Funding opportunities

KNAW call: Valuing Science Communication

Do you regularly share your academic research with the wider world? Then the KNAW pilot call ‘Valuing Science Communication’ could be for you.

FASoS can propose one project to recognise and reward academics who frequently communicate their research (and have done so at least one year prior to applying for this call).

The budget per project is €10,000. Projects must be carried out by at least 3 researchers, involve PhD researchers, and results must be shared within the faculty.
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Wanted: creative initiatives in times of corona

Despite this strange and uncertain period, the University Fund Limburg/SWOL awards subsidies to projects and activities of UM students and UM (scientific) staff.

The UFL/SWOL is looking for creative (online) initiatives, such as a congress, symposium, workshop, and so on. Or perhaps you are a staff member with a corona-related research proposal?

Apply before 6 November 2020 (students) and 13 November 2020 (staff). More information can be found here.

Call for ideas for Synergy Award ’21

NWO published a call for social sciences and humanities PhD students who want to make a positive impact on society to submit their idea and enter the Synergy Award ’21.

Submission deadline is Monday 16 November 2020, 14.00.

The Synergy Award aims to connect PhD students with academic and non-academic professionals to explore the practical dimensions of their research.

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CERiM Visiting Fellowship

The Centre of European Research in Maastricht (CERiM) offers a visiting fellowship programme that enables researchers to spend a period of time (min. 4 weeks, max. 3 months) at one of the faculties associated with the Centre (FASoS, Faculty of Law, FHML, SBE and UCM).

For more information on how to apply, visit the CERiM website.

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Deadline pre-proposals NWO Open Competition SSH postponed

The next deadline for pre-proposals for the NWO Open Competition SSH has been postponed until September 2021 (instead of January 2021).

The exact date will be announced at a later moment. The call has not yet been opened, but it is expected that it will be possible to submit pre-proposals from mid-April 2021 onwards.

Call for applications RSF and VSF – round 3, 2020

The calls for the Research Stimulation Fund (RSF) as well as the ‘Valorisatie’ Stimulation Fund (VSF) are open as of today (1 October). Download the calls below for more information and use one of the applicable application forms to submit your proposal by Monday 2 November 2020, 12.00 to

NWO museum grants

NWO museum grants are intended for individual employees of museums who carry out research related to the collection.

Research proposals must clearly explain the importance of the research for the museum institution or the museum sector. The project needs to result in an open access publication.

Budget is between €10,000 en €25,000, duration is 1 year. The museum employee is the main applicant, the academic is the co-applicant. Deadline is 5 January 2021.

REI Platform call for Research Integrity and Ethics Grants

The Platform for Research Ethics and Integrity is getting ready to launch their annual call for their UM Ethics and Integrity Grants. This small Grant of €10,000 can be used for any project or activity aiming to facilitate Good Conduct of Research of our UM community.

Please note that the call will launch on Thursday 1 October 2020, and closes on Sunday 15 November 2020. For more information, contact us at

NWO call: the transition to a circular carbon system

NWO has launched a call for proposals on ‘Circularity: the transition to a circular carbon system’.

The focus of the call is to come to societally supported solutions that contribute to a CO2 emission reduction throughout the entire value chain. The thematic focus is on circular plastics and organic resources.

The deadline for submitting pre-proposals is 26 January 2021 and for full applications 25 May 2021.

FASoS selection procedure NWO PhD’s in the humanities

Are you an associate or full professor and have you spotted a talented humanities student who has done or is in his/her last year of the MA (esp. a Research Master)?

The NWO programme PhDs in the humanities finances individual PhD positions. FASoS is likely to be able to nominate three PhD candidates to NWO, which must be done by the dean.

Interested? Please read the selection procedure and submit your proposal by 4 January 2021.

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