User Support Programme Space Research (GO)

User Support Programme Space Research (GO)

The Netherlands Space Office (NSO), the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and the eScience Center are inviting researchers working in the Netherlands aiming to use space infrastructure for the purpose of high quality scientific research to apply for funding.


The aim of the User Support Programme Space Research is to provide support to researchers working in the Netherlands during the (preparation for) use of infrastructure in space for the purpose of high quality scientific research. The programme is open to excellent research in the areas of earth observation and planetary research. Please see the call document (download below) for more information and how to apply.

Available budget

The User Support Programme Space Research is financed by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. For the period 2017-2019 a budget of 7.2 M€ is available for three calls. For this 2018 call a maximum budget of 2.4 M€ is available. Only applications that qualify as excellent or very good are eligible for funding. This could mean that the available budget for this call is not completely used.

When to apply

Deadline pre-proposals: 30 August 2018, 14:00 CEST

Deadline full proposals: 15 November 2018, 14:00 CET

Information event

To allow interested applicants to get acquainted with the aim and conditions of this call for proposals, an information event will be organised. At this meeting special attention will also be given to the possibility of applying for additional (in-kind) funding from the Netherlands eScience Center. Further information will be given on 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. The information event will take place at NSO (Prinses Beatrixlaan 2, 2595 AL, The Hague) on 20 June 2018. Registration is required via 


13.30 - 14.00 Arrival: coffee/tea
14.00 - 14.40 GO Call for Proposals 2018 (Jennifer Grant)
14.40 - 15.00 eScience Center core technological competences and Research Software Directory (Frank Seinstra)
15.00 - 15.30 Break
15.30 - 15.50 SURF e-Infrastructure (TBD)
15.50 - 16.20 Experiences with projects by an eScience Research Engineer (Romulo Pereira Gonçalves)
16.20 - 16.45 Remaining questions and issues
16.45 - 17.30 Drinks



Full proposal

Submit your proposal

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

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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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