Call for Applications Research Stimulation and Valorisation Fund

The Faculty wants to stimulate research strengthening the Faculty’s research profile and the valorisation of research through the Research Stimulation and Valorisation Fund (RSF). Grants from the RSF may be used for short research trips, field work, acquiring data, language editing of publications, the organisation of workshops, short visits to colleagues abroad, and other research-related expenses, in particular valorisation activities. Submit your application by Tuesday 26 May 2015 to

Proposed activities are assessed by the OTO. Decisions are taken by the FB, on the advice of the OTO. In the past, the OTO has applied the following criteria:
– Proposals must be related to specific research activities (publications, preparing grant proposals, building networks) or another activity clearly strengthening our research profile.
– They must be aimed at the initiation of new or the valorisation of existing research. Proposals should focus on a clear additional effort going beyond regular research activities.
– In the case of scientific publications, language editing proposals will be preferred over requests for supporting translations, and leading publishers / journals over others. Peer reviewed international publications with highly reputed journals or publishing houses are viewed most favourably.
– Acquiring funding from other sources, so that the RSF is used as matching money together with other sources is also viewed positively.

There are a number of activities which are excluded from RSF funding:
– Grants cannot be used for hiring staff (with the exception of student assistants) or for reducing the teaching load. Student assistants have to be current students at the UM.
– The RSF should not be used to cover funding gaps in ongoing research projects. The RSF wants to trigger new research activities, instead of providing stopgap assistance in existing projects. Exemptions are possible for valorisation activities.
– Conference visits are excluded, unless linked with some other research activities (e.g. doing interviews, establishing a scholarly network, author workshops). Acceptance of the proposed paper has to be secured before submitting to the RSF.
– The OTO / FB will not support the language editing of publications for which a contract / acceptance by a journal has not yet been secured.

Who can apply? What are the conditions?
All staff members of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences can apply. You may submit one application per year. Grants do not exceed € 2.500,-.

Additional information: My UM>MyFASoS>Research Institute>Research funding support and information>Faculty Incentives (RSF/NWO or EU committee)
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