards handed out for pitches at the Science meets Business Plan Competition

(May 3)

Buxenus wins the Science meets Business Plan Competition 2016. Their presentation on the ‘lab in a box’-idea convinced the judges to grant them the €2000,- prize money. Buxenus will develop a small modular bioscientific laboratory with instrumentation that is tailored to automation and convenience.

Entrepreneurship Advisor Tim de Jong handed Niall Hodgins from NADES Solutions the Luris Audience award. NADES Solutions is a collaborative R&D company specialising in tailor making high performance natural solvents for pharmaceutical clients.

Read more.


Collaboration with Canadian partner to market regenerative therapies

(April 25) 

Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) is continuously researching how the body heals itself. At the moment it is difficult to apply the scientific knowledge in new treatments so patients can profit from it. That is why LUMC’s professor Wim Fibbe (regenerative medicine), Paul Bilars (finances) and knowledge broker Mike Shaw from Luris have signed an agreement with the Canadian Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine (CCRM), who has already set up a business model in Canada for this purpose.

So called cellular therapies and tissue engineering are thought to be the future of medical science. Where traditional medicine fails, new models are necessary. For example, how do we teach the body to generate new blood vessels? Or, how can the body use its own cells to suppress unwanted immune responses in case of, for instance, a kidney transplant? If that succeeds the patients could stop taking immunosuppressive medication. “With cellular therapies we try to enhance and imitate the natural repair processes of the body,” Professor Fibbe of the department of Immunohematology and Blood Transfusion explains.

Read more.


Luris to move into HUBspot building

This year Luris will move into the HUBspot building on Langegracht 70. This is mentioned in a Leiden University news item.The new centre for innovation and entrepreneurship will be a regional nerve centre that offers support and a strong network for promising entrepreneurs. "Lugus, the  pre-incubator for Leiden students who are toying with an idea for a business, will also be housed in the building. With these moves, the valorisation functions will be concentrated in one spot, so as to promote greater synergy between the different groups."

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HUBspot chosen as name for the Leiden centre for innovation and entrepreneurship

The Leiden centre for innovation and entrepreneurship is called HUBspot, That is the winning entry of the competition 'Name the centre' that was set up by the initiators of the centre, Leiden University, City of Leiden and Leiden University of Applied Sciences. The name was sent in by Renée Schmidt, who has won six months of free office space in HUBspot. Besides a new name, the centre also has a new director: Raffi Balder. She is the successor of Arnoud Jullens. Read more about HUBspot and Raffi Balder here.


Join the competition and win: ‘Name the centre’!

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Many thanks to all of you who participated in the competition and submitted a name for the new Leiden centre for innovation and entrepreneurship. The winning entry will be announced in the coming weeks. <--

(February 17)

The heart of the city of Leiden is about to get a big extra impulse with the opening of a centre for innovation and entrepreneurship that is currently being set up. It will be the place for business, academia, students and start-ups to get together, get inspired and share visions and ambitions. The centre will also host organisations that help the visitors get the most out of their collaborations. A place to meet, to learn and a place to do.

Get involved with the centre head-on: come up with a great name for it! The winning entry will be rewarded with a free workspace in the centre for six months.

More information about the new Leiden centre for innovation and entrepreneurship.

Luris director Ivo de Nooijer calls on students, entrepreneurs, academics, teachers and all others who want to make a difference to get involved with the new Leiden centre for innovation and entrepreneurship.


Luris presents: walk-in consultation sessions at the Science Faculty

(January 28)

Contacting the University knowledge exchange office Luris has never been easier: Luris is organising walk-in consultation sessions twice a week in room HB112B at the Science Faculty.

The sessions are meant for all researchers and all research support staff. For example useful for those who:
- have questions about a research grant application they are preparing or writing,
- seek advice, or a discussion/sparring partner on how to fund new research projects,
- need partnering, funding or legal advice with respect to collaborating with (commercial) partners.

