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What is Store for Science?

Store for Science offers businesses, in particular small and medium enterprises (SMEs), unique access to the know-how and infrastructure available from AMOLF, one of the Netherland’s leading research institutes. This online treasurehouse gives you the Open Sesame to a wide range of publications, expertise and research equipment that may just provide the key to the solution of the problems your business has been struggling with.

Store for Science

What is AMOLF?
AMOLF is one of the research institutes of the Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter (FOM), part of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).

AMOLF performs pioneering fundamental research in the fields of the Physics of Biomolecular Systems and Nanophotonics, two topics with a great potential for technological innovation. About 150 researchers work at AMOLF, spread over 16 research groups. The institute is situated in the Amsterdam Science Park.

AMOLF believes strongly in the importance of sharing knowledge with industry and society. Many of its research projects are carried out in cooperation with larger industrial players. Another form of knowledge transfer is realized by the steady flow of highly skilled researchers and technicians from AMOLF to industry. The institute is constantly on the look-out for new ways of sharing knowledge; Store for Science is the latest example of this.

The idea behind Store for Science
The ‘Store for Science’ concept grew out of the observation that most small and medium enterprises often cannot afford to finance a doctoral research project, which – at least in the Netherlands – is one of the main ways of bringing about cooperation between academic institutes and industry in the field of research. Store for Science has been developed with this need in mind. Its aim is to make scientific knowledge and equipment as accessible as possible to SME companies, to create contacts between entrepreneurs and scientists and thus to contribute to innovation in the business world.

  • Store for Science offers entrepreneurs easy access to all the knowledge and expertise available at AMOLF.
  • It gives a handy overview of all the research equipment at AMOLF that can be used to meet the needs of business clients.
  • It offers clients the possibility of a face-to-face meeting with scientists to discuss their research problems.

The target group
Store for Science is aimed at small and medium enterprises in the Netherlands and abroad.

How does Store for Science work?
Our online catalogue allows you to explore the wide range of expertise and facilities available at AMOLF, and the research fields we are interested in. The advanced search machine automatically delivers all catalogue content related to your search query.

Further informationIf you are interested in a particular product, or would like to make use of one of the facilities presented in the Store for Science, each page of the catalogue allows you to request further information without any obligation on your part. The Store Manager will deal with your query, and will let you know what is on offer and the conditions for use as soon as possible.

Breakthrough sessionsOne of the key features of Store for Science is the breakthrough session, in which you can discuss your problems with one of our dedicated scientists, selected by you, in search of an appropriate solution. Every page of the catalogue offers you the possibility of requesting such a breakthrough session. The Store Manager will get back to you as soon as possible to discuss terms and conditions in response to such a request.

Service at an agreed priceAll queries and requests directed to the Store for Science are handled by the Store Manager. In some cases, he will be able to answer your query directly. If it appears that there is a need for further research and/or use of our research facilities, you will receive an estimate for this which will always be discussed with you in advance. In most cases, it will be necessary to arrange a meeting with one of our researchers to iron out your precise research needs and to reach agreement on the costs involved.

How long does it take to respond to a query or request?You will get an e-mail from the Store Manager within a few days of receipt of your query or request. We will of course also let you know if Store for Science cannot meet your needs.

ConfidentialityBefore Store for Science gets to work on your behalf, agreements will be reached about the confidentiality of the data involved. If necessary, these will be laid down in a non-disclosure agreement (NDA).

The role of the Store ManagerThe Store Manager is responsible for routing your query to the right person, ensuring that clear agreements are reached about the action to be taken to meet your needs and monitoring compliance with these agreements.