We enable
materials innovation

...by connecting
specialists to the industry

...by defining research

...by capitalising on
development results

...by raising platforms to
identify new markets

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M2i is the enabler in materials innovation

Materials innovation institute (M2i) is a network organization specialized in materials research. Our core mission is to support both the industry and society in finding solutions for materials-related questions in product development and production processes. M2i connects industry, academia and research institutes across The Netherlands and Europe.

The importance of materials research

Materials form the basis of our environment. Since the dawn of humankind, new uses of materials have driven societal development. Materials innovation is important in fostering technological growth that promotes the wellbeing of society, and also in being able to meet the challenges of enhancing and protecting our environment.

How we work

As a network organization, we have excellent insight in materials-related activities in The Netherlands and Europe. We collect research questions from our industrial partners and connect them to the research partners with the right expertise.

M2i helps its partners in defining open innovation research programmes. A significant portion of our projects are organized in cooperation with NWO and industry. By sourcing the optimal type of Dutch or European funding we help to reduce industrial investment costs.

After approval of funding we coordinate the consortia, ensuring the results are relevant for industrial uptake, while offering researchers a platform for sharing their activities in cluster meetings and conferences. Read more about our cluster structure.


The latest news

University of Groningen rewards Prof. dr. Katja Loos with a fellowship

Prof. dr. Katja Loos was rewarded with a Fellowship of Innovation and Teaching (FIT) by the board of University of Groningen. Katja Loos receives the fellowship for her efforts in the High Tech Systems and

Olaf van der Sluis received Philips Award

Olaf van der Sluis received the Philips Research Outstanding Achievement Award 2017. The award rewards Philips employees who achieve exceptional results contributing to the business, while role modelling the Philips behaviours.

For more news visit our News page.

25 April 2018 – Workshop “Advanced Materials”, Hannover Messe
30 & 31 May 2018 – Technological Innovations in Metals Engineering, Haifa
10 & 11 December 2018 – M2i Conference and Meeting Materials, Noordwijkerhout