Call for proposals | Cutting Edge Research Fund

1 July 2016

The UvA Faculty of Humanities offers a new funding scheme that fosters international collaboration aimed at innovative, cutting edge research. Applications are invited for two types of grants: 1. Network Grants and 2. Research Fellowships.


The UvA FGw Cutting Edge Research Fund is intended to support research staff in initiating or further developing international networking activities, with the aim of increasing research collaborations with foreign partners that can lead to joint applications for international funding.

Available budget

The Fund was made available by the Sustainable Humanities Programme (Duurzame Geesteswetenschappen).

The total budget of the Fund is € 100.000, with which roughly five Network Grants and four Research Fellowships can be awarded.

Closing date

This scheme operates without formal deadlines. Applicants are able to submit an application continuously until no later than 1 May 2017. We aim to inform applicants of the outcome of their application within two months from the date of submission.

What can be applied for?

1. Network Grants

Applicants can apply for Network Grants of a fixed amount of € 5000. The funding will cover the costs of organising network meetings with foreign partners (e.g., travel and accommodation expenses of participants). The aim of the meeting(s) is to strengthen international collaboration and to jointly explore the possibilities of setting up an international consortium, with the ultimate goal of submitting an application for EU funding by a consortium.

2. Research Fellowships

Applicants can apply for a Research Fellowship consisting of:

  • Release time from teaching duties of 0,2 FTE for one semester (6 months)
  • Bench fee for network meetings: € 5000 for proposal coordinators; € 1000 for partners

The funding will be used to temporarily release a senior staff member from teaching duties to enable him/her to prepare an application for EU funding by a consortium (e.g., Horizon 2020: Marie Curie RISE, Marie Curie ITN, Societal Challenges; Creative Europe; COST). The UvA staff member is the proposal coordinator of the consortium, or has a significant role in the consortium (e.g., work package leader). The bench fee for a proposal coordinator will cover the costs of organising meetings with consortium partners for the preparation of the joint application. The bench fee for a partner will cover personal travel and accommodation expenses.

Who can apply?

1. Network Grants

  • Applicants are researchers employed by the Faculty of Humanities, UvA.

2. Research Fellowships

  • Applicants are senior researchers at the Faculty of Humanities, UvA, and have a tenured position or a temporary appointment for the duration of the EU application process and the research project.
  • Applicants intend to conduct the proposed research project at the UvA, Faculty of Humanities, following the award of the grant.

Application requirements

  • Applications are drawn up in accordance with the guidelines provided in Annex I and II below.
  • The envisaged research project relates to the work of the research school and/or research priority area.
  • A statement of consent is included from the Director of the Research School, stating that the intended research project fits within the research profile of the school.
  • Applicants may only submit one proposal.
  • Applications for Research Fellowships are accompanied by a statement of consent from the Department Chair, ensuring release from teaching duties should the grant be awarded.

Applications assessment

1. Network Grants

An expert panel will consider the applications primarily on the basis of the quality of the applicant, the quality of the consortium, the potential of the project idea, and the organisation and coherency of the work plan.

2. Research Fellowships

An expert panel will consider the applications primarily on the basis of the quality of the applicant, the quality of the consortium, the scientific quality and feasibility of the proposed project, and the organisation and coherency of the work plan.

Submitting an application

Applications can be submitted continuously until no later than 1 May 2017 by e-mail to as one file in PDF format.


Brigit van der Pas,, 020-5256234


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