The Ministry OCW, NWO (Earth and Life Sciences) and the University of Amsterdam have agreed (OCW letter, dd. 30/8/2012) to jointly make funds available that allow the Netherlands to become member, given the presence of LifeWatch on the ESFRI and National Roadmaps, and the importance to maintain a leading role in the development. This covers the funds for the ERIC cash contribution for five years plus a limited national contribution to develop the LifeWatch Common Facilities in the Netherlands. Moreover, a national LifeWatch consortium will be formally established once the ERIC is installed, to provide the national in-kind contributions.
The current document describes the planning for LifeWatch Research and Innovation Centre Netherlands for the initial 5 years of construction of the LifeWatch. The proposed construction activities and related investments have two components:
The construction of the LifeWatch Common Facilities in the Netherlands, coordinated by the University of Amsterdam (UvA), based on the agreement of the Ministry OCW, NWO and the UvA.
Activities of the LifeWatch consortium of the Netherlands (universities, research institutions, data providers, curators) that will develop in-kind contributions to the construction, operating on the basis of a consortium agreement.