Signature Project Grants
The Signature Project Grant is our instrument to spur radical innovation in university practices with the aim of enhancing our impact. Signature Projects are challenge-based, interdisciplinary in nature (preferably cross-community) and directed at fostering the radical innovation that PtS seeks to achieve. PtS encourages out-of-the-box thinking as to the aims and format of, and collaboration within, such projects. We particularly invite projects and collaborations that are new and/or difficult to get funded via other channels, for instance because of their exploratory or experimental nature.
We aim to stimulate an open and inclusive design process in which initial ideas may develop in new directions with the input and integration of various types of expertise. At PtS, we believe that such an open process is key to transformative learning. At the end of 2023 the procedure will be evaluated and announcements will be made regarding the continuation of these instruments.
The application procedure
The application procedure takes place in stages, as described below and in this document. First, interdisciplinary groups have the opportunity to apply for an Incubator Grant (up to 8k for a period of maximum 12 months). The Incubator Grant may, among other things, be used to further develop and grow the project idea and its team and to work towards its implementation. Groups who have obtained an Incubator Grant may together prepare applications for the second-stage and more substantial Signature Project Grant (50-150k for a period of maximum 24 months). The continuation of an Incubator Grant with a Signature Project Grant is not automatic. Should the Incubator phase prove fruitful, (part of) the team may decide to apply for a Signature Project Grant, either after six or after 12 months. The deadlines for submission are listed in the timeline below. Please note that your choice for either of these deadlines does not affect your chances of getting your proposal granted. The application form will be added here soon.