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The Centre for Urban Studies launches a new round of Seed Grants to be spent in 2022. In this round, four Seed Grants with a maximum of up to €2.500 per grant, and three Seed Grants XL with a maximum of up to €10.000 per grant will be awarded.

Aims and criteria

The grants are provided to help to realise academic dreams through assisting our members in their work, in fostering an inter/transdisciplinary dialogue, and in stimulating original research in the field of Urban Studies. We especially appreciate initiatives that:

  • aim to develop new research funding proposals;
  • bring together academic research and work on Urban Studies from different departments and disciplines; not only from different programme groups within the same department;  
  • foster exchange and collaborations between researchers from CUS and researchers from outside the faculty of social and behavioural sciences; 
  • foster exchange and collaborations between researchers from CUS and international partners and business partners;
  • facilitate dialogue between academic researchers and local, national and international stakeholders;
  • involve PhD students or (research) master students;
  • contribute 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).

The Seed Grant XL (€10.000) aims to support and facilitate bigger and more innovative research initiatives (the ‘academic dreams’) of CUS’ research staff, which cannot be realised within the budget of a regular Seed Grant (€2.500). It can be initiated by both permanent and temporary staff (PhDs, Post Docs, contracted staff).


Examples of projects to be considered for funding are:

  • assistance for coordinating research bids for large international collaborative projects (JPI urban Europe, Horizon, etc.). Please note: the CUS will also assist coordination of large projects; not participation as partners on projects coordinated by other universities;
  • joint conferences, workshops or seminar series between different disciplines;
  • activities reinforcing international collaborations such as seminars or conferences; 
  • outreach projects with stakeholders that go beyond just a one-off event with the City of Amsterdam, and with national or international formats; e.g. series of public debates, continuous panel discussions, interventions in public space;
  • funding an urban artist or journalist in residence, who will contribute specifically to disseminating academic work within the CUS;
  • funding a video, animation, exhibition, podcast, or performance to communicate an urban research publication to the wider public (published international peer reviewed journal articles and book monographs will be given priority);
  • writing retreats (to collectively write a research proposal, but also a paper);
  • larger pilot studies, funds for data acquisition for an existing project, or other activities to support the development of a new research line, preferably leading to a research grant application.

These are examples, but we highly encourage creativity and are therefore open to new activities and ideas other than mentioned above. 

Eligible for Seed Grants and Seed Grants XL are all CUS members, as well as groups of applicants including at least one CUS member. One person can only apply once for the same call (either regular or XL). Additionally, each proposal should involve a member from at least two different programme groups, departments or faculties. Seed grant budgets cannot be used for compensating work hours by UvA staff.

Besides financial support, the Centre for Urban Studies will assist in the communication of the projects that are awarded a grant. The practical organization of the activities remains the responsibility of the grant holders. We expect the projects to begin and end in 2022.


To be eligible, the proposal should not exceed 750 words. It should also include all of the following sections, in this order:

  1. an outline of the immediate and longer-term goal(s) of the project;
  2. an explanation of how the project adds value to the Centre for Urban Studies;
  3. an explanation of how the project advances inter- and/or transdisciplinarity;
  4. an explanation of how – if applicable – the project contributes to the thematic focus on the ‘urban commons’;
  5. a timeline, including the expected completion date and milestones;
  6. a detailed project budget (please break down expenses);
  7. the expected academic outputs; 
  8. a broader dissemination strategy. How results/outcomes will be presented to the Urban Studies community and how you will reach a broader national and international audience;
  9. a follow up / continuation strategy: how do you envision follow up in terms of research funding bids? Through what schemes? And who will collaborate? 

Seed Grant XL proposals can reach 1000 words, and should also include an additional section on: 

  1. why this project should be awarded €10.000 instead of €2.500 (what this larger grant makes possible that cannot be done with a smaller one).

To be considered for this round of Seed Grants and Seed Grants XL, please send a project description of max. 750 words to: by Friday December 24th 2021 at the latest. Applications arriving after this date will not be considered.

Selection process

If applications only marginally outnumber the available funding (when there are seven or less applications and/or when there is a significant difference in quality), the grants will be awarded by the director and coordinator of the Centre for Urban Studies, based on the CVs of the applicants and the criteria stated above. We expect to do this early January 2022. If applications significantly outnumber funding possibilities (when there are more than seven applications and/or when there are no significant differences in quality), the director and coordinator will prepare a report supporting a potential decision and submit it to the Executive and Advisory boards of the Centre for Urban Studies. In case consensus cannot be reached, a vote will be called.

Further information

Do you have any questions or do you require additional information? Please contact:

Would you like to learn more about the members and work of the Centre for Urban Studies? Visit our website.

We very much look forward to receiving your project proposals!