Accelerating Scientific Discovery Call

Accelerating Scientific Discovery Call

This call is closed

We invite domain scientists working in the discipline areas of

  • Environment & Sustainability
  • Humanities & Social Sciences

to apply for funding.


The purpose of this Call for Proposals is to enable domain scientists to address compute-intensive and/or data-driven problems within their research.

The call aims to fund proposals that pursue new scientific domain challenges and that enhance and accelerate the process of scientific discovery within the field of application using eScience technologies. To achieve this, submitted proposals should be characterized by the usage, adaptation, and integration of eScience methods and tools, including software for optimized data handling, Big Data analytics, and efficient computing (the core technological competences of the eScience Center).

Projects awarded in this call typically will be led by PIs from domain science (application disciplines).

Available budget

The total available budget in this call is: k€ 660 in cash funding and 4.0 FTE in kind funding.

With a total of 4 projects to be awarded, a typical project will receive k€ 165 (for a 2-yr postdoc position and additional materials) and 1.0 FTE contribution from one or more eScience Research Engineers employed by the eScience Center and whose time is allocated to the project. On top of this, for each awarded project an additional 0.25 FTE in terms of eScience Research Engineer support will be made available to pursue sustainable and re-usable software solutions.

When to apply

The deadline for the submission of pre-proposals is 17 May 2018, 14:00 CEST.
The deadline for submission of full proposals is 30 August 2018 14:00 CEST.

Information event

To allow interested applicants to get acquainted with the eScience Center’s strategy and approach, the role of the eScience Research Engineers, the capabilities of the Dutch National e-Infrastructure, the software technologies implemented and applied by the eScience Center, and the aim of this call for proposals, an information event was organized at the eScience Center (Amsterdam, Science Park 140) on 10 April 2018. Presentations can be downloaded below.

Preliminary program

14:00 - 14:30 ASDI Call for Proposals and Netherlands eScience Center (download presentation)
14:30 - 15:00 Core technological competences & Research Software Directory (download presentation)


15:15 - 15:45 Experiences with projects by 2 eScience Research Engineers (download presentation 1) (download presentation 2)
15:45 - 16:15 SURF e-Infrastructure (download presentation)
16:15 - 16:30 Remaining questions and issues
16:30 Drinks



Full proposal

Submit your proposal

Please submit your proposal using NWO's electronic application system ISAAC:

Submit here

In case you experience problems submitting your proposal, please also send to

This call is processed by NWO for the Netherlands eScience Center. The eScience Center Board decides in granting and rejection, and all grants will be awarded by the eScience Center.


Director eScience Program Dr. Frank Seinstra

Frank supervises the development, implementation, and research of innovative eScience solutions in multidisciplinary research projects. He is a strong advocate of applying (and re-using) the latest results of state-of-the-art ICT research in large-scale compute- and data-intensive problems in various scientific research areas.

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