Programmes are awarded funding in a highly competitive round. The proposals submitted are evaluated on the basis of oral presentations, recommendations from advisory committees and a strict evaluation by international experts. Based on these evaluations, FOM's Executive Board eventually awards the programmes for a predetermined number of years.
To facilitate the management of developments in Dutch physics, FOM's Executive Board has divided FOM's sphere of activities into seven subfields. The programmes carried out within a given subfield can be found in the menu on the left.
For further information about the yearly single round for programme applications, please see the section research grants.
Further information about the seven programmes awarded in 2016 can be found below.
- Scanning new horizons: emergent space-time, black holes and quantum information
- The mysterious size of the proton
- Physics beyond the Standard Model with cold molecules
- Strange metals
- Single-molecule protein sequencing
- Neurophotonics: the physics of signals in neural networks
- Skyrmions as information carriers
Further information about the five programmes awarded in 2014 can be found below.
- Beyond the Standard Model with the Higgs boson
- Two-dimensional semiconductor crystals
- Exciting interaction
- Magnon spintronics: conduction without moving electrons
- The fingerprint of the Big Bang and the quantum origin of structure
- Physical origins of randomness in a primitive brain
Further information about the five programmes awarded in 2013 can be found below.
- The search for quantum space-time
- From Rydberg atom to quantum bit
- Conducting interfaces in insulating oxides
- A closer look at how proteins cooperate
- Semiconductors with a honeycomb geometry
Further information about the five programmes awarded in 2012 can be found below.
- The hidden universe: what is the subatomic component of dark matter?
- Physics of DNA processes in a fully packed environment
- Quantum interference effects in single molecules
- Ultimate turbulence regime
- Controlling the mechanics of soft materials
Further information about the five programmes awarded in 2011 can be found below.
- Topological insulators
- Single gold nanorods in live cells
- Single phonon nanomechanics
- Barriers in the brain: the molecular physics of learning and memory
- Stirring of light!
Further information* about the six programmes awarded in 2010 can be found below.
- Quantum optics at a nanoscale – how does the interaction between photons and material in an extremely small volume take place?
- The singular physics of one-dimensional systems
- Broken mirrors & drifting constants - searching for new physics with accurate atomic clocks and ultrastable lasers
- The thylakoid membrane - a dynamic switch
- Protein aggregation at the nanoscale
- Fundamental look at friction
Further information* about the five programmes awarded in 2009 can be found below.
- Understanding proton transport in nano-water
- Mechanics reigns, also in the cell
- Stabilising fusion plasmas
- Measuring gravity waves
- Finding evidence for string theory
* In Dutch.