93 million for seven large-scale research infrastructures
The resources that the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) makes available to NWO for the National Roadmap for Large-Scale Scientific Infrastructure make infrastructure possible within the bèta/technical, alpha/gamma disciplines, and in the life sciences.
During the preparation of the research proposals, the various submitters examined, at the request of the NWO, to what extent their proposals make use of large-scale ICT facilities and those of SURF in particular. SURF was consulted, after which various proposals referred to our infrastructure and included the resources for connecting to the existing ICT infrastructure.
Of the seven proposals awarded funding, SURF is already working with four of the submitting partners:
• FuSE: Fundamental Sciences E-infrastructure
This project by Nikhef and Astron will enable Dutch researchers to obtain exciting scientific results from the enormous amount of data produced by three of the largest global scientific facilities: the Large Hadron Collider (LHC at CERN), KM3NeT and the Square Kilometre Array (SKA).
• ODISSEI: Better Infrastructure, Better Science, Better Society
ODISSEI (Open Data Infrastructure for Social Science and Economic Innovations) is a collaboration between 34 partner organisations under the direction of Erasmus University Rotterdam, which have joined forces to accelerate the development of computational social sciences in the Netherlands over the next five years.
• Netherlands Infrastructure for Ecosystem and Biodiversity Analysis - Authoritative and Rapid Identification System for Essential biodiversity information (NIEBA ARISE)
ARISE is a globally unique infrastructure of the Naturalis Biodiversity Center to identify all multicellular species (including plants, animals and fungi) within the Netherlands, and to monitor where and when they occur. This infrastructure makes it possible to gain a better understanding of the patterns and trends in Dutch biodiversity and of the interactions between species.
• The uNMR-NL Grid: A distributed, state-of-the-art Magnetic Resonance facility for the Netherlands
Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (NMR) and Imaging (MRI) exploit magnetic properties of nuclei to study structure and dynamics of molecules in both living organisms and materials. uNMR-NL was set up with a central NMR instrument with unprecedented capabilities. This nation-wide grid will support diverse research areas ranging from studying disease and the discovery of new medicines to improving crop production and food quality, and novel materials for energy storage and conversion.
SURF congratulates all successful applicants and wishes them lots of success in carrying out their project. We look forward to a fruitful collaboration.