Calls for proposals


The eScience Center receives an annual budget from NWO and SURF, the majority of which is provided to Dutch academics as subsidy in the form of cash and the in kind provision of eScience Research Engineers. The awarding of both cash and expertise makes the eScience Center unique, balancing the role of both funder and collaborator.

Any aspect of eScience and the utilization of e-infrastructure to address a scientific challenge are potentially fundable.

About our project funding

Collaborations between academic partners and the eScience Center will be based primarily on a long-term consistent programme of calls. All funded projects should address a pressing scientific problem and capable of delivering innovative reusable eScience to the nation’s e-infrastructure and beyond.

Our collaborative projects should have the potential to deliver scientific excellence in terms of scientific breakthroughs and in the realization of new eScience methodologies or integration of existing methodologies. We aim for high scientific standards and will contribute to scientific publications in high-impact scientific journals and conferences through collaboration with domain scientists and development of our core technologies.

Funded projects are supported to the value of €500K (combined cash and in kind provision of eScience Research Engineers) and result from annual peer-reviewed project calls.

Relevant documentation

Below you can find the Intellectual Property policy and ‘Bijzondere voorwaarden’ for Netherlands eScience Center projects

Annual Young eScientist Award

Each year we award an eScience prize to a young researcher seeking to develop or apply an eScience approach to his or her research. The proposal will be judged on the novelty of the idea, the candidate’s track record and the open-science character of the proposal.

Eligible candidates must be employed at a Dutch research performing organisation (university or research institute recognized by NWO or KNAW), and have received a PhD degree less than 6 years before the deadline of this call.

Do you want to read about previous Young eScientists of the Year? Click here for the winners from 2017, 2018 and 2019.

Who can apply for our open calls?

In most cases, any senior researcher employed at a Dutch university or NWO- / KNAW-institute may apply for eScience Center funding as main applicant or as co-applicant. Some exceptions may exist and we therefore refer you to the individual details of each call.

Collaborate with us

Would you like eScience Research Engineers with specific skills to collaborate with you on your research project? We are interested to hear from you. Get in touch with us if you want to know more or take a look at our where we focus.

Collaborations between academic partners and the eScience Center are primarily based on projects that address a pressing research problem and deliver innovative and reusable eScience tools and methodologies. Collaboration can be set up in three different ways:

1. Open calls for proposals

The majority of projects performed in collaboration with the eScience Center are based on a long-term consistent program of calls. Any senior researcher employed at a Dutch university or NWO/KNAW institute may apply for eScience Center funding as main applicant or as co-applicant. Some exceptions may apply, and we therefore refer to the details of each individual call.

View our latest funding opportunities above or email Dr. Frank Seinstra.

2. Partnering in project consortia / proposals

The eScience Center welcomes requests by research consortia and individual researchers to partner in project proposals in (inter)national funding programs (e.g. EU-H2020), provided that the eScience Center is eligible for funding. The eScience Center has ample experience in co-authoring project proposals, and already partners in a large number of projects granted by external funding bodies.

For more information, please email Prof. Rob van Nieuwpoort.

3. Direct collaboration

In case you already have funding available, and would like to tap into the advanced expertise of the eScience Center, it is possible to request a direct collaboration with us. The general aims of such a direct collaboration would be similar to all our other projects (i.e. address an urgent research problem and deliver reusable eScience), but we are very much interested to discuss with you how we can best achieve impact in your particular case.

Fore more information, please email Dr. Frank Seinstra.

Meet & Greet

What are the digital technological challenges in your research? And how can you work together with the Netherlands eScience Center in tackling these challenges? We are very happy to present some of our work that might be interesting for researchers at your institute. For more information, email Dr. Tom Bakker.

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