Two new Path-Finding Projects

16 Dec 2015 - 3 min

The Netherlands eScience Center is pleased to announce the initiation of two new Path-Finding Projects. The projects are intended to provide the opportunity to rapidly meet short-term scientific challenges, serve as a pilot for future research projects, address immediate technological goals, or investigate the potential to initiate larger projects.

1. Fast Open Source Simulator of Low-Energy Scattering of Charged Particles in Matter
Dr. Cornelis Wouter Hagen
Delft University of Technology

We developed a fast Monte Carlo simulation program for the interaction of low-energetic charged particles with matter. There is great interest for this code, from industry and science. The code, however, is developed and optimized for our own special purpose, i.e. the simulation of electron images of lithographically defined lines in resist and the shot noise limited resolution of the lithography process. The code reliably predicts secondary electron yields, as compared to experimental values. To enable third parties to use the code we propose to transfer it to an open source platform, in use by a large community. 

2. Towards a Species-by-Species Approach to Global Biodiversity Modelling
Prof. dr. Mark Huijbregts
Radboud University Nijmegen

The current decline of global biodiversity brings about a pressing demand to quantify and understand human impacts on biodiversity. A major opportunity to improve quantitative biodiversity modelling lies in the increasing availability of large-scale, multi-species data sets and the ongoing advances in modelling techniques and software, which allow for a species-by-species approach to biodiversity modelling. So far, however, a species-by-species approach has mostly been restricted to relatively small areas or relatively few species, whereby biotic interactions are typically ignored. In this path-finding project, we aim to establish and test a procedure to account for biotic interactions in global species distribution models. 

About our project calls

NLeSC receives an annual budget from NWO and SURF, the majority of which is provided to Dutch academics as subsidy in the form of cash and the in kind provision of eScience Research Engineers.

Cash & expertise

The awarding of both cash and expertise makes NLeSC unique, balancing the role of both funder and collaborator.

Open Call for Path-Finding projects

The two projects result from the December Open Call for Path-Finding Projects.

Path-Finding Projects are supported to the value of €50K (via the in kind provision of eScience Research Engineers) and are available constantly with proposal evaluation undertaken three times a year. Current information can be found here.