Seed funding opportunity for circular economy research initiatives

Towards a Circular Economy and Society

The Towards a Circular Economy and Society hub of Pathways to Sustainability is a platform for scientists of Utrecht University and stakeholders to jointly contribute to the transition to a sustainable circular society. As the transition to a circular economy is by definition interdisciplinary, the hub aims at generating new initiatives and forms of collaboration. The hub therefore launches an initial Call for Proposals to foster the building of an active community of researchers and stakeholders. Several activities are eligible for funding. 

Full seed money call
Circular economy
We extract, produce, process and dispose more material than ever before. Credit: iStock/baranozdemir

About the new hub

The transition to a circular economy will demand changes in many parts of our society and in our relationship to materials. A broad university like Utrecht offers a key opportunity to explore this in depth and width. Pathways to Sustainability is therefore developing the hub Towards a Circular Economy and Society on all relevant aspects of our progress towards a circular economy. In the hub, Utrecht University researchers from a large range of academic disciplines collaborate with societal partners to develop new insights, technologies and policies to help society become circular.

The transformation requires collaboration over the whole supply chain, while creating new value chains. In turn, this requires a wide coalition of researchers, practitioners, and policy makers from a wide spectrum of disciplines and backgrounds to provide the knowledge to guide the process. Launched in November 2019, the hub is a unique place where these backgrounds meet to generate new cutting edge insights and initiate new research activities in this direction.