Join the third round of Call for Proposals for pilots and projects for local DCCs!

The third round of Call for Proposals pilots and projects aimed at local DCCs (Digital Competence Centers) has started. This cycle of CfPs arises from NWO's implementation plan “investments in digital research infrastructure”. SURF is organising the call to strengthen the national ecosystem in collaboration with the RDM Facilities steering group.
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Strengthening the national ecosystem

The aim of the CfPs is to strengthen the RDM landscape by encouraging institutions to adapt their services and infrastructure in such a way that they can make them available to the network of DCCs or so that they can adopt services from the national data ecosystem. These adjustments should lead to better facilitation of cross-institutional collaboration in research.

Project and pilot proposals

The project proposals must be submitted by consortia of institutions, which are represented by the local DCC of the coordinating institution. A maximum of 5 project proposals will be accepted. The duration of these projects is a maximum of 1 year after award.

In addition, as in previous years, there is also the option of submitting a proposal for a pilot. Pilot proposals are smaller in scale than project proposals and are intended to give new ideas in the field of Research Data Management a chance within the own institution.

A pilot proposal can be submitted by an individual institution, but the subject must be beyond the usefulness for the own institution. A maximum of 5 pilot proposals will be honored. The duration of these projects is a maximum of 6 months after award.

The pilot proposals can also be submitted by individual institutions.

Additional information consortia

Project proposals can be submitted by consortia formed by at least two institutions belonging to the group of institutions eligible for this CfP (see below for a complete overview). There are no restrictions on the maximum number of institutions participating in a consortium.

In addition to the institutions mentioned above, other not-for-profit research institutions may also participate in a consortium, such as universities of applied sciences or other members of SURF. However, the financing should only benefit the eligible institutions and this should also be reflected in the budget of the proposal.

The coordinator of a consortium must be the local DCC of one of the eligible institutions and there must be commitment from the relevant Coordinating SURF Contact Persons (CSC). An institution can participate in several consortia, but can only act as lead party for one consortium.

Pilot proposals do not have to be submitted via a consortium, they can be submitted by institutions that are eligible for this CfP. Submitting a pilot proposal does not preclude co-ordinating or participating in a consortium, but there is a limit of one pilot proposal per institution.

Eligible Institutions

Digital Competence Centers of the following institutions are eligible for funding in this Call for Proposals and can act as coordinator of a consortium:

The Dutch universities:

  • Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • Maastricht University
  • Open University
  • Radboud University
  • University of Groningen
  • Eindhoven University of Technology
  • Delft University of Technology
  • Tilburg University
  • University of Amsterdam
  • university of Leiden
  • University of Twente
  • University of Utrecht
  • Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • Wageningen university

Dutch University Medical Centers:

  • Amsterdam University Medical Center
  • Erasmus Medical Center
  • Leiden University Medical Center
  • Maastricht University Medical Center
  • University Medical Center Groningen
  • Radboud University Medical Center
  • University Medical Center Utrecht

In addition:


  • KNAW institute organisation
  • NWO institute organisation
Financing conditions

For the project proposals, the maximum size of the proposal is €150,000. Where necessary, a maximum amount of € 10,000 may be spent for hardware purchase. Other resources are intended for manpower. A maximum of 5 pilot proposals will be honored. The duration of these projects is a maximum of 1 year after award.

The size of the pilot proposals is a maximum of €10,000. A maximum of 5 pilot proposals will be accepted. The duration of the pilots is 6 months after award.

The submitters will provide a final report with the results achieved, the way in which the results were achieved and the lessons learned, including a specified financial report. After acceptance of the project results achieved, the subsidy will be transferred to the institution afterwards. In consultation, an advance of a maximum of 20% can be made available for project proposals (ie not for pilot proposals).

Only the following costs, incurred and paid directly attributable to the implementation of the Project, are taken into account as project costs:

  • Salary costs are reimbursed in accordance with the NWO scheme for “Local Digital Competence Centers”;
  • Cost of purchased hardware based on historical purchase prices, with a maximum of 10% of the project costs;
  • Costs of the products and specialized services purchased for the Project must be included in the project proposal;
  • Costs for hiring external manpower. The proposal must make clear why external hiring is necessary and how expertise accumulated will be safeguarded after the project has been completed.
Assessment procedure and criteria

Assessment Process

After the closing date of the CfP, SURF will perform an initial eligibility check and will evaluate the proposals on the basis of technical feasibility, any required resources of national digital infrastructure and requested support for SURF. It is possible that on the basis of this evaluation, in consultation with SURF, further adjustments will be made to the proposal before it becomes final.

After the proposals have become final, SURF will issue a recommendation to the RDM steering group based on the evaluation.

The RDM steering group will make a ranking and draw up an advice about the granting or rejection of the proposals to the SURF board.

Assessment criteria

  1. Added value for research
    How does the proposal contribute to facilitating Open Science and FAIR data? Particular attention will be paid to the contribution to improving interoperability and reusability. In addition, collaboration with a Thematic DCC will be a recommendation.
  2. Efficiency of the subsidy
    To what extent does a proposal match the stated objectives of this CfP?
  3. General usability
    To what extent are the results of the proposal useful for other institutions?
  4. Renewal
    To what extent is knowledge and facilities being renewed?
  5. Threshold lowering
    To what extent do the results lower the barrier for researchers to use Open Science methods and FAIR data?

Deadline & submission

The deadline for submitting applications is Friday, July 8, 2022 at 6:00 PM. To submit, fill in the template forms that you can find on the wiki page CfP 2022 SURF-DCC projects (in Dutch) and mail the completed forms to


Do you want to submit an idea, do you need consultation or do you have questions about this call for proposals? Mail to