CLUE+ Funding

CLUE+ CALL FOR FUNDING PROPOSALS

Due to the success of the Covid-19 calls in May and September 2020, the Interfaculty Research Institute CLUE+ has decided to redesign its funding policy. We have found that two annual calls for proposals make the CLUE+ funding process more accessible and transparent for our researchers. In 2021, two calls for proposals will therefore be issued for funding for four types of activities: 

  1. Writing proposals to participate in (large) research calls;
  2. Research assistants for support research activities;
  3. Open access publications in peer-reviewed (online) journals or (book) series;
  4. (On-line) valorisation activities.


The next round will take place in the summer of 2021. 

Deadline for submission proposals: 31 January, 2021 before 23:59 hrs.
Selection of winning proposals: 15 February 2021
Cashing funding amount: before 1 December, 2021

Please note: only CLUE+ members or research are eligible for CLUE+ calls.

Ad 1. Writing proposals to participate in (large) research calls. The calls can be either programmatic (e.g. H2020, NWA, NWO Large) or individual ones (e.g. NWO Open Competition, Innovation scheme; ERC).
The CLUE+ grant, of € 3.000,-, will allow you to fund your replacement of your education tasks during the time that you are preparing your grant application.

Why participate?

Participating in this call will give you an excellent opportunity to develop your ideas for a research proposal.

How to apply?

Applications must contain the following documents:

  • A draft proposal of max. 3 pages. The draft proposal should contain:
        - The name and deadline of the call you want to participate.
        - Central aims and objectives of the project
        - Challenge (scientific/societal)
        - Strategy/methodology
        - Innovativeness
        - Impact (scientific/societal)
        - Identification of call(s)
        - Required expertise/composition research group
  • Letter of consent from the Head of Department in case of replacement funding. (When you apply for replacement funding during the time that you are preparing your grant application, a letter of consent is required from your Department Head regarding the time you want to be replaced.)
  • Detailed budget estimate of max. €3.000,-. (i.e. all costs have to be made in 2021). (If your budget contains wages paid for employment (for someone else), the amount requested must be checked by the HRM officer (Veronique Bremers: v.a.m.j.bremers@vu.nl) and the Head of Finance (Patricia La Chira Marquina: p.l.lachiramarquina@vu.nl) of FGW, who is the Secretary of CLUE+.)

The proposals with an interdisciplinary focus and linking up with the main CLUE+ VU profile theme of Connected World will be prioritized, as described here.

All applications should be addressed to the CLUE+ policy officer, Rita van der Schriek-Hermans and sent to clue@vu.nl. As soon as all documents have been received, the applicant will be sent an acknowledgement of receipt.


Ad 2. Due to the Corona situation many researchers have been extremely busy with the preparations for online courses. Therefore, they did not have sufficient time for their research activities. CLUE+ gives the opportunity to hire a research assistant for a brief period. The main criterium for this opportunity is that the assistant helps you with your research.

The CLUE+ grant, of € 3.000,-, will allow you to hire an assistant to help you with your research activities.

How to apply?

Applications must contain the following documents:

  • A draft proposal of max. 3 pages in which you motivate how and why you need a research assistant.
  • Detailed budget estimate of max. €3.000,-. (i.e. all costs have to be made in 2021). (If your budget contains wages paid for employment (for someone else), the amount requested must be checked by the HRM officer (Veronique Bremers: v.a.m.j.bremers@vu.nl) and the Head of Finance (Patricia La Chira Marquina: p.l.lachiramarquina@vu.nl) of FGW, who is the Secretary of CLUE+.)

The proposals with an interdisciplinary focus and linking up with the main CLUE+ VU profile theme of Connected World will be prioritized, as described here.

All applications should be addressed to the CLUE+ policy officer, Rita van der Schriek-Hermans and sent to clue@vu.nl. As soon as all documents have been received, the applicant will be sent an acknowledgement of receipt.


Ad 3.    Open access publications in peer-reviewed (online) journals or book (series).
If you have plans to publish a paper or book in an open access peer-reviewed (online) journal or book (series), you can apply for funding for the costs of this open access publication. CLUE+ will fund a max. of €2.000,- for your open access, peer reviewed publication.

How to apply?

Applicants must submit the following documents:

  • Cover letter (max. 1 page A4).
  • (Draft) paper/article/manuscript.
  • Detailed budget estimate of max. €2.000,- (e.g. all costs have to be made in 2021).

All applications should be addressed to the CLUE+ policy officer, Rita van der Schriek-Hermans and sent to clue@vu.nl. As soon as all documents have been received, the applicant will be sent an acknowledgement of receipt.


Ad 4. Valorisation activities. 

CLUE+ offers funding of a max. €2.000,- for valorisation activities you want to organize or are organizing in 2021.

How to apply?

Applicants must submit the following documents: 

  • Cover letter (max. 1 page A4).
  • Detailed budget estimate of max. €2.000,- (e.g. all costs have to be made in 2021).

All applications should be addressed to the CLUE+ policy officer, Rita van der Schriek-Hermans and sent to clue@vu.nl. As soon as all documents have been received, the applicant will be sent an acknowledgement of receipt.