Access to the National Computer Facilities

Access to the National Computational facilities is a funding scheme that grants researchers, research groups and research institutes access to the national computational facilities.


Supercomputers are used for technical scientific research. In the Netherlands, two different systems are available for national use. These are the Cartesius supercomputer, and the Lisa system. The granting scheme Access to the National Computational facilities grants access to these systems.

Who can apply

Researchers from the following research institutes can apply for access to the computational facilities:

  • Dutch universities;
  • KNAW and NWO research institutes;
  • The Dutch Cancer Institute;
  • The Max Planck Institute for Psycho-linguistics in Nijmegen;
  • Dubble-beamline at ESFR in Grenoble;
  • NCB Naturalis.

Grants can only be applied by researchers with a permanent contract at one of the above mentioned research institutes, or researchers with a temporary position at one of the above mentioned research institutes with a guarantee from a supervising staff member with a permanent contract.

What to apply for

In this granting scheme researchers can apply for access to the national computational infrastructure.
Applicants can apply for access to the following systems in this call:

  • LISA Cluster
  • Cartesius Supercomputer
  • Cartesius GPU-island

Within this granting scheme, different types of project types can be applied for:

  • Individual projects
  • Program applications
  • DCCP projects
  • Continuation projects

Pilot projects can be applied for in a seperate granting scheme, and can not be applied for in this scheme.

For more information, please consult the call for proposals.

When to apply

Proposals can by applied at any given moment in the year. There are no deadlines.



Applications are assessed on the following criteria:

  • Organisation of the project;
  • Scientific aspects of the project in relation to the request for computing time;
  • The importace to gain acces to the super computer infrastructure;
  • The technical feasability.

More information on the criteria can be found in the call for proposals attached to this page.


Applications are assessed based on the assessment of independant peer-reviewers. The applicant receives the opportunity to provide a rebuttal on the peer-reviews. The project proposal, peer-reviews and rebuttal (and if applicable the project report) are assessed by the Scientific advisory committee (WGS). The WGS advises the board of NWO Exact and Natural Sciences on the granting of applications.

In all cases, the board of NWO Exact and Natural Science is decides on the granting and rejection of applications.

More information on the procedure can be found in the call for proposals attached to this page.

More information

For more information on the available supercomputer systems, you are directed to the website of SURFsara.




Open for application


Continuous application

Grant type



350 million SBU on Cartesius (including the GPU-island) - 32 million SBU on LISA

Science area

Physical Sciences


Computing Time National Computing Facilities





NWO in transition: changes funding instruments

On 1 January 2017, NWO will adopt a new organisation structure. Current funding instruments will remain unchanged until a decision about any change is taken. NWO will announce this change at least six months in advance. 2017 will be a transition year and the new funding instruments will become effective no later than 1 January 2018.


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