Joint CSER and eScience programme for Energy Research (JCER)

The Computational Sciences for Energy Research (CSER) programme and the Netherlands eScience Center Amsterdam are opening a new call for proposals for PhD projects addressing the research challenges in the computational sciences for future energy. The research focuses on developing sustainable software tools and is aimed to the broad community of computational scientists performing energy research.


This call for project proposals is aimed for computational sciences for energy research, focused on developing eScience technologies (i.e. research software and methods for data analytics, data management, efficient computing). The research and eScience development should be state-of-the-art and appropriate, meaning that any (existing) alternative technologies would not serve better in solving the identified discipline-driven research questions, or lead to more significant scientific breakthroughs. Applications have to contribute to one or more of the energy-related themes within the top sectors Energy and Chemistry. The topics of the call are computational geoscience, wind and solar energy, multiphase flows, computational chemistry and material sciences for energy research.

Who can apply

Permanent staff at Dutch universities and academic institutes are invited to submit research proposals for PhD projects. Applications can be submitted by full, assistant and associate professors and other researchers with a comparable appointment (see call document). Each proposal can request personnel budget for PhD position, material support and eScience research engineer support (in kind).

What to apply for

Each applicant can apply for a PhD position and material budget (k€ 245) and eScience Engineer support (2 FTE / 4 years, and an additional 0.5 FTE / 4 years reserved for the sustainability of the software, tools and methodologies developed). The PhD student will be employed by the university where the applicant is affiliated to.

When to apply

  • Closing pre-proposals: 30 May 2017, 14:00 hours CET.
  • Closing call for proposals: 31 August 2017, 14:00 hours CET.



The proposals will be evaluated by the programme committee and the eScience Center based on the following criteria:

  1. Scientific quality;
  2. Innovative aspects;
  3. Relevance and urgency for the solution of the energy problem;
  4. eScience impact.

The first three criteria are focused on the science excellence, while the last one is focused on the eScience impact. The relative weight is 60% for the scientific excellence and 40% for the eScience impact.


The programme committee will select the top ca. 20 preproposals and invite the applicants of these preproposals to write a full proposal. The full proposals will be evaluated by external referees. The external referees are independent international experts from the relevant scientific and/or technological fields. Also, the eScience Center will assess the full proposals on the eScience impact. Based on the evaluation report from the external referees, the response of the applicant and the evaluation on the eScience impact, the Programme Committee will make a final ranking of the project proposals. Top 8 project proposals will be selected for granting.

More information

Information event:

To allow interested applicants to get acquainted with 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, and the aim of this call for proposals, an information event will be organized at the eScience Center (Amsterdam, Science Park 140) on 13 April 2017.

Registration is required (see website: Presence of at least one applicant at the information event is highly recommended, but not mandatory.

09:30 – 09:45 Introduction eScience Center
09:45 – 10:00 Introduction NWO-Shell CSER Programme
10:00 – 10:20 eScience Technology Platform
10:20 – 10:45 JCER Call for Proposals
10:45 – 11:15 Examples of eScience projects
11:15 – 11:30 SURF e-Infrastructure
11:30 – 12:30 Questions


Contact eScience Center:

Prof. dr. Wilco Hazeleger, Director eScience Center
Tel.: +31 (0)20 460 4770




Open for full proposals, by invitation only


31 August 2017 14:00

Grant type



The total budget available for this call is 3.6 Meuro.

Science area

Exact and Natural Sciences NWO-wide


Thematic research and public -private partnership (2015-2018)


eScience Center Amsterdam


Mw. M. Sovago Mw. M. Sovago 030 6002368