Community building fund

In addition to organizing regular Science for Sustainability (S4S) events, the S4S board believes that bottom-up initiatives are essential to a flourishing community. To encourage such initiatives, S4S has made part of the community-building budget available for projects proposed by the community. 


S4S aims to support and encourage bottom-up initiatives from the community. Applications for this call for proposals can request small financial support for various initiatives, such as seminars, fellowships, workshops, symposia, summer schools, outreach activities, inviting visiting speakers (from abroad), and so on. 

Guidelines for application

Who can apply?

Employees and students of Utrecht University can apply as the main applicant. Applicants need to be somehow affiliated with Utrecht University’s natural sciences. 

Entry requirements

To be considered, applications must meet the following criteria:

  • At least one of the main applicants must be employed at Utrecht University;
  • The initiative should take place within one year from the submission date;
  • The initiative should fit within the scope of Science for Sustainability;
  • The initiative should be open to the Science for Sustainability community.

If your project is granted funding, we kindly request the following:

  • Provide a brief recap of the initiative to be featured on the Science for Sustainability website. This can be a text (including a photo), video or any other suitable format;
  • Use the S4S logo in promotion material;
  • Acknowledge S4S during the event. 

What can be applied for?

We categorize applications into two types: small applications (typically up to €1.000) and large applications (typically over €1.000).

A total budget of €21.000 is available for 2024. The budget is split up over three periods in 2024. If the budget of the first or second period is not exhausted, the means will be transferred to the remaining periods. Applications are evaluated on a first-come, first-served basis within each time period.

The budget is split over the following application periods:

  • January 2024 until April 2024 (remaining budget: €7.000)
  • May 2024 until August 2024 (€7.000)
  • September 2024 until December 2024 (€7.000)

Within each application period, applications can be submitted for initiatives that will take place within that period or in one of the following periods.

Additionally, projects awarded funding may expect to receive basic support from the S4S community (communication, practicalities, planning). 

Assessment procedure                                                                                  

Applications will be evaluated by the S4S board (dr. Brian Logan, dr. Suzanne Hangx and prof. dr. René van Roij). Within each period, applications are evaluated on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Applications are evaluated on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Contribution to the goals of S4S. Applications will be assessed on their added value to one or more of the following S4S aims:
    • Community building 
    • Stimulate sustainability-related research within the (natural/fundamental) sciences of the UU
    • Improve the visibility of natural science and/or fundamental sustainability research

How to apply?

To apply, fill out the short application form and send it to The application form can be downloaded using this link.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Anne Nelissen. The S4S board is happy to think along with your ideas and discuss the possibilities. 

Funded projects