The Netherlands eScience Center (NLeSC) has allocated € 5.5 million for its first set of collaborative e-science projects, following a peer-reviewed call. The funding will cover eleven new initiatives in the fields prioritised by the NLeSC, ranging from Astronomy and e-Ecology, to Life Science and e-Humanities.
The NLeSC started operations in July 2011 to support and reinforce collaborative, multidisciplinary and data-intensive research through creative and innovative use of ICT. To this aim, the NLeSC collaborates with scientific research groups from both academia and industry to conduct e-science projects in the natural sciences, humanities and social sciences, balancing short-term results and the development of a longer-term strategy.
Jacob de Vlieg, CEO of the NLeSC said: “The completion of this call and the initiation of our first collaborative projects is a major milestone for the development of eScience in the Netherlands, for the Netherlands eScience Center as a standing national organization and for the implementation of our vision on eScience, or enhanced Science as we refer to it. Science is at the heart of everything NLeSC does and these projects are core to this.”