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Two new calls for Seed Grant proposals are now open. In this round, the Centre for Urban Studies will launch a round of regular Seed Grants to support and facilitate research initiatives of CUS’ research staff, both permanent and temporary. Additionally, in this round, we are launching a special round of Seed Grants XL (two grants of €10.000 each).

Seed Grant

In this call, the second regular round of 2019, four grants will be awarded with a maximum of up to €2.500 per grant.

Aims and criteria

Seed Grants are provided to assist our members in their work, to foster an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary dialogue, and to stimulate original research in the field of Urban Studies. We especially appreciate initiatives that bring together academic work on Urban Studies from different disciplines and programme groups within CUS and beyond, enable exchange and collaborations between researchers from the Centre and researchers from abroad, and facilitate a dialogue between academic researchers and stakeholders in the city of Amsterdam and other places. Proposals involving PhD students, (research) master students or aiming at developing new research proposals are particularly welcomed. An additional and important (but not exclusive) selection criterion is the contribution to the development of the thematic focus of the Centre on the ‘urban commons’ (for more information on the thematic focus, and on the broader mission of CUS, see the 2018-2022 strategic plan).

Examples

Examples of projects to be considered for funding are:

  • Joint workshops between different programme groups or disciplines, both inside and outside of the University of Amsterdam;
  • Activities reinforcing international collaborations such as seminars or conferences;
  • Small scale pilot studies, student assistance, data acquisition, or other activities to support the development of a new research line, possibly leading to a research grant application;
  • Different podia to discuss joint research proposals;
  • Writing retreats (to collectively write a research proposal, but also e.g. a paper)
  • Outreach projects with the City of Amsterdam or other stakeholders (e.g., public debates, panel discussions).

These are all examples of activities that CUS members or members from other Research Priority Areas have organised after being awarded a grant. We highly encourage creativity and are therefore very much open to activities and ideas other than mentioned above. 

On the CUS website you can find inspiring examples of activities funded in previous rounds. Eligible for Seed Grants are all CUS members, as well as groups of applicants including at least one CUS member. Besides financial support, the Centre for Urban Studies will help with the practical organisation and communication of the awarded initiatives.

How to apply

To be considered for this round, please send a project description of max. 600 words to urbanstudies@uva.nl by the 10 May 17.00. The description should clearly explain:

  • The immediate and longer-term goal(s) of the project;
  • How the project adds value to the Centre for Urban Studies, especially in terms of inter- and/or transdisciplinarity and – if applicable - to the thematic focus on the ‘urban commons’;
  • The project's timeline, including the expected completion date;
  • How the project's results or outcomes will be shared with the Urban Studies community (and possibly beyond);
  • A detailed project budget.

Seed Grant XL

In this call, the Centre for Urban Studies - in addition to the regular Seed Grants - additionally launches a special round of Seed Grants XL. In this round, two Seed Grants XL will be awarded with a maximum of up €10.000 per grant.

Aims and criteria

The Seed Grant XL aims to support and facilitate bigger and innovative research initiatives (the ‘academic dreams’) of CUS’ research staff, both permanent and temporary (PhDs, Post Docs), which cannot be realised within the budget of a regular Seed Grant (2.500 EURO). A maximum of up to 10.000 EURO per Seed Grant XL is awarded.

The grants are provided to help to realize academic dreams through assisting our members in their work, fostering an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary dialogue, and stimulating original research in the field of Urban Studies. We especially appreciate initiatives that: bring together academic research and work on Urban Studies from different disciplines and programme groups within CUS, enable exchange and collaborations between researchers from CUS and researchers from abroad, facilitate a dialogue between academic researchers and stakeholders in the city of Amsterdam. Proposals involving PhD students, (research) master students or aiming at developing new research proposals are particularly welcomed. An additional (but not exclusive) selection criterion is contribution to the development of the thematic focus of the Centre on the ‘urban commons’ (for more information on the thematic focus, and on the broader mission of CUS, see the 2018-2022 strategic plan).

Examples 

Examples of projects to be considered for funding are:

  • Joint conferences or seminar series between different programme groups or disciplines;
  • Funding an urban artist in a residence;
  • Funding (e.g.) a video, exhibition or performance to communicate an urban research project to the wider public;
  • Larger pilot studies, student assistance, data acquisition, or other activities to support the development of a new research line, possibly leading to a research grant application;
  • Outreach projects with the City of Amsterdam or other stakeholders going beyond a one-off event (e.g. series of public debates, interventions in public space).

These are all examples of activities that CUS members or members from other Research Priority Areas have organised after being awarded a grant. We highly encourage creativity and are therefore very much open to activities and ideas other than mentioned above. 

On the CUS website  you can find inspiring examples of activities funded in previous rounds. Eligible for Seed Grants XL are all CUS members, as well as groups of applicants including at least one CUS member. Besides financial support, the Centre for Urban Studies will help with the practical organisation and communication of the awarded initiatives.

Procedure

The description should clearly explain:

  • why this project applies for 10.000 EURO instead of 2.500 EURO (what this larger grant makes possible that cannot be done with a smaller amount - this is a key selection criterion);
  • the goal(s) of the project;
  • how it adds value to the Centre for Urban Studies, fits its mission in terms of inter- and/or transdisciplinarity and – if applicable – to the thematic focus on the ‘urban commons’;
  • its timeline, including the expected completion date;
  • how its results/outcomes will be presented to the Urban Studies community (and possibly beyond)
  • a project budget;

To be considered for this round, please send a project description of max. 600 words to: urbanstudies@uva.nl 10 May 17.00

This is the second call for Seed Grant initiatives in 2019. A Visiting Scholar Grant call, aimed at stimulating new, innovative and collaborative research and initiatives, is scheduled in Spring 2019. This Spring two new types of grants - the Fellowship Grant and a Teaching Buyout Grant - are also scheduled. The Fellowship Grants are provided to support recently graduated master students that are aspiring to a PhD position, or PhD students that are aspiring to a Post Doc position, both from within and outside of the UvA. Teaching Buyout Grants are provided to assist permanent staff in writing a major research grant application or in the development of a strategic project.