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Grants for small data projects

Since 2006, DANS has issued grants subsidising small data projects, i.e. projects in which one or more important datasets are described and made accessible. These grants are intended primarily for those (sub)domains where little data archiving has been done so far, and where a grant might serve as a stimulus to expand the range of archived data.

Deadline and procedure


  • Project proposals must be submitted by:

•  Postdoctoral researchers employed by a Dutch scientific research institution, or an institution supported by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and  Sciences (KNAW) or the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO);
•  University Professors from outside the Netherlands;
•  Dutch Professors Emeriti;
•  Lecturers (PhDs only) appointed at Dutch universities of applied sciences.

  • The deadline for application for 2018 has passed; information regarding the next round of grants will be announced mid-2018.
  • Project proposals must be submitted by email to Dr. Henk Harmsen using this template (.docx).
  • Project proposals must provide sufficient information regarding the intended project activities.
  • Applicants connected to projects subsidised in the previous round of small data project grants cannot submit another project proposal the next year.
  • Submissions that do not meet all of the above criteria will not be considered for admission.

Assessment and admission

  • Project proposals are submitted to the selection committee, which grades them according to the following criteria: strategic value to DANS, scientific importance, scope (of collaborative partners, target audience and disciplines) and project organisation (structured planning for the use of time, finances and personnel, and a clear division of tasks). The DANS managing board makes the final decision.
  • By January the 15th 2018 at the latest, DANS will inform the applicants in writing whether or not they qualify for a grant.
  • A small data project grant amounts to a maximum of € 10,000 including VAT.
  • The data to be deposited must meet the DANS requirements for sustainable data storage. For these requirements, please read the instructions on the Information about depositing data page.


  • The project executor must contact the DANS Archive before 1 May 2018 to reach definitive agreements on the deposition of the dataset that will be generated (data formats to be used, the broad outlines of data file structure and any relevant details regarding the metadata to be provided).
  • The executor must deposit the generated dataset before 1 November 2018. The dataset, with metadata attached, must be deposited at DANS with open access enabled. If legal prescriptions prohibit the data from being openly accessible, the data should be deposited with restricted access instead.
  • The executor must ensure that the final report and confirmation request are submitted to DANS before 1 December 2018.
  • The definitive extent of the grant will be established four weeks at the latest after DANS receives the confirmation request, based on the information provided.
  • If one or more of the requirements and deadlines above are not met, the grant offer will expire.


  • The contribution made by DANS must be mentioned in any dissemination and promotion activities surrounding the project. News items, homepages and project websites must display the DANS logo.
  • DANS retains the right to mention the project in its own promotional activities.
  • DANS may request the applicant’s collaboration, for instance in participating in a workshop or for an article in our magazine E-data & Research.
  • Part of the project is to write an article in the Research Data Journal or a similar data journal.