The Einstein Telescope project proposal meets the entry criteria of the Dutch National Growth Fund and has been submitted to the Advisory Committee. The Ministers of Economic Affairs and Climate Change (EZK) and Finance (FIN) confirmed this in a letter to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) on 14 February. This confirmation takes the Einstein Telescope one step further in the process
A total of 35 proposals will be presented to the Advisory Committee. This committee will assess all proposals and look at the quality of the plan, the strategic underpinning and how it contributes to sustainable earning capacity. The committee is expected to advise the Government in the spring of 2022. Ultimately, the Government decides which proposals to invest in, based on the committee’s advice.
The Einstein Telescope is a future underground observatory for measuring gravitational waves. The border region of South Limburg – the Euregio Meuse-Rhine – is one of the possible locations for this innovative observatory. Housing the Einstein Telescope could have a major positive impact on national and regional science, economy and society. A summary of the proposal is available on the website of the National Growth Fund (in Dutch).