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Call for Proposals Data Science 2020

The team Data Science of the Center for Information Technology (CIT) invites researchers to submit proposals for innovative data science projects. This call is the fourth and the last in a series of four calls and is funded by the Multi Annual IT plan 2016-2020.

An increasing number of data sources that can be utilised for scientific research is becoming available. By combining data from different sources, interesting insights can be derived. New techniques allow the retrieval of valuable information, for instance by searching for patterns, anomalies and correlations.

Data scientists deploy modern techniques to extract knowledge from data using a combination of skills in the areas of machine learning, artificial intelligence, computing science, statistics and various other research domains. The aim is to extract relevant knowledge/insight from data in all forms, through data inference and exploration. Data science techniques can be used to suggest hypotheses and extract information from the data, while domain-specific knowledge is needed to formulate a precise hypothesis and work out its consequences.

What can be applied for

Researchers can apply for the support from one or more data scientists appointed by the CIT for a maximum of 450 hours. While being employed by the CIT, the data scientist(s) may work at the researcher's location in order to facilitate collaboration. The duration of a project is max. 2 years. A small bench fee (max €3000) is available for items like databases, licenses, hardware.

Who can apply

This call is open to researchers employed by the University of Groningen or the University Medical Center Groningen from all scientific fields.


In general the projects should contribute to science. Furthermore proposed projects should:

  • be innovative with respect to your research field;
  • entail data science (i.e. gathering data and/or analysing data);
  • have a clear research question/hypothesis;
  • have data that will help answer the research question, preferably already collected and ready for analysis;
  • Ensure the availability of the researchers involved.

Proposals that meet the following criteria have an advantage:

  • leads to follow-up projects or grant applications;
  • use of own resources (matching);
  • leads to code that is reusable.

Procedure and timeline

Pre-proposals need to be submitted by filling out the form on the CIT website.

The selection of proposals will be carried out by a committee consisting of experts from the University of Groningen, the University Medical Center Groningen and the eScience Center. Twelve pre-proposals will be selected for a final proposal. For the final selection the proposals can be more elaborated and improved using the feedback of the committee. Moreover, the final proposal should contain a workplan and time table. The day of the final selection will be the 13th of January 2021. On this day each principal investigator presents his or her proposal in 5 minutes, after that there will be 10 minutes time for questions and discussion.

The timeline is as follows:

  • deadline submission of the pre-proposals: 15th October 2020;
  • feedback to the applicants: 23th November 2020;
  • deadline submission of the final proposals: 13th December 2020;
  • final selection: 13th January 2021;
  • communicating the results of the final selection: 20th January 2021;
  • start of the projects: from 8th to 15th February 2021.

Contact details

To ensure your proposal is appropriate for this call, we advise you to contact the Data Science team when you intend to apply via datascience Describe your research question and expectations from data science in three or four sentences.

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