From 24 April 2017 to 6 June 2017 09:00

Call for proposals for Institutions for Open Societies ‘Seed Money’

Strategic theme Institutions for Open Societies is pleased to invite all Utrecht University scholars to participate in the seventh call for proposals for the ‘Seed Money’ initiative. Submissions for applications can be send from the 26th of April until Tuesday the 6th of June (09:00 hours). Applicants will be informed as soon as possible after this date about the decision on their application.


Seed  Money grants aims to temporarily exempt staff from teaching and administrative tasks and to create temporary contracts for or extend the current contracts of PhD candidates and post-docs. As a result, an interdisciplinary application can be submitted during this period, either for the benefit of an NWO or other external grants. There is also the possibility to request 'strategic seed money'  to form long-term large consortia, for instance for gravitation applications, large H2020 / European projects or applications of comparable size. And there are three instruments making it possible to apply for Seed Money to form trainings consortia, to stimulate large-scale projects at a very early stage (this is round  a maximum of two proposals is accepted) and to stimulate PhD positions for RM talents.

Applications shall consist of no more than three pages and include a short summary of the research subject and research question, the names of the researchers involved, the concrete ambition of the researchers (what kind of specific interdisciplinary proposal will follow from this application?), the suggested interdisciplinary framework, and the scientific and societal relevance. The application must also include a concise budget (what will the funding be used for and when will it be used?).The application shall closely link up with at least one of our five interdisciplinary academic streams:

  1. Institutions for Cooperation, Self-regulation and Collective Action
  2. Institutions for Sustainability and Resilience
  3. Institutions for Innovation and Prosperity
  4. Institutions for Equality, Inclusion and Social Mobility
  5. Institutions for Democratic Governance, Citizenship and Trust

The applications may be sent in to Linda Westerink via email.

Please note: Proper coordination prior to submission is very important for the purpose of educational planning (short term buy-out of educational obligations) and/or the appointment policy of postdocs (Work and Security Act). To ensure that the applicant has discussed this with the managers concerned, the application must be signed by the department head, research director or managing director.


About Seed Money

If you have any further questions, please contact our Programme Team 

Start date and time
24 April 2017
End date and time
6 June 2017 09:00