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Funding, Grants & Competitions

  • NWO TOP-grants for curiosity-driven research in astronomy, computer science and mathematics

    Deadline: Tuesday 1 May 2018

    The TOP-Grants for curiosity-driven research for astronomy, computer science and mathematics are divided into two modules. Module 1 is a grant for senior researchers with a proven track record of significant research results in the last ten years. Module 2 is a grant for junior researchers at the beginning of their scientific career.

    This competition is set up for proposals for innovative or high-risk scientific research that addresses questions of high quality and urgency. Applications should have evident importance for astronomy, computer science and/or mathematics.

  • NWO Vici

    Deadline: Tuesday 27 March 2018
    Vici is a funding instrument from the Talent Scheme. It gives senior researchers the opportunity to build up their own research group, often in anticipation of a tenured professorship. The research group must become structurally embedded in the research institution.
  • High Performance Computing and Networking grant

    Deadline: Thursday 31 May 2018

    High Performance Computing and Networking (HPCN) facilities are ICT infrastructure components designed to facilitate research and education and raise them to a higher level. The Faculty of Science administers a HPCN Fund designed to provide the UvA with HPCN facilities and the research community with broad access to relevant expertise.

    The aim of the fund is to make a positive contribution to the UvA's e-Science infrastructure and to make it available to as many members of the university's academic staff as possible. Another objective is to increase the incoming volume of revenue for e-Science research from indirect government and contract research funding. You are invited to submit proposals based on the call outlined below.

  • UvA385 Grants for PhD candidates

    Deadline: Monday 2 April 2018

    In honour of its 385th anniversary, the UvA introduced special UvA385 grants at the beginning of 2017. These grants enable UvA PhD candidates to gain relevant international experience for their research. The grants will be awarded in two rounds: the first grants were awarded in June 2017, and the application period for the second round of grants will begin in early 2018.

  • UvA FGw Cutting Edge Research Fund (extended deadline)

    Deadline: Saturday 30 June 2018

    The UvA Faculty of Humanities offers the funding scheme 'Cutting Edge Research Fund' that fosters international collaboration aimed at innovative, cutting edge research. The Fund was made available by the Sustainable Humanities Programme (Duurzame Geesteswetenschappen). The 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 International funding by a consortium.

    The deadline for submitting applications for the UvA FGw Cutting Edge Research Fund has been extended. Applications are invited for two types of grants: 1. Network Grants and 2. Research Fellowships.  Applications can be submitted continuously until no later than 30 June 2018.

  • Call for Nominations: Ackermann Award 2018

    Deadline: Wednesday 4 April 2018

    The Ackermann Award is the EACSL Outstanding Dissertation Award for Logic in Computer Science. Nominations are now invited for the 2018 Ackermann Award. PhD dissertations in topics specified by the CSL and LICS conferences, which were formally accepted as PhD theses at a university or equivalent institution between 1.1.2016 and 31.12.2017 are eligible for nomination for the award. The 2018 Ackermann award will be presented to the recipient(s) at the annual conference of the EACSL, 4-7 September 2018, in Birmingham (UK).

    For more information, see http://www.eacsl.org/submissionsAck.html or contact Thomas Schwentick at .
  • TWCF independent research fellowships in the power of information

    Deadline: Friday 27 April 2018

    The Templeton World Charity Foundation is currently seeking exceptional applicants for the Templeton Independent Research Fellowships in the Power of Information. Each Fellowship will provide financial support of up to $110,000 per year for up to three years, tenable at any recognized university or research institution in the world. Fellows will enjoy the freedom to pursue independent research that contributes to the overall goal of our Power of Information Initiative, at an institution of the fellow’s choosing. Leading labs at top universities in nine countries—such as MIT and Oxford—have already expressed interest in hosting successful applicants.

  • NWO Rubicon

    Deadline: Thursday 29 March 2018

    Rubicon aims to encourage talented researchers at Dutch universities and research institutes run by KNAW and NWO to dedicate themselves to a career in postdoctoral research. To this purpose, Rubicon offers talented researchers who have completed their doctorates in the past year the chance to gain experience at a top research institution outside the Netherlands, as international research experience is likely to be an advantage at a later stage in the applicant's academic career.

