From 23 April 2018 09:00 to 1 June 2018 17:00

Call for proposals IOS Seed Money 9th round

Strategic theme Institutions for Open Societies is pleased to invite all Utrecht University scholars to participate in the 9th call for proposals for the ‘Seed Money’ initiative. Proposals can be submitted until 5.00 pm Friday June 1st, 2018. Applicants will be informed as soon as possible after this date about the decision on their application, but not later than Friday 29th of June.

IOS Seed money and the new IOS hubs

On 26 February the IOS-Hubs were presented, although it was already indicated that these five IOS-Hubs will occupy a prominent position within the IOS 'seed money' instrument. In this ninth 'seed money' round, this intention has been worked out by allocating a substantial part of the total budget to applications that position themselves within one of the IOS-Hubs. IOS-Hubs core team cannot apply for buy-out seed money; they are already compensated for their efforts in other ways. In doing so, the Programme Team aims to prevent 'stacking', so that there is financial scope to honour other initiatives.

This seed money round explicitly offers the possibility of funding research proposals that are in line with the IOS-Hubs:

  1. Future of Work,
  2. Future of Citizen-based Initiatives,
  3. Security in Open Societies,
  4. Entrepreneurship for Societal Challenges,
  5. Gender and Diversity: Building and Inclusive Society

For other IOS research, supported by IOS-streams or IOS-platforms, 'seed money' funding is therefore offered to a more limited extent in this round.

About IOS Seed Money

The goal of our Seed Money grant is to temporarily exempt staff from teaching and administrative tasks, and to create temporary contracts for PhD candidates and post-docs or extend their current contracts. However, in this call for proposals, it is also possible to apply for funding other facilities too, such as research assistance and renting space to do pilot experiments. Through the buyout and potential funding for other support an interdisciplinary application for an NWO or other external grant can be written. 

Furthermore, it is possible to request 'strategic seed money'  to form long-term large consortia, for instance for Gravitation-applications, large H2020 / European projects or other applications of comparable size.

Applications shall consist of no more than three pages and include a short summary of the subject and research question, the researchers involved, the concrete goal 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?). 

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. In case of an application related to an IOS-Hub, a signature of one the core team members of the relevant IOS-Hub must also be provided.

For further information about the grant application, please download this PDF.

The applications (in Word, not in PDF) may be sent to Peter van der Maas via email (  

Start date and time
23 April 2018 09:00
End date and time
1 June 2018 17:00