ODISSEI and the Netherlands eScience Center invite researchers whose main area of expertise is in the Social Sciences to submit a proposal in this call, and also those working at an ODISSEI member organization.

Purpose of this call 

This call for proposals supports researchers in the social sciences who expect to benefit from the application or development of digital technologies and research software, but who need additional expertise in applying these methods. 

A competitive proposal should:

  • address a challenging research problem in the social sciences;
  • make clear why digital technologies or improved research software is required to solve the stated research problem;
  • explain how the research software developed in the envisaged project strengthens, and connects to, other research performed in the ODISSEI community.

Applicants submitting a proposal must have appointment at an organization which is a member of ODISSEI. This call follows a lightweight assessment procedure without the possibility of appeal.


ODISSEI (Open Data Infrastructure for Social Science and Economic Innovations) is the national research infrastructure for the social sciences in the Netherlands. ODISSEI brings together researchers with the necessary data, expertise and resources to conduct ground-breaking research and embrace the computational turn in social enquiry.

Through ODISSEI, researchers have access to large-scale, longitudinal data collections as well as innovative and diverse new forms of data. These can be linked to administrative data at Statistics Netherlands (CBS). Combining data from a wide range of sources enables researchers to answer new, exciting, interdisciplinary research questions and to investigate existing questions in novel ways.

Who can apply

Proposals can be submitted by researchers with an appointment at an ODISSEI member organisation. A list of eligible institutions is available here. Note: Employees of the Netherlands eScience Center cannot apply.

Each proposal is to be formally submitted by a single named researcher (henceforth the ‘lead applicant’ or LA). The LA will act as primary contact for the eScience Center. 

The LA must furthermore:

  • be in possession of a PhD
  • hold a contract at the ODISSEI member organisation for at least the duration of the requested project

The activities of the lead applicant should be integral to the proposed work plan. The LA may submit only one proposal in that capacity in this call.

What can be applied for

A project may request an in-kind budget of 3 person months (PMs). The project duration will be between 3 and 6 months.

The method of working is collaborative. Research teams includes both applicants and RSEs. The RSEs will offer advice and support during the duration of the project to help achieve the desired results. This includes:

  • initial brainstorming on suitable technologies
  • advice on designing experiments and formulating research questions
  • technical implementation and testing
  • help with interpreting the results
  • contribution to the digital methodology component in a research paper.

Each project envisages the following deliverables (potentially after finishing the project):

  • publication of a research paper and
  • a blog post or white paper and
  • software or code release

Both RSEs and research team members should be available for the submission / review process of the research paper after completion of the project itself. Both RSEs and research team members should be mentioned as co-authors of each of the three deliverables.

When to apply

The deadline for submission of the project proposition is: 
Friday 30 July 2021, 14:00 CET

Information Event

On 10 June 2021 at 14:00 CET we will organize an information event to allow all interested applicants to get acquainted with the role and expertise of the eScience Center, learn about ODISSEI and their facilities, and of course, inform of the specific aims of this call for proposals. If you’re unable to attend this call or miss it, a replay will be made available on this page post-event.

The event agenda is as follows:

14:00 – 14:15 Introduction NLeSC (Joris van Eijnatten, CEO Netherlands eScience Center) 
14:15 – 14:30 Introduction eScience Center Expertise (Rob van Nieuwpoort, Director of Technology) 
14:30 – 14:45 Introduction ODISSEI (Tom Emery, Deputy Director ODISSEI)) 
14:45 – 14:50 Mentimeter survey
14:50 – 15:00 Break 
15:00 – 15:15 The joint ODISSEI-NLeSC call (Rena Bakhshi, eScience Coordinator)  
15:15 – 15:30 Example of an eScience Social science projects, i.e. FilterBubble and Corporate Networks (Dafne van Kuppevelt, eScience Research Engineer) 
15:30 – 16:00 Q&A Session 

To register for this event, please click here.

Contact details

If you have any questions regarding your project proposal, please send an email to ODISSEI or the eScience Center.


Downloads and full information will be available in mid-May 2021; to register your interest in receiving them please email here.


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