Game Research Call for Seed Money Proposals 2016

Postponed deadline for submission: June 17, 2016

Seed Money. Foto: Tax Credits
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In the Utrecht Center for Game Research, research groups from multiple disciplines join forces to advance scientific research on serious gaming and playful interaction. The center is established to study techniques and methods to create games, properties and use of games and the interaction with users and their meaning and context. In order to achieve its goals, the Center for Game Research offers the opportunity to researchers and lecturers from Utrecht University to apply for seed money.

The 2016 Spring Call for Seed Money Proposals is now open. This call focuses on six application domains:

  • Education
  • Health
  • Inclusion
  • Security and Conflict
  • Smart Cities
  • Sustainability

Funding can be requested for developing a high quality research proposal, for a specific national or international program that the proposal is suited for. The purpose is to increase success rate project applications.

It is the responsibility of the applicants to synchronise their requested resources with the head of department, research director, or director of education if necessary. 


Grant proposals are judged according to the following criteria:

  • Quality of the plan to develop an excellent research proposal that has a good chance of receiving a grant, and the extent to which the seed money project is convincing, in that the resulting research proposal is of excellent quality.
  • The deliverable must be a project proposal for a specific research program and/or call.
  • Relevance to one of the six application domains.
  • Scholarly quality and relevance/appropriateness of the people involved.


Proposals should request a maximum of €20,000. The seed money can be used for expenses such as personnel replacement costs for the applicants and/or the remuneration of student and research assistants, to set up an international research network, to organise (inter)national meetings, and hiring of external advisors. The total budget available is €100,000.


  • The postponed deadline for submission is June 17, 2016. 
  • Applicants will be notified of the outcome on June 24, 2016.
  • The project must begin before 1 September 2016.
  • The project must be completed before 1 September 2017 (including the expenditure of all funds and a final report).

Grant proposals contain the following information: 

  • Proposers' contact information (must be Utrecht University employees).
  • Summary.
  • Project description and application domain.
  • Expected aims and output.
  • Time schedule.
  • Detailed budget.
  • Grant proposals should not exceed 4 pages.

Please submit proposals by e-mail to

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