Are you an ambitious, early-career researcher? Do you need to apply complex digital technologies or research software to solve challenging research questions? Do you like collaborating, sharing your research solutions with your colleagues? Then you might be the Young eScientist 2020!

Win € 50,000 worth of expertise for your novel research idea!

Academic researchers increasingly require advanced skills to engage with diverse and complex digital technologies. Research software, in particular, has become an indispensable research instrument. The Netherlands eScience Center works together with researchers across all disciplines to help them address the digital challenges in their research. We make possible new research directions through our advanced expertise in developing and applying high-quality digital tools and methods.

The Netherlands eScience Center awards € 50,000 worth of expertise for a novel research idea requiring the development and use of state-of-the-art research software. The eScience Center’s experts will help the award winner to turn his/her research idea into a collaborative eScience project.


  • € 45,000 provision of hands-on support by one or more Research Software Engineers from the eScience Center to undertake the proposed project (the amount approximately equals an in-kind contribution of 0.5 person years);
  • € 5,000 personal sponsorship for travel or consumables.


The prize will be awarded to an early-career researcher based on a combination of

  1. A strong research profile that includes experience in carrying out research on the basis of digital tools and methods (1/3);
  2. The quality of the proposal (1/3);
  3. Open Science: the proposal’s potential of contributing to research beyond the envisaged project itself and a case for maximizing the reusability, reproducibility and sustainability of the project results (1/3).

Who can participate?

Eligible Young eScientist Award candidates must:

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

Project Idea

Candidates must submit an idea for a six-month research project to be judged by the award committee. The proposal must be accompanied by a signed letter of commitment from the candidate’s research institute supporting the plans to make project results sustainable.
Proposal Submission Submission requires candidates to complete the online application form below before 30 November 2020, 14:00 CET.

Application form


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