On October 8th, 2015 NWO Director General, Hans de Groene and SURF Managing Director, Erik Fledderus formally signed the agreement to continue funding of NLeSC for a further five years. This announcement guarantees 5.4 million euro funding per year for NLeSC. The majority of this money will be awarded to collaborative projects across Dutch academia. NLeSC has previously funded and collaborated on more than 50 such Big Data projects in areas as diverse as life sciences, digital humanities and physics.
In addition to providing funding to researchers tackling Big Data challenges, NLeSC also provides access to its team of experts in digital science. These so called eScience Research Engineers are a new breed of scientists with a strong drive to perform fundamental scientific research whilst at the same time being very knowledgeable of the capabilities and use of advanced computing and data science. This announcement ensures the next generation of projects and the development and availability of new eScience Research Engineers for the future.
NLeSC Director Prof. Wilco Hazeleger welcomed the announcement, stating: "This five year funding guarantee will enable us to launch many new projects across diverse disciplines, provide training and national coordination. This is good news for NLeSC and everybody in the National Big Data landscape."