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NWO opens call 'An Integrated Approach to the Scientific Study and Conservation of Art'

NWO-Physical Sciences has published the first call for proposals under the programme 'An Integrated Approach to the Scientific Study and Conservation of Art'. A total budget of 1,500,000 is available for this call, which aims to consolidate and develop the connections between science, conservation and art history in the form of a cohesive research programme in close cooperation with the cultural heritage field. The closing date for the submission of proposals is 4 June 2015.
The call is aligned with the goals of the Netherlands Institute for Conservation, Art and Science (NICAS), a new interdisciplinary research center, uniting art history, conservation and science. The collaborative project NICAS aims at:

Realising a coherent research programme that should lead to innovative and transformative solutions for the development of improved conservation strategies, optimal preservation environments and a more complete understanding of art objects and their history; and
Constructing a sustainable research network in the Netherlands, focused on the Ateliergebouw in Amsterdam, bringing together researchers from diverse disciplines.

Full proposals and seed money proposals can be submitted by interdisciplinary teams consisting of senior researchers of different research disciplines and one or more museums. For each full proposal, funding can be applied for:

Employment costs of a maximum of two researchers, one of which must be a PhD (max. term of 4 years based on 1.0 fte). The other researcher can either be a Postdoc (max. term of 3 years based on 1.0 fte, with a min. of 0.5 fte) or another PhD. The rates for researchers are fixed and in accordance with the VSNU tariffs + a bench fee of € 5,000 per researcher;
material costs (directly related to the funded research), consisting of equipment costs, travel expenses and accommodation costs for research team members, and costs in order to realize knowledge utilization and international activities, with a maximum of € 40,000 per submitted proposal.

For each seed money proposal, funding can be applied for: contribution to material and small equipment costs that will enable necessary testing and other costs that will allow the idea to be developed further, including travel expenses and accommodation costs for participating researchers and experts (maximum € 25,000 per proposal).

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