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  • Call for (pre-)proposals

    FLOW+ Real-time flow and composition measurement

    Deadline pre-proposals: 8 December 2015 14:00 CET Deadline full proposals: 15 March 2016 14:00 CET

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    Table of contents FLOW+ programme description.. 3

    Background 3

    Introduction and industrial relevance. 3

    Focus, objectives and applications 4

    Major research areas... 5

    Scientific challenges. 5

    Fit of research proposals into the programme. 6

    Unique character of the programme.. 6

    Duration and budget. 7

    Who can apply? ... 7 Proposal and selection 7

    Involvement in multiple projects. 7

    Partnership agreement 7

    Sounding board and matchmaking 7

    Timeframe.. 8

    Contact information.. 8

    Assessment and selection procedure. 9

    Pre-proposals 9

    Check of the pre-proposals by STW. 9

    Selection of pre-proposals.. 9

    Full proposals 9

    Check of the full proposals by STW.. 9

    Pre-selection of full proposals 9

    Peer review 9

    Reply (rebuttal) by the applicants.. 10

    Assessment committee 10

    Quality requirement.. 10

    NWO Code of Conduct on Conflicts of Interest... 10

    After award.. 11

    After awarding... 11

    Start and starting date of the project. 11

    User committee. 11

    Programme committee 11

    Contribution to the FLOW+ programme... 12

    Continuation of projects... 12

    Termination and termination date.. 12

    Discontinuation. 12

    Drawing up and submitting the pre-proposal. 12

    Format 13

    Drawing up and submitting the full proposal.. 13

    ISAAC 13

    Format 14

    Who can apply? . 14

    Main and co-applicants 14

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    Who can act as main and co-applicants? 14 Main and co-applicants with a part-time appointment 15

    Who cannot apply? (Applies to main and co-applicants) .. 15

    Guidelines for applicants... 15

    Project-specific costs... 15

    1. Notes on costs of personnel temporarily appointed to the project at the research institute.. 16

    Notes on temporary personnel positions 16

    Notes on permanent staff.. 16

    2. Notes on costs of materials and domestic travel... 17

    Notes on material credit.17

    3. Notes on costs of foreign travel 18

    Notes on short travel abroad 18

    Notes on exchange visits.. 18

    4. Notes on costs of investments. 18

    Notes on investments 18

    Notes on Users, co-funding and letter of support. 19

    Users.. 19

    Co-funding. 19

    Notes on criteria relating to co-funding... 19

    Notes on criteria relating to in-kind co-funding.. 20

    NOT permissable as the co-funding 20

    Letter of support 21

    Notes relating to the application form..... 22

    1. Details application.. 22

    2. Summaries.. 22

    3. Current composition of the research group 22

    4. Scientific description.. 23

    5. Fit within the research topics of the programme23

    6. Utilisation plan. 23

    7. Intellectual property 24

    8. Positioning of the project proposal.. 24

    9. Financial planning.. 25

    10. References.. 26

    11. Abbreviations and acronyms 26

    Declaration and signing by the applicant.. 26

    Finally. 26

    Appendix 1: Evaluation items... 27

    Appendix 2: Evaluation scales. 28

    Appendix 3: Notes for the completion of an FP form 31

    Appendix 4: Specimen form Declaration and signing by the applicant 32

    Appendix 5: Partnership project agreement template.. 34

    Appendix 6: Further information...... 43

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    FLOW+ programme description Background

    STW Partnership programmes foster collaboration between academic and industrial researchers. Technology Foundation STW, the Dutch funding organisation for the engineering and application-oriented sciences, is proud to announce that it has found a partner in the companies Bronkhorst High-Tech and KROHNE Altometer. We invite academic researchers to submit pre-proposals for research projects that may give answers to the scientific and technological challenges described in this call. STWs mission is to realise knowledge transfer between technical sciences and users. STW does so: by bringing scientific researchers and potential users together; by funding excellent research in the technical and applied sciences. Bronkhorst High-Tech develops, manufactures and markets high quality mass flow and pressure meters and controllers for gas and (low flow) liquid applications across various industries. It has customers in more than 70 countries spread across all the continents in the world. KROHNE is a world-leading manufacturer and supplier of solutions in industrial process instrumentation. They offer supporting products and services for industries as widespread as oil & gas, water & wastewater, chemical & petrochemical, food & beverage, power, minerals & mining and marine. Introduction and industrial relevance

