13 June 2018

Water, Climate & Future Deltas Seed Money Call 2018

Water, Climate & Future Deltas, one of the research hubs of the strategic theme 'Pathways to Sustainability', invites researchers to develop pilot projects contributing to the transdisciplinary goals of the hub. The best ideas will be rewarded with seed money funding to develop the project. The criteria for funding are listed below.


Applicants should use the seed-funding application form. Proposals should be submitted to mrs. Briede van Bemmelen: secretariaatfg@uu.nl.

Review procedure

The proposals will be reviewed by an interdisciplinary committee. The committee will review the proposals within a month after the submission deadline of 14 September 2018 18:00.


The total budget of the 2018 Future Deltas seed-funding call is €140.000. Researchers can apply for funding to support pilot projects contributing to the transdisciplinary goals of the Water, Climate & Future Deltas hub e.g., scientific publications, research proposals, workshops and societal engagement activities.


Proposals should meet the following criteria:

  1. The proposal should fit the Water, Climate & Future Deltas scope and one of the 3 main research lines; A: global external drivers of change, B: delta system functioning, C: designing and developing pathways.
  2. The proposal should be innovative and have a high potential to generate future research funding.
  3. The main applicant should be affiliated to the Faculty of Geosciences, Faculty of Science or Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance of Utrecht University.
  4. One of the applicants should be affiliated to the Faculty of Geosciences.
  5. The maximum budget to apply for is €19.000 (equivalent of a postdoc position for 3 months).
  6. There should be one or more clear deliverable(s).
  7. We encourage interdisciplinary proposals submitted by researchers from different UU departments. Monodisciplinary proposals can be submitted if they clearly contribute to the overall objectives of the hub.
  8. We encourage collaboration with external parties.
  9. We encourage activities or projects that include a societal engagement activity. Priority audiences for Water, Climate & Future Deltas include: policy makers, politicians, academic peers, knowledge institutes and the media, aimed at a wide range of audiences including those mentioned above and people who live in potentially affected areas.