New Call for Proposals: Innovative eScience Technologies for ‘Big Science’ (eTEC-BIG)

25 Mar 2019 - 3 min


This call for proposals aims to support research and development of innovative eScience technologies and software associated with big data handling, big data analytics and related computational methods, driven by a direct demand from any research area that can be identified broadly by the term ‘Big Science’.

In the context of this call, ‘Big Science’ broadly indicates those scientific research directions 1) whose challenges in terms of complexity and 2) whose needs in terms of data analytics and data management capabilities, as well as processing power, far exceed that of other research endeavors today. Typically, technological developments in Big Science domains are expected to arrive in – and impact – other (non-Big Science) domains only years or even decades later.

Each project must focus on one of the following ‘Technological Research Directions’:

I. Scalable Machine Learning & AI
II. Processing of Streaming Data
III. Large-scale (Distributed) Data Organization, Management & Semantics

Projects awarded in this call for proposals typically will be led by either:

– a technology-oriented PI from the selected Big Science research area, or
– a domain-oriented PI from ICT Science (i.e. a technical discipline such as data science or computer science). In this case, it is required to include at least one co-applicant & team member from the selected Big Science research area.

When to apply?

The deadline for the submission of pre-proposals is Thursday 9 May 2019, 14:00 CET.
The deadline for submission of full proposals is Thursday 29 August 2019, 14:00 CET.

Information event

To further inform interested applicants of the specific aims of this call for proposals, the mission and approach of both the eScience Center and SURFsara, the role and expertise of the eScience Research Engineers and the SURFsara Technology & e-infrastructure Experts, the software technologies implemented and applied by the eScience Center and SURFsara, and the specific capabilities of the Dutch National e-Infrastructure, an information event will be organized at Amsterdam Science Park on April 9, 2019. Registration is required. Presence of at least one team member at the event is highly recommended, but not mandatory.


13:30 – 14:00 Arrival & Coffee
14:00 – 14:20 General introduction: eTEC-BIG Call for Proposals
14:20 – 14:50 Netherlands eScience Center & Core Technological Competences
14:50 – 15:20 SURFsara, Technological Expertise & SURF e-Infrastructure
15:20 – 15:30 Break
15:30 – 16:00 Examples of ongoing eScience & SURFsara projects
16:00 – 16:30 Remaining questions
16:30 Drinks


Dr. Frank Seinstra (NLeSC): of 020 – 460 4770
Dr. Axel Berg (SURFsara): of 020 – 800 1300
Dr. Barbara van der Sar (NWO): of 070 – 349 4602