Accelerating Scientific Discovery (ASDI)

Netherlands eScience Center (NLeSC) invites researchers working in the domains of Environment & Sustainability and Humanities & Social Sciences to apply for funding and support to address compute-intensive and/or data-driven problems within their research.


The purpose of this Call for Proposals is to enable domain scientists, working in the discipline areas of Environment & Sustainability and Humanities & Social Sciences, to address compute-intensive and/or data-driven problems within their research.

Successful proposals will pursue new scientific challenges and enhance and accelerate the process of scientific discovery within the field of the above mentioned discipline areas. To achieve this, the proposals will be characterized by the usage, adaptation, and integration of eScience methods and tools.

Who can apply

Proposals can be submitted by researchers from any Dutch university or research institute affiliated with NWO or KNAW.

Further requirements:

The PI must:

  • have a PhD;
  • hold a contract (period of appointment) for at least the duration of the application process and the research for which the grant is being applied.

The PI will be responsible for scientific progress, reporting, and financial accounting.

It is strongly encouraged to have links with business partners to enlarge the potential for valorization of the project. As such, it is possible for co-applicants to be employed by a non-academic partner.

What to apply for

A grant may be requested for a maximum total in cash budget of 165K Euro, and a minimum total in kind budget of 1.0 FTE (= 1680 hours). The project duration must be between 18 and 36 months.

The available in cash budget is primarily intended to cover expenses for local research personnel. Part of the in cash budget however, may also be reserved for additional resources and expenditures. 

Typically, the project budget will be as follows:

  • 1 Postdoc position for the duration of 2 years. (The cost associated with this position includes an individual bench fee of up to 5K Euro as a contribution to travelling expenses, or other approved expenditure.)
  • A maximum of 20K Euro for project-related equipment, Open Access publication, software, and (non-NLeSC personnel) travel expenses. (The costs for equipment and software must equal or exceed 5K Euro. Equipment and software with a purchase price of less than 5K Euro is deemed part of the standard infrastructure of the local institute and is therefore ineligible for funding. Travel expenses must be incurred by the project team members, with a maximum of 10K Euro. The necessity of travel, equipment and software in support of the project must be justified.) 
  • A minimum of 1.0 FTE in terms of support provided by personnel employed by NLeSC. 

The total of the first two bullet points may not exceed 165K Euro.

When to apply

  • Deadline for submission of pre-proposals: Thursday May 17, 2018, 14:00 CET

  • Deadline for submission of full proposals: Thursday August 30, 2018, 14:00 CET 

Submission of a full proposal is possible only after participation in the pre-proposal round.



Pre-proposals and full proposals will be assessed on the following four criteria:

  • Scientific quality
  • Scientific novelty and impact
  • eScience state-of-the-art
  • Lateral impact, re-use and sustainability

In the overall assessment of the (pre-)proposal, all four criteria will be weighted as 25% of the total score.


The scientific and technical assessment of the pre-proposals is carried out by the assessment committee. The assessment committee will assess the pre-proposals based on the criteria mentioned above, and advise the board of NLeSC on the ranking of the pre-proposals. The Board of NLeSC will recommend the highest scoring PI's to submit a full proposal.

Full proposals will be assessed by external referees. Applicants will have the opportunity to respond to the referee reports in a rebuttal. The assessment committee will prioritize the proposals based on the reports of the external referees and the rebuttal. Applications are assessed within their own discipline area. The assessment committee will advise the Board of NLeSC on the prioritization. The Board of NLeSC is responsible for the final granting descision.

More information

This call is processed by NWO for the Netherlands eScience Center (NLeSC). The Board of NLeSC decides about granting and rejection, and all grants will be awarded by NLeSC. For more information about NLeSC, please visit:

For more information about this call for proposals, please the NLeSC call page.


Dr. Frank J. Seinstra, Program Director NLeSC
Tel.: + 31 (0)20 460 4770

Dr. Barbara van der Sar-Reumer, Program Coordinator NWO
Tel.: + 31 (0)70 349 4602



Closed for application


30 August 2018 14:00

Grant type



660K Euro in cash funding and 4.0 FTE in kind funding

Science area

Exact and Natural Sciences Social Sciences and Humanities


Curiosity driven research and talent (2015-2018)


Netherlands eScience Center (NLeSC)


Dr. Barbara van der Sar-Reumer Dr. Barbara van der Sar-Reumer +31 (0)70 3494602