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Discover & Initiate

Last updated on 15 November 2021
Find all the support you need to start a new research project. Discover datasets and literature, initiate a new research project and get help with practical details such as funding and administration.

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  • Getting started with data management

    • The LibGuides on Research Data Management provide lots of information on data management for each step in the Research Data Lifecycle. Under each step, several topics are mentioned, so you can also quickly find information on a specific subject.
    • If you didn't find the answer on the libguide or have a specific situation that you want to get advice on, reach out to the RDM Support Desk. The RDM Support desk will either answer your question or find the right person to answer your question. They are in contact with data stewards at each faculty, privacy champions, IT for Research and other support channels.
  • How to search for relevant datasets

    • The LibGuides on finding and using existing data gives an overview of what you need to know when you're new to re-using data as well as a list of sources where you can find datasets to use.
    • Pure
    • DataCite
    • Repositories (re3data)
    • Innovation Exchange Amsterdam (IXA) helps drive the transition of academic and practice-based research and knowledge into ground-breaking innovations and applications that improve lives, transform industries, and create substantial societal and economic value. It all started in 2014 when the University of Amsterdam (UvA), Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (HvA), Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam and Amsterdam UMC joined forces and combined their so-called knowledge transfer offices (KTO) to form Innovation Exchange Amsterdam (IXA).
  • How to look for research funding

    VU Amsterdam Grants Office is part of the Administration Office of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. We are in charge of supporting VU researchers in acquiring external public funding. We advise researchers throughout the grant application process and during the term of the subsidy. Our advice is based on our professional knowledge, years of experience and our commitment to the VU faculties. We organize information sessions and workshops on grant acquisition to enhance the VU subsidy culture. We are also actively involved in shaping subsidy policies and act as contact point for EU and national grant organisations.
    Innovation Exchange Amsterdam (IXA) helps drive the transition of academic and practice-based research and knowledge into ground-breaking innovations and applications that improve lives, transform industries, and create substantial societal and economic value. It all started in 2014 when the University of Amsterdam (UvA), Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (HvA), Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam and Amsterdam UMC joined forces and combined their so-called knowledge transfer offices (KTO) to form Innovation Exchange Amsterdam (IXA).

  • How to write a data management paragraph in a funding request

    Grants Office is part of Administration Office of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. We are in charge of supporting VU researchers in acquiring external public funding. We advise researchers throughout the grant application process and during the term of the subsidy. Our advice is based on our professional knowledge, years of experience and our commitment to the VU faculties. We organize information sessions and workshops on grant acquisition to enhance the VU subsidy culture. We are also actively involved in shaping subsidy policies and act as contact point for EU and national grant organisations.

    Data Steward:
    A faculty or institute data steward is a primary point of contact for any questions related to research data management (RDM). If your faculty does not have a data steward or you are unsure whom to contact, you are welcome to send your question to the central contact pointrdm@vu.nl; we will make sure that your question reaches the right person. Data Stewards provide disciplinary support, answer questions, provide advice, and help develop appropriate solutions for research data management and sharing.

    Contact your data steward for:
    •    Preparing data management paragraphs & plans (DMP)
    •    Advice on how to budget data management costs in grant proposals
    •    Setting up secure data storage
    •    Advice on good data management practice
    •    Information about data archiving
    •    Any other research data questions 

  • Data sharing with third parties

    Innovation Exchange Amsterdam (IXA) helps drive the transition of academic and practice-based research and knowledge into ground-breaking innovations and applications that improve lives, transform industries, and create substantial societal and economic value. It all started in 2014 when the University of Amsterdam (UvA), Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (HvA), Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam and Amsterdam UMC joined forces and combined their so-called knowledge transfer offices (KTO) to form Innovation Exchange Amsterdam (IXA).

  • Administrative and legal support

    Grants Office is part of Administration Office of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. We are in charge of supporting VU researchers in acquiring external public funding. We advise researchers throughout the grant application process and during the term of the subsidy. Our advice is based on our professional knowledge, years of experience and our commitment to the VU faculties. We organize information sessions and workshops on grant acquisition to enhance the VU subsidy culture. We are also actively involved in shaping subsidy policies and act as contact point for EU and national grant organisations.

  • Research data support

    Data stewards in the faculties and and the VU RDM support desk can help you with research data management issues, like writing your data management plan, advise you about storing, sharing and securing your research data and help you with publishing, archiving and registering research data.

    You can find contact details and practical assistance on the research data support contact & support page.

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Research Data Management

RDM Support Desk
Do you have questions about Research Data Management (RDM) or need advice? Ask us! The VU RDM Support Desk provides first-line practical assistance, help and advice with any RDM-related questions: 020 598 53 67 (9 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday).

Do you have questions or remarks regarding research support and you would like to contact someone on a specific matter? Please contact us.

IT Service Portal
Through the IT Service Portal, you can report a problem, request additional services, find frequently asked questions, locate manuals, and track your own reports. Use the search bar to find what you are looking for in no time. A detailed description of our services can be found by clicking on the blue icons. These descriptions also include forms for submitting an application or making a report.