Session dates: every Thursday and Friday
Time: from 11.00 – 14.00 hrs
Location: HB112B (in  the main hallway of the Gorlaeus on the first floor)
Expert present: Jorrit Kelder/Anke Klerkx (Grant Development), or Art Bos/Frits Fallaux (Knowledge Partnering)
For whom: all researchers and  research support staff

There is no need to register. Feel free to simply stop by. The walk-in sessions complement the regular services that Luris offers. So if you are not able to come to a walk-in session you can always contact Luris directly via e-mail or telephone.




Luris' Stefan de Jong investigated how researchers develop knowledge with and for society. "Researchers often fail to recognize the contributions they and their fellows make."

(September 2)

Luris' Knowledge Broker Stefan de Jong investigated the way in which researchers create impact with their work and knowledge. An important conclusion: Many do not know what valorisation actually entails and therefore do not know how they can contribute to society.

The problem is not a lack of motivation on the researchers' side. De Jong assesses that there is an information gap between the researchers and the governmental vision on valorisation. “Personal motivation among researchers is high, but there is a lot of confusion about practical issues: what exactly needs to be done, how can we organise this and how can we evaluate the valorisation actions that have been taken?" He sees a big task for NWO, KNAW and university boards in helping researchers to create strategies about impact and outreach for academics.

De Jong conducted the research for his PhD dissertation at the Rathenau Institute. He will be defending his findings on September 10.

Read more on the Leiden University website. 

Together with Leonie van Drooge (Rathenau Institute), De Jong set up a website with practical information about the topic.


Team 'Piece of Skill' wins the Leiden University Deans' Challenge

(August 27)

The student team 'Piece of Skill' has been awarded first prize in the Leiden University Deans' Challenge. Their idea for an online platform with instructive and social challenges which will help students and alumni to prepare themselves for the changing job market, stole the show at the finale which was held on Thursday August 27.

The Deans' Challenge is a competition for students to come up with creative and innovative solutions for global challenges that the Leiden deans had formulated. The six challenges were based on the United Nations (UN) Millennium Goals, ambitions set by the UN member states in order to diminish poverty and social disadvantages in the world. The challenge that Piece of Skill had taken up was set by Professor Hannah Swaab, dean of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences: 'How to design 21st century skills in higher education?'.

Piece of Skill was one of six student teams who joined the Deans' Challenge. They have won a trip to New York. There they will attend the United Nations presentation of the Sustainable Development Goals 2015-2030, the follow-up to the Millennnium Goals.

It is the first time that Leiden University has organised the Deans' Challenge. The competition was set up by the Leiden University Center for Innovation and Luris, in co-operation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Read the Leiden University news article here.

Register now for your personal grant consultation hour with a Luris grant advisor

(August 17)

A recent Portuguese study showed that grant applicants that seek feedback are more likely to succeed. The Luris Grant Development team therefore offers consultation hours for personal grants. Book a consultation hour in the online calendar now.

The consultation hours offer one on one support by one of our advisors to a candidate applicant for a personal grant who is going to submit an application for the upcoming deadline. There are consultation hours for:
* Marie Curie incoming and global fellowships (deadline: 10 Sept 2015),
* Vidi (1 Oct 2015),
* ERC StG (17 Nov 2015),
* Veni (Jan 2016), and
* ERC CoG (2 Feb 2016).

For the Marie Curie fellowship and Veni application, the consultation hour is used to review a fully prepared application. For the Vidi and ERC grants the consultation hour serves as an intake, discussing your idea and cv, which can be followed up by feedback on the full proposal if appreciated.

Arnoud Jullens to be director of the new Leiden Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

(June 18)

Luris' Arnoud Jullens will be the director of the new Leiden Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (LCIE) as per September 1. The centre will be the hub where various regional activities with regard to education and entrepreneurship come together. One of the aims is to have the LCIE be a place of inspiration and interaction where people meet peers, investors and potential partners, so ideas can take shape and develop into successful innovations. Through its activities, the centre will strengthen the knowledge-based economy in the region.