    There are many different devices for the handling of small and extremely small flow rates of both gases and liquids, such as flow sensors, pumps, valves and mixers. Although individual devices have their own specific functionality, they have not been designed from the system point of view. In a well-designed microfluidic handling system, it should be possible to easily integrate different functionalities, such as flow measurement, control, dosage and analysis, into a single compact system. The technical perspective of both KROHNE and Bronkhorst is flow analysis and diagnostics. Both companies see that besides measuring flow, there is a need for measuring physical properties such as the density. KROHNE is working on multiple devices, such as a mass spectrometer, a flame ionisation detector, and an oil composition detector. KROHNE has a strong base in the oil and gas industry, and they want to further strengthen this by offering a new generation of flow analysis meters. Bronkhorst is working on multiparameter flow measurement systems and Wobbe index meters for flow analysis, and Coriolis flow meters and control valves for accurate dosage systems. Microsystem technology (MST or MEMS) is used in the manufacturing of devices and systems to enable acceptable size, functionality and cost in a large field of applications. A complicating factor in the use of MEMS is that the technology and cleanroom process used for different components, for example a flow sensor and a control valve, are not always compatible. Furthermore, the current functionality of a component or (sub)system is usually limited to one parameter, for example measurement of the flow rate.

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    Focus, objectives and applications

    Focus If a wider range of applications is to be opened up then the microfluidic handling system needs to provide a multiple functionality, for example in addition to the flow rate measuring the density, viscosity, heat capacity, thermal conductivity, energy content and composition of the medium flowing through the system. Besides the functional properties that the system should have, it also needs mechanical, fluidic and electrical connections with the outside world. Furthermore, during the design phase of a new microfluidic handling system, it should be determined in advance if all of necessary components and subsystems are feasible and compatible with the technology and will fit into the system. Examples of this "FLOW+" approach are e.g.:

    multiphase measurements, e.g. CO2 concentration in water; natural gas in oil; oil in brine saline concentration, salinity measurements electrical conductivity dielectric constant chemical parameters, e.g. pH velocity of sound relaxation composition measurement of drug mixtures surface acoustic waves physical properties such as density, viscosity, heat capacity and thermal conductivity energy content (e.g. Wobbe index) of fuel gases such as natural gas, biogas, LNG

    Objectives We want to achieve the following objectives, by means of providing the following deliverables: (1) generate new knowledge of manufacturing and measurement technologies in the field of flow and composition measurement; (2) develop new methods, tools (a toolbox) and calibration means for determining both the flow rate and its composition with a low uncertainty; the technologies in which the tools and toolbox are realised are preferably compatible with the surface channel technology; (3) realise demonstrators (TRL6 (technology readiness level)) of devices and systems with which both flow rate and composition can be determined in several fields of application, as mentioned below.

    Applications The above-mentioned deliverables could be used in the following applications:

    health: improving infusion pumps and systems for intravenous therapy food: improving food emulsification processes chemistry: high throughput experimentation oil: enhanced oil recovery, well and reservoir optimisation; prohibit salt crystallisation gas: measure the composition and energy content of fuel gases, for example natural gas,

    biogas, LNG semiconductor: etching of electronics

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    water: measure groundwater pollution by measuring O2 and CO2 concentrations, which are a measure for bacteria activity, which is a measure for the pollution; energy harvesting

    Major research areas

    A lot of research on microfluidics has been performed since the 1980s. As one of the founding fathers of the field, Andreas Manz pointed out during the recent MFHS2014 conference in Freibur