The Netherlands eScience Center (NLeSC) is announcing a project call to promote and facilitate cross-fertilization between disparate disciplines by facilitating the transfer of proven technologies from one domain to solve "Big Data" challenges in other scientific domains.
In this context, Big Data is defined as the scientific challenge of dealing with the increasing scale of data generation (volume), but also the equally complex challenges of dealing with the increasing speed of data generation (velocity) and the need to manage massively heterogeneous datasets (variety).
NLeSC is a joint initiative of SURF and NWO and has been operational since July 2011. NLeSC has an annual budget of €6M and collaborates with scientific research groups from both academia and industry to conduct funded projects in the natural sciences, humanities and social sciences, balancing short-term eScience results and the development of a longer-term eScience strategy.
The most important component of the NLeSC strategy revolves around the funding of collaborative research following a peer reviewed call procedure with the objective to change scientific practice by enabling large-scale "Big Data" analysis across multiple disciplines by:
Successful project applications can be funded to a maximum of €500K and is open to researchers from any Dutch university or research institute which is affiliated with NWO or KNAW.
Details of the open project call can be found at: http://www.esciencecenter.com/projects/project-calls/
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