Education and start-ups
Room is allocated for lecture halls so students, alumni and others who are specialising in starting a business can be offered courses and educational programmes. Entrepreneurs involved in start-ups can rent work space. Also, the centre will house several Leiden organisations  that are committed to promoting and developing innovation and entrepreneurship in the region, like student association Lugus and Leiden University knowledge exchange office Luris.

More details about the centre’s activities and location will follow as soon as Arnoud Jullens has finalised the project’s blueprint in a few months’ time. His preference is for the centre to be located in the city centre.

Jullens is currently Head of Entrepreneurship at the Royal Academy of Engineering in London. He will be Head of Entrepreneurship at Luris per September 1.

More information including an interview with Arnoud Jullens can be found in the Economie071 newsletter.


Luris' Jorrit Kelder invited as Guest Scholar at the Getty Research Institute

(June 16)

Senior Research Grant Adviser at Luris Jorrit Kelder has been invited to become Guest Scholar in a major research programme at the Getty Research Institute, exploring the relations between the Greek / Roman world and Egypt from the Bronze Age to Late Roman Times. 

Getty Scholar Grants are for established scholars, or writers who have attained distinction in their fields. Kelder has published extensively on the Mycenaean world, connections between Late Bronze Age Greece and the Ancient Near East, and on Egyptian Archaeology. Jorrit Kelder studied Archaeology and did his PhD in Amsterdam. He is also an associate at the Oriental Institute in Oxford. During his scholarschip Jorrit will reside at the Getty Villa.  

Trade and Diplomacy Between Greece and Egypt
Kelder's research project 'From Mycenae to Memphis: Late Bronze Age Trade and Diplomacy Between Greece and Egypt' focuses on the nature of Greek relations with Egypt during the Late Bronze Age (ca. 1600-1200 BC). This was a period of extraordinary intense contact, not only in the context of trade (in, e.g. metals such as copper or silver, or perfumed olive oil), but probably also as a result of diplomatic ties between the rulers of Mycenae –a citadel in the eastern Peloponnese- and the Pharaohs of Egypt. By combining contemporary (Egyptian and Mycenaean Greek) texts, and archaeological evidence, this project aims to explain why Mycenae and Egypt appear to have engaged in such intense contact, why these connections were severed in ca. 1200 BC and only revived centuries later.

More information about the programmes at Getty Research Institute

Read about Jorrit Kelder's research project on Academia.edu

Quotes from Jorrit Kelder in the Times


The Leiden University Deans' Challenge is live!

(May 13)

Leiden University challenges students to create global impact In a rapidly interconnected world, the challenges faced by anyone become the challenges faced by each of us. How can the collective brains of Leiden University contribute to making a better world? The deans of Leiden University challenge students to come up with fresh and novel ideas that contribute to the attainment of the Post 2015 Sustainable Development Goals.

Discover the challenges that the deans have conceived, join a team during the workshops and device a solution. Each dean will choose one winning team who will get the opportunity to present their idea to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The first prize will be a trip to New York to attend an event of the United Nations Summit on the post-2015 development agenda.

Join the competition
Anyone who's passionate about contributing to global challenges is welcome to join the Leiden University Deans' Challenge. Do you have a creative mind, an entrepreneurial spirit, and a vision to solve the most pressing issues of our time? Don't hesitate and join the competition. Find more information on www.leidendeanschallenge.nl or send an e-mail to info@deanschallenge.nl.

The Leiden University Deans’ Challenge is an initiative of Leiden University's Centre for Innovation and Luris, with support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


Luris to award the Luris Audience Award during the Science Meets Business Plan Competition  on May 21st

The Science meets Business Plan Competition is an event where start-up entrepreneurs can win up to €1000 with an excellent pitch of their business plan. Luris will give out the Luris Audience Award. This first ever science-based business pitch event is hosted by Leiden student entrepreneurs association LugusRead more.


Collaboration between Leiden University Medical Center and United Arab Emirates on new diabetes research centres

(May 29)

Leiden University Medical Center has agreed to collaborate with Royal Capital Healthcare from Dubai in order to improve diabetes care in the Gulf region. 

Read more (Dutch)