Transforming Infrastructures for Sustainable Cities seed money call

Are you a Utrecht University researcher involved in research on urban sustainability transformations, who is looking for initial funding in order to collaborate with researchers from other disciplines and faculties? Do you need financial support to realise larger research applications in this field or to organise innovative workshops? Do you want to initiate collaborations with agents of change and contribute to sustainability transformations of cities or their infrastructures? Or do you have an innovative idea to improve our transdisciplinary practices regarding cities or urban infrastructures of tomorrow? Then this ongoing seed funding opportunity might be suited for you!

Seed money

With the seed money fund, the research hub Transforming Infrastructures for Sustainable Cities of Pathways to Sustainability intends to broaden its scope beyond its core project on urban infrastructures to stimulate new research ideas on transformations to sustainable cities. While infrastructures continue to form the key focus in this programme as they are crucial to urban sustainability, the hub’s ambition with this call is to support new internal and external collaborations, bring together researchers across Utrecht University’s faculties and to foster new ways of research impact around urban sustainability transformations. By connecting our knowledge and collaborating with stakeholders in transdisciplinary settings, the hub aims to explore and provide sustainable solutions for cities. Our ambition is to investigate and test practices of change management that help stimulate and accelerate urban sustainability transformations.

Funding opportunities

We invite applications from members of Utrecht University for seed funding projects that reflect an innovative approach in exploring urban and/or infrastructural sustainability transformations. More specifically, we offer seed funding for activities that:

  • aim to acquire external funding for research activities on urban and/or infrastructural sustainability transformations with the potential of substantial societal impact (e.g. research time devoted to consortium building or grant writing);
  • develop collaborations with urban stakeholders to tackle sustainability challenges and bring the transdisciplinary agenda of the hub and the strategic theme forward (e.g. stakeholder workshops),
  • improve or shape conceptual or empirical perspectives on urban and/or infrastructural transformations with the potential of theoretical breakthroughs (e.g. academic workshops, major publication projects), and/or
  • develop educational initiatives about the city of the future that have the potential to diffuse more widely within Utrecht University’s curriculum.

More information

You can apply at any time for this ongoing seed money call. For information on the requirements, criteria, and procedure of the call, and the background of the research hub, please consult the full call text.


If you have a question, please contact the hub manager.