The International Centre for Frugal Innovation was founded in 2013 as one of the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus strategic alliance. Through innovative and outstanding teaching and research, our centre seeks to contribute towards understanding  and solving the major and complex social issues of our time by connecting science and society focused on frugal innovation. 

Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Collaboration

The three top-ranking Dutch universities enjoy excellent international reputations in research as well as in education. Their quality, complementarity and physical closeness offer unique opportunities for intensive structural collaboration. Read more about the latest developments of the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus collaboration on the LDE website.


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Strategic Alliance 

The collaboration between Leiden University, TU Delft, and Erasmus University Rotterdam is in the form of a strategic alliance. This means that the three universities collaborate on the basis of a shared vision and shared objectives in specific areas.  The agreements governing the alliance are contained in a set of joint regulations.


Steering Committee

The Executive Boards of the three universities form the steering committee for the strategic alliance. The presidency rotates between the presidents of the three Executive Boards. The steering committee’s role includes inspiring, coordinating and facilitating collaboration in the areas of education, research and valorisation. The Leiden-Delft-Erasmus project manager coordinates the partnership between the universities and acts as the secretary of the steering group. 

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