TU Delft Space Institute Seed Grants

The Board of the Delft Space Institute is happy to announce that these 4 projects have been awarded the DSI Seed Grant 2022

  1. GPU-accelerated Memory-constrained Background Subtraction for Terabyte-sized METIS ELT Imaging Time Series
    Roger Moens, 3ME faculty
    Progress Project
  2. Hundred colors of galaxies validating ultra-wideband sub-mm spectroscopy
    Matus Rybak, EEMCS faculty
    Progress Project
  3. Space Taper: A Spatially Tapered Phased Array Antenna for Future Space Communications
    Nehir Berk Onat, EEMCS faculty
    Progress Project
  4. Free Space Optical Communications Testbed
    Joshua Spaander, AE faculty
    Progress Project


The aim of the ‘TU Delft Space Institute Seed Grants 2021′ is to encourage TU Delft employed PhD’s Postdoc’s to initiate novel, innovative ideas on research, education, facilities and & (data) infrastructure or fast-track innovations that are aligned with the four main objectives of the TU Delft Space Institute:

  1. Stimulate and jointly develop and conduct ground-breaking research on Space;
  2. Jointly demonstrate innovative systems in Space and realize valorization opportunities with Space and non-Space partners;
  3. Increase the visibility and impact of Space expertise and activities at Delft University of Technology as a whole;
  4. Stimulate and further develop education on Space; and in doing so to develop and strengthen the young scientific research capacity of TU Delft.

DSI Seed Grants are meant to support the researcher in a specific space-related project and elaborate on surprising new, out-of-the box ideas: think of new combinations of disciplines part of the TU Delft Space Institute, new approaches to the problems faced by the three TU Delft Space Institute Themes (Space Robotics, Sensing from Space, Distributed Space Systems), new ways to educate a community to space, to generate new insights related to one (or more) TU Delft Space Institute objectives.

This call provides the opportunity to obtain a seed grant and it opens on November 1st 2021. The grants are offered with a maximum of 20,000 € available per project, with a maximum project timeline until December 2022. The funding is intended to support Space related projects of early career researchers with seed funding such as for prototypes, demonstrators, pilot course modules, online courses or use case analysis. Proposals using an interdisciplinary approach are especially encouraged, as well as proposals that link research of more than one faculty, participating in the TU Delft Space Institute.

 Who can apply?

If you are PhD or Postdoc with an appointment at TU Delft at one of the five participating faculties of the TU Delft Space Institute you are invited to apply for this DSI Seed Grant.

To apply for a grant, you need to return the completed proposal form on the DSI  website before the deadline of February 15 2022 along with a support letter from an academic staff member (UD/UHD/HGL) of TU Delft. Proposals and support letter must be submitted to spaceinstitute@tudelft.nl.

How is the Selection made?

The Board of the TU Delft Space Institute will decide on winning proposals. The decision of the Board will be final and binding in all respects. Criteria for the decision will be:

  1. Impact for TU Delft Space Institute
  2. Scientific Quality
  3. Feasibility

The criteria are of equal weight. The decision of the Board will communicated in writing within 4 weeks of the closing date.

Information sharing within the Community of the TU Delft Space Institute

In October 2022, there will be a workshop organized by the TU Delft Space Institute, where the current status is presented in all selected grants. Invitations to the workshop will be sent to all staff members of TU Delft associated with the Institute.

A final report, summarizing the grant activities and achievements, of no more than 4 pages (not counting for cover pages and appendices), shall be provided latest at the end date of the project to spaceinstitute@tudelft.nl.


  • 11.2021: call opening
  • 15.02.2022: call closing
  • 03.2022: publication of winning projects and formal letters
  • No later than 01.04.2022: start of the projects
  • 12.2022: end of projects