Incubator Grants

The Incubator Grants by the Pathways to Sustainability program offer a great opportunity for interdisciplinary teams to launch innovative projects focusing on sustainability. These grants provide up to €8,000 over a 12-month period, supporting early-stage project development and working towards an idea for a subsequent Signature project.

Maximizing the Incubator Process

  1. Interdisciplinary Collaboration - Form diverse teams to address complex sustainability challenges from multiple perspectives.
  2. Project Development -  Use the funds to refine and develop your project idea, leveraging workshops and resources provided by the program.
  3. Network Building - Expand your connections with scholars and stakeholders to enhance project impact and sustainability.
  4. Innovation and Implementation - The grant supports the practical implementation of your project, ensuring it moves from concept to reality.

Application procedure

The 2024 application round is finished. The awarded Incubators started off with the Kickstarter Event on 23 April. Information about Incubator funding in 2025 will be shared here. 

Gallery with funded Incubators

Scholar’s Experience: Dr. Julia Swart

Dr. Julia Swart and her team recently completed the incubator phase and moved on to the Signature stage with the project ‘Tackling gender inequality and sustainability in agribusiness’. She shares her experience with us:

The incubator phase was exploratory, allowing us to shape our ideas and understand the multifaceted nature of the industry's challenges

We aimed to research the cut flower industry in Colombia, which required a multidisciplinary approach. We brought together students and scholars from various departments, facilitating interdisciplinary supervision. This collaboration was crucial in understanding different methodologies and perspectives, particularly in an industry with diverse stakeholders. Initially, our project focused on networking, identifying key individuals in Colombia and the Netherlands involved in the cut flower business. One key aspect was ensuring that all stakeholders felt their perspectives were valued. For example, when discussing health concerns related to the flower industry, it was important to present these issues without making stakeholders feel attacked. The goal was to find solutions that balanced economic and social benefits with health and sustainability concerns. We have really been able to use the incubator phase to explore and have a more clear perspective on the views and goals for the Signature phase of the project.