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A new call for Seed Grant proposals is now open. In 2019, the Centre for Urban Studies will launch three regular rounds of Seed Grants to support and facilitate research initiatives of CUS’ research staff, both permanent and temporary. Besides these three regular rounds a special round of Seed Grants will be launched at the Urban Studies Network Day, supporting collaborative initiatives between urban scholars in the humanities and social sciences, jointly by CUS and ACHI (the Amsterdam Centre for Cultural Heritage and Identity). Finally, in 2019 we will be again able to launch a call for Seed Grants XL (two grants of €10.000 each).

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In this call, the first regular round of 2019, three 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 dialogue, and to stimulate original research in the field of Urban Studies. They aim to bring different people together to discuss ongoing research, or to create a platform to develop and/or get additional feedback on research proposals. 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. The funding of activities enhancing inter- and/or transdisciplinarity, and of activities with potential for spin-off will be prioritized. 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 of projects to be considered for funding are:

  • Joint workshops between different programme groups or disciplines;
  • Activities reinforcing international collaborations;
  • Small scale pilot studies or other activities leading to research grant applications;
  • Different podia to discuss joint research proposals;
  • Outreach projects with the City of Amsterdam or other stakeholders (e.g., public debates, panel discussions).

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 organization and communication of the awarded initiatives.

How to apply

To be considered for the second round, please send a project description of max. 600 words to by the 18th of January 2019. 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 thematic focus;
  • 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.

This is the first call for Seed Grant initiatives this year. Two more regular calls are scheduled for the early Summer and Fall of 2019. A special call for collaborative projects between urban scholars at the Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences and at the Faculty of Humanities will be launched at the Urban Studies Network Day on January 24, 2019. Finally, a call for two Seed Grants XL will be made in the Spring of 2019.