Smart Culture - Big Data / Digital Humanities

Senior researchers can apply for funding on behalf of consortia, consisting of at least two researchers from different faculties (and/or knowledge institutions) and at least one private partner, for research projects focused on research at the intersection of Big Data and Digital Humanities in relation to the creative industries.

Purpose

With this call NWO aims at funding proposals that contribute to the development of research in the field of creative industries and Big Data while boosting the research in the field of Digital Humanities. The research programme is therefore not only part of the top sector Creative Industry (via CLICKNL) and the Smart Culture domain (in Dutch) but also of the ecosystem of Commit2Data.

Preconditions for research proposals
Research proposals must:

  • contain a clear ICT research component or focus on the development of new digital methods
  • aim at answering a humanities research question
  • relate to different types of data and / or different types of sources

Applicants will be asked to explain why the proposed project will be able to contribute to the Big Data agenda.

Who can apply

Applications can be submitted on behalf of consortia consisting of at least two researchers from different faculties (and/or knowledge institutions) and at least one private partner, that (alone or with several other private partners and/or public partners) provides the mandatory matching contribution

The main applicant must be an experienced researcher with a PhD (i.e. full professor, associate professor or senior researcher) from one of the NWO acknowledged knowledge institutions and be employed for at least the duration of the application process and the duration of the project for which the funding is requested.

A researcher can only submit one application as main applicant. As a co-applicant, a researcher can be involved in a maximum of two applications.

What to apply for

In this call, applications can be submitted for embedded resesarch, strategic research, or a combination of both. (Please note: within embedded, strategic and combined research projects the private and public partner(s) must match at least 20% of the budget requested from NWO. At least half of the matching contribution is from a private partner and must be in cash. The matching may be no more than 50% of the total project costs.)

Embedded research
Embedded research is intended to stimulate and further develop interaction and co-operation between science and industry. Scientists, knowledge users and companies can conduct research together or develop products or services for the creative industries. The following conditions apply:

  • The requested funding is a minimum of 75,000 euro and a maximum of 125,000 euro;
  • Duration of the project is minimum six months and maximum five years;
  • With this funding at least one researcher (i.e. not the main or co-applicant) must be appointed for the duration of the project.
  • Appointments for junior researchers, PhD’s and postdocs must be a minimum 0.5 fte.

Strategic research
Strategic research proposals focus on long term research questions of industry or (societal) institutions, mostly with PhD or postdoc appointments.

  • The requested funding is a minimum of 250,000 euro and a maximum of 500,000 euro;
  • Duration of the project is minimum two years and maximum five years;
  • With this funding at least two researchers (i.e. not the main or co-applicant) must be appointed for the duration of the project.
  • Appointments for junior researchers, PhD’s and postdocs must be a minimum 0.5 fte.

When to apply

The deadline for submitting proposals via ISAAC was June 1st 2017, 14:00 CE(S)T.

Assessment

Criteria

The applications in this call will be assessed on the basis of the following two main criteria, that have been operationalised into several subsidiary aspects. The two main assessment criteria carry an equal weighting in the assessment.

I Scientific quality

  • The innovative character;
  • Aim and research questions or task objectives;
  • Research plan;
  • Potential for groundbreaking scientific contributions;
  • Multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary scientific co-operation;
  • Composition research team;
  • Feasibility.  

II Valorisation / relevance / knowledge utilization

  • The societal or scientific importance for the creative industries;
  • Attention for knowledge utilization and implementation of the project results;
  • Balance between costs and benefits.

To be considered for funding, applications for the call Smart Culture – Big Data / Digital Humanties must obtain scores required to at least qualify as ‘very good’ in the qualification system of NWO.

Procedure

After the administrative eligibility, applications will be presented to the TKI CLICKNL and Commit2Data to assess the appropriateness of the applications with regards to the Roadmap Smart Culture (and thus to the Knowledge and Innovation Agenda 2016-2019 of the top sector creative industry) and the appropriateness of the application with regards to action line 4 'Big Data' of the KIA.ICT of Commit2Data. After this assessment by the TKI CLICKNL and Commit2Data, the application follows the application procedure, in accordance with the guidelines in the call for proposals.

  • end of February: call for Proposals
  • June 1, 2017, 14:00 CE(S)T: deadline for submitting applications
  • early June: eligibility check and assessment appropriateness by Commit2Data and TKI CLICKNL
  • June-September: consulting referees
  • September: rebuttal applicants
  • September-November: interviews and final ranking
  • December: Decision by the Social Sciences and Humanities board and message to applicants 

More information

 


Details

Status

Closed for application

Deadline

1 June 2017 14:00

Grant type

Individual

Budget

2,581,000 euro

Science area

Social Sciences and Humanities Exact and Natural Sciences

Objective

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

Partners

CLICKNL, Commit2Data