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Call for proposals Data Science 2018

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 second in a series of 4 calls and is funded by the multi annual IT-plan 2016-2020. The next calls will be in 2019 and 2020. Methodological results and knowledge obtained in the projects will be available to other researchers and is maintained at a central hub within the CIT.

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 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 (from inside and outside the university) appointed by RIS 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 from all scientific fields.


In general the projects should lead to new, reusable tooling and contribute to science at the university as a whole.

Furthermore proposed projects should

  • be innovative w.r.t your research field;
  • entail data science (complying with the description above);
  • point to data that could be used to help answer the research questions;
  • ensure the availability of researchers involved.

Proposals that meet the following criteria have an advantage

  • multidisciplinary approach;
  • researchers in different research domains benefit;
  • lead to follow-up projects or grant applications;
  • with matching funds.

Procedure and Timeline

Proposals need to be submitted by filling out the template available on the CIT websiteThe template is for both the pre-proposal and the final proposal.

The selection of proposals will be carried out by a committee consisting of experts from the University of Groningen and the eScience Center.

The timeline is as follows

  • Deadline submission of the pre-proposals: 30th June
  • Feedback to the applicants: early August
  • Final proposals: 15th September
  • Final selection: 1st October
  • Start of the projects: 15th November

Contact details

We advise you to contact the RIS-department when you intend to apply for a proposal.

You can reach the CIT team Data Science by sending an email to or

Proposal forms can be submitted to

Last modified:06 August 2018 10.42 a.m.