Utrecht University is launching a new research fund to supply seed capital for researchers with good, innovative ideas in the field of IT and research. The selected researcher will be given a modest sum to implement their idea in a pilot. These pilots may entail risks; a chance of failure is considered acceptable. The deadline for submitting an initial proposal is 1 October 2017.
The Advisory Council of the Research IT innovation programme will select the best proposals. This Council is made up of professors from each of the faculties.
Better, easier, faster
Professor Raimond Snellings, chair of the Advisory Council, is quite curious about the proposals that will be submitted. 'The project must be based on an underlying scientific research question that can be answered more easily, quicker or more effectively with the help of an innovative IT application,' Snellings explains. 'It may itself be an innovation in the field of IT or may entail the application of an existing innovation in a new setting.'
Technology is expanding the boundaries of scientific possibility, and Utrecht University intends to lead the charge. Snellings: 'Expectations are high, but with this fund, we are offering researchers a chance to test whether their ideas are viable.'
Innovation of IT in research
At the same time, the effectiveness of this type of fund will also be tested. Following the first round of applications and allocations, the innovation fund will undergo an evaluation to determine whether it contributes sufficiently to the innovation of IT in research. Based on the outcome, a decision will be made as to whether – and how – the fund will continue in 2018. This innovation fund is a product of the Research IT programme, a five-year innovation programme of Utrecht University.
Go here to find out how to submit your proposal, and which criteria it must meet.