analytical science banner

  • Home
  • Research
  • R & D Program

R & D Program

The COAST Research & Development program

Matthieu BesemerThe COAST R&D program’s overall objective is to advance research, development and technical innovation in analytical science for the benefit of its application areas and science as a whole. To maximize innovation in and valorization potential of analytical science and technology the program is designed to promote and accelerate the development of fundamentals from chemistry, physics, biology and engineering to application in a variety of economic areas. Thus, the R&D program should lead to breakthroughs in analytical science and technology that enable innovation and economic growth in multiple areas. In addition this approach aims to improve cross-fertilization of analytical methodologies among application areas.

Typical COAST R&D projects will be selected on their innovative combination of basic sciences, analytical technologies and their valorization potential in multiple application areas. Analytical technologies include spectroscopy, microscopy, analytical separation sciences (for example chromatography, electrophoresis), sensors and data handling plus chemometrics. The COAST R&D ambition is to achieve major breakthroughs in these technologies aiming at improving resolution (chemical, spatial and temporal), the analysis of intact systems (e.g., living cells) and miniaturization (bringing the lab to the sample).

First TA-COAST call



The first TA-COAST call closed on August 30, 2011. 
Nine proposals were granted in which 24 private partners, including 10 SMEs, and 17 academic groups work on improvements of resolving power, analysis of intact systems and miniaturization of analytical instrumentation. The TA-COAST1 program is financed by private partners from the Agrofood, Life science, Hightech systems, Water and Chemistry sectors, the ministry of Economic Affairs, NWO/ACTS-TASC and the participating universities. The total investment in these 9 projects amounts to more than 9 million Euros.

Second TA-COAST call

The second TA-COAST call focused on the analysis of macromolecules and nanoparticles and closed on May 14, 2013. In September 2013 two projects were granted in TA-COAST2a in which 9 private partners including 2 SMEs and 6 academic groups work on the ‘Analysis of (Bio)polymers and (Nano)particles’. The program is financed by private partners, and by the Topsector Chemistry via the NWO/TKI-New Chemical Innovations Fund.

Third TA-COAST call

The third call, PTA-COAST3, that was developed in the framework of the Fund New Chemical Innovations of NWO/Topsector Chemistry, closed on 8 July 2014.In February 2015 four projects were granted in PTA-COAST3 in which 13 private partners including 3 SMEs and 6 academic groups work on ‘Enabling analytical tools for new chemical (and other) innovations’.

Fourth TA-COAST call

The fourth call, PTA-COAST4, that was developed in the framework of the Fund New Chemical Innovations of NWO/Topsector Chemistry closed on 16 February 2016. In July 2016 two projects were granted in PTA-COAST4 in which 13 private partners including 3 SMEs and 6 academic groups work on ‘Enabling analytical tools for new chemical (and other) innovations’.

COAST R&D programmes, funds and subsidy schemes are continuously developed

Make sure you are logged in to read more.