    For more information, see https://www.nwo.nl/en/funding/our-funding-instruments/nwo/rubicon/index.html or contact Dhr. drs. J.S. Voskuilen at .
  • E. W. Beth Dissertation Prize, 2018

    Deadline: Monday 23 April 2018

    Since 2002, FoLLI (the Association for Logic, Language, and Information) has awarded the E.W. Beth Dissertation Prize to outstanding dissertations in the fields of Logic, Language, and Information. We invite submissions for the best dissertation which resulted in a Ph.D. degree awarded in 2017.

    For more information, see http://www.folli.info/?page_id=251 or contact Ian Pratt-Hartmann at .
  • ERC Proof of Concept Grant

    Deadline: Wednesday 18 April 2018
    Frontier research often generates unexpected or new opportunities for commercial or societal application. The ERC Proof of Concept Grants aim to maximise the value of the excellent research that the ERC funds, by funding further work (i.e. activities which were not scheduled to be funded by the original ERC frontier research grant) to verify the innovation potential of ideas arising from ERC funded projects. Proof of Concept Grants are therefore on offer only to Principal Investigators whose proposals draw substantially on their ERC funded research.
  • Open call for COST Actions proposals

    Deadline: Friday 20 April 2018

    COST Actions are bottom-up science and technology networks, open to researchers and stakeholders with a duration of four years. They are active through a range of networking tools, such as workshops,
    conferences, training schools, short-term scientific missions (STSMs), and dissemination activities. COST does not fund research itself.

    Proposals are invited for COST Actions contributing to the scientific, technological, economic, cultural or societal knowledge advancement and development of Europe. Multi- and interdisciplinary proposals are encouraged.

    For more information, see http://www.cost.eu/participate/open_call.
  • VCLA International Student Awards in memory of Helmut Veith

    Deadline: Sunday 25 March 2018

    The Vienna Center for Logic and Algorithms of TU Wien (Vienna University of Technology), calls for the nomination of authors of outstanding theses and scientific works in the field of Logic and Computer Science, in the following two categories:
    · Outstanding Master Thesis Award
    · Outstanding Undergraduate Thesis Award (Bachelor thesis or equivalent, 1st cycle of the Bologna process)

    The main areas of interest are: Computational Logic, Databases and Artificial Intelligence, and Verification. The degree must have been awarded between November 15th 2015 and December 31st 2017.

    The award is dedicated to the memory of Helmut Veith, the brilliant computer scientist who tragically passed away in March 2016, and aims to carry on his commitment to promoting young talent and promising researchers in these areas.

    For more information, see http://logic-cs.at/award-call-2018/ or contact .
  • New funding instrument of the NWO Domain Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH)


    During the course of 2018, NWO will implement a simplified set of funding instruments in all domains. From 1 August 2018 onwards, researchers will be able to submit proposals for the first calls that have been published according to this new model. Within the open competition there will be a single domain-wide instrument for curiosity-driven fundamental research: open competition aimed at large and small projects. With this new system, the NWO executive board intends to create greater clarity in the research funding.

    The text for the call for proposals and the application form for this new funding instrument will become available during the course of 2018 via the NWO website.

  • Support tracks for individual grants

    The Grant Team of the Faculty of Humanities offers special support tracks for individual grants (in particular Rubicon, Marie Skłodowska-Curie, Veni-Vidi-Vici and ERC grants). These support tracks consist of several plenary meetings with the candidates. You review the proposals of your fellow candidates, get feedback from fellows outside your own discipline and get advice from laureates or (former) evaluation committee members during workshops. You also receive feedback on your proposal from the grant and budget advisors within our team (please see the 'contact' page for more information on who should be contacted).

  • Horizon 2020 calls with a deadline in 2018

    Deadline: Monday 31 December 2018

    Horizon 2020 is the principal research and innovation programme from the European Commission. It succeeded the 7th framework programme and will run from 2014 until 2020.

    Calls with a deadline in 2018 currently include

    • Euratom

    • Excellent Science

    • Industrial Leadership

    • Science with and for Society

    • Societal Challenges

    • Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation

  • Research fellowships at the Paris IAS in 2019-2020

    Deadline: Tuesday 3 April 2018

    The Paris Institute for Advanced Study is launching two calls for applications for research fellowships in 2019-2020 open to researchers of all nationalities.

    - one call for 5 or 10-month fellowships in the "Blue Sky Research" program, open to all disciplines and themes in the humanities and social sciences.

    - one call for 5 or 10-month fellowships in the “Brain, Culture and Society” program. This call is for researchers willing to conduct a project at the interface between neuroscience, cognitive science and the humanities and social sciences.

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