Young eScientist Award 2017

Young eScientist Award 2017

This call is closed for 2017

Are you a young and ambitious researcher? Are you trying to solve challenging research questions in your domain? And are you using data-driven or compute-intensive methods? Then you might be the Young eScientist 2017!

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

The Netherlands eScience Center awards €50,000 worth of expertise to a novel eScience idea. Together with the eScience Center’s experts you will formulate your idea into a full project proposal. Submit your idea before 1st September 2017!

The grand societal challenges of the coming years, such as climate change, increased population size, resource scarcity and urbanization will require innovative scientific and technological interventions. Researchers are more and more required to rapidly develop ICT skills necessary to answer their ambitious research questions.

The prospect of developing the skills needed to engage increasingly diverse and complex digital technologies is daunting. The Netherlands eScience Center works together with discipline focused scientists to ensure that state-of-the-art computing and data-science is developed and applied in fields such as the Humanities & Social Sciences, Environment & Sustainability, Life Sciences & eHealth, and Physics & Beyond.

The prize will be awarded at the National eScience Symposium 2017 in the Amsterdam ArenA on 12th October 2017.


  • 40K euro in kind provision of eScience Research Engineer support to undertake project
  • 10K euro personal sponsorship for travel or consumables


The prize will be awarded to a young scientist based on a combination of:

  • demonstrated previous success in the development or application of data-driven or compute-intensive research within a scientific domain or multiple domains (50%)
  • the quality of a new project idea (50%)

Profile of Recipient

  • Currently and for the duration of the project employed by a Dutch university or research institute which is affiliated with NWO or KNAW (eScience Center employees are excluded)
  • Current PhD student or researcher who received theirPhD less than 3 years ago (based on day of award presentation)
  • Demonstrated excellence in the development or use of digital technology or data science within a research domain (incl. Environment & Sustainability, Life Sciences & eHealth, Humanities & Social Sciences or Physics & Beyond)

Project Idea

Candidates will submit an idea for a project (not the full proposal) to be judged by the award committee. The successful candidate will work with the eScience Center’s staff to formulate a full proposal. If data is required for the project idea, the data should be available at the start of the project. The full proposal will be formulated between the National eScience Symposium 2017 (12th October 2017) and 1st December 2017.

Submitting Proposals

Submission only requires potential applicants to complete the short online procedure before 1st September 2017.

Submit here

General terms and conditions of the eScience Center’s projects can be found here (Dutch). The eScience Center’s policy towards publishing, licensing and intellectual property can be found here.

Header image: Map of scientific collaboration between researchers by Olivier H. Beauchesne


Director of Technology Prof. Rob van Nieuwpoort

Rob is responsible for eScience Technology development in all projects, project leader of our eScience technology platform, and manager of the eScience engineers.

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