Open eScience Call 2022

Empowering researchers across all disciplines through advanced research software

This call for proposals supports state-of-the-art and innovative research that requires the development and application of advanced digital technologies and research software. Each submitted proposal should address an urgent methodological research challenge that can count on broader support from the research community in which the applicants are active. The call reflects the eScience Center’s strategy to advance the use of sustainable research software in academic research.

This call offers two types of projects: Early Career Projects and Spearhead Projects.

Early Career Projects are open exclusively for researchers at an early stage in their career;
Spearhead Projects are open for all researchers.

Applicants may submit a proposal in one of the following discipline areas:

  • Life Sciences, incl. biology, medical and health sciences, neuroscience;
  • Physical Sciences and Engineering, incl. agricultural sciences, astrophysics, chemistry, computer science, earth sciences, engineering, environmental sciences, mathematics, physics;
  • Social Sciences and Humanities, incl. anthropology, archaeology, communication studies, economics, education sciences, history, human geography, law, linguistics, literary studies, philosophy, political sciences, psychology, sociology.

Information Event

Does this call for proposals interest you? Find out more about the specific aims of the call for, as well as the role and expertise of the eScience Center in the video recording from our online information event on 29 March 2022 or download the presentation slides.

In-kind support from Research Software Engineers

Projects receive in-kind support. This means that a team of research software engineers (RSEs) from the
eScience Center will work together with the applicants to improve or build research software within the
context of a larger research community, and as integral members of a research team.

The total available in-kind budget for this call is approx. 31.0 PYR.

  • A total of 6 Early Career Projects may be awarded, with 1.0 PYR available per project. The maximum duration of an Early Career Project is 18 months.
  • A total of 10 Spearhead Projects may be awarded, with 2.5 PYR available per project. The maximum duration of a Spearhead Project is 36 months.

Each project must include one or more workshops. Workshops are focused,
participatory events with the aim of creating or fostering a community of researchers, including
(potential) users, around the digital technologies and research software produced within the project.
Workshop expenses will be paid for by the eScience Center (see the call text for details).

Procedure and deadline

Project Proposition

  • Applicants are required to submit a Project Proposition before they can submit a Full Proposal.
  • As part of the proposition, a Letter of Commitment must be submitted, signed by the dean or director of the institution at which the LA is employed, detailing the LA’s minimal investment in the project in FTE per year.
  • The closing date for the submission of Project Propositions is Thursday 12 May 2022, 14:00:00 CET.
  • Selection of proposals to proceed to the next round, and notification of applicants will happen in June 2022.

Full Proposal

  • As part of the full proposal, a Software Management Plan must be submitted, signed on behalf of an institute or other formal entity.
  • The closing date for the submission of Full Proposals is Thursday 1 September 2022, 14:00:00 CET.
  • Applicants will be informed of the final decision in December 2022.

Contact details

Programme Management Netherlands eScience Center
Tel.: +31 (0)20 460 4770

Other call opportunities

We are always open for opportunities to collaborate with our colleagues! Be sure to check out our other calls for proposals.