CLUE+ Funding


CLUE+ is the interfaculty research institute for culture, cognition, history and heritage, based at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. It brings together researchers from a wide variety of academic disciplines within four VU faculties to jointly investigate common themes and to reflect upon and formulate strategies towards societal challenges. To that end, CLUE+ offers its staff assistance in organizing scientific meetings, putting together grant applications, forming consortia and undertaking valorization initiatives, amongst other things. It also offers financial support for a range of initiatives and activities. In the Funding Guide we provide information on the various funding opportunities, on how to apply, and on the application criteria and process.

Visit the Funding Guide (pdf.) here.

Please see the menu below for more information about the types of funding available and the application process.

Due to the Corona crisis, CLUE+ has decided to change its funding policy temporarily, at least for the remaining months of 2020. With a significant drop in opportunities for corona sensitive activities like conferences, workshops, lecture series, fellowships and travel grants, for the rest of 2020 we would like to prioritize instead the following, less corona sensitive actions, under the banner of the CLUE+ CORONA CALL:
1.    Writing proposals to participate in research calls;
2.    Open access publications in peer reviewed, on-line journals or books
3.    On-line valorisation activities.
Ad 1. Writing proposals to participate in research calls.

The calls can be either programmatic (e.g. H2020, NWA, NWO Large) or individual (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)
    • 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,-. (all costs have to be made in 2020).
    (If your budget contains wages paid for employment (for someone else), the amount requested must be checked by the HRM officer (Veronique Bremers: and the Head of Finance (Patricia La Chira Marquina: of FGW, who is the Secretary of CLUE+.)

Deadline for submission proposals: 1 July 2020
Selection of winning proposals: 15 July 2020
Writing of application: fall/winter 2020

Ad 2.    Open access publications in peer reviewed on-line journals and books.

If you have a paper or book (almost) ready to be published in an open access, peer reviewed, on line journal or series, you can apply for CLUE+ funding of a max. of 2.000,-. for the costs of this open access publication. 

How to apply?

Applicants must submit the following documents: 

  • Cover letter, explaining why you prefer this journal or series and providing information on the peer review process (max. 1 page A4). 
  • Abstract and draft version of the paper or book.
  • Budget estimate of max. €2.000,- ( all costs have to be made in 2020).

Deadline for submission proposals: 1 July 2020
Selection of winning proposals: 15 July 2020 (but the funding will be made available only when the publication has been formally accepted; all costs have to be made in 2020).

Ad 3.On-line valorisation activities.

CLUE+ offers funding of a max. €2.000,- for an on-line valorisation project you wish to organize in 2020 (e.g. on-line course for professionals, summer school, honours class)

How to apply?

Applicants must submit the following documents: 

  • Proposal  (max. 2 pages) of on-line valorisation project, including:
    • Type of valorisation (e.g. education, PR, economic)
    • Aim of the project 
    • Target group
    • Impact (scientific/societal)
    • Link and added value to CLUE+ research project (mandatory)
  • Detailed budget estimate of max. €2.000,- (e.g. all costs have to be made in 2020).

Deadline for submission proposals: 1 July 2020
Selection of winning proposals: 15 July 2020

All applications will be assessed by the CLUE+ Management Team according to the following criteria:
• The quality, innovative nature and scientific impact of the proposal;
• Degree of interdisciplinarity;
•    Feasibility;
• Knowledge utilization and societal impact;
•    Attention for diversity
• link with the CLUE+ projects and programmes and with the main CLUE+ VU profile theme of Connected World, as described HERE.

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

The CLUE+ Activity Fund is intended for (research) activities and initiatives that are in line with the objectives and themes of CLUE+. The funding opportunities are open to all individual researchers or research groups that are formally attached to CLUE+. You can apply for funding up to €3.000,-.
This fund offers talented Post-docs, PhD candidates and (research) master students, working within the framework of CLUE+,  the opportunity to prepare or submit an application for further research or to improve their CV through activities that will enhance their career prospects in the academic sector. The fund is meant for excellent young Post-docs, PhD candidates and (research) master students who have a remarkable talent for scientific research, who want to enter the world of academia, and who want to develop their skills in a CLUE+ framework. You can apply for funding up to €3.000,-.

The CLUE+ research institute seeks to promote its innovative research by attracting visiting researchers from around the world. One of the ways we do this is the CLUE+ Fellowship Programme. This programme provides funding for two types of researchers:

•    CLUE+ Research Fellows: Experienced academics who hold a doctoral degree. In addition to pursuing independent research, visiting fellows are expected to collaborate on research projects and publications with CLUE+ members. You can apply for funding up to €5.000,-.

•    CLUE+ Affiliated Researcher: senior or junior researchers (with a doctoral degree or enrolled in a doctoral programme) who wish to benefit from working in the context of one of the CLUE+ programmes. No funding is given to the CLUE+ Affiliated Researcher. Only the costs for a guest status will be paid by the institute.

CLUE+ currently publishes one series: the Landscape and Heritage Series (LHS). Publications in LHS are partially funded by CLUE+. This fund is not meant for funding of:

•    Editing of a volume or book in another series or by another publisher;
•    Translation costs of a volume or book;
•    Publication costs other then they above mentioned costs for a volume or book in another series or by another publisher.


All application will be discussed in the monthly Management Team (MT) meeting of CLUE+. Below you will find the dates of the MT meetings, as well as the application deadlines in the second semester of the academic year 2019-2020. 

Date MT Meeting    
Deadline Applications    
6 April 2020
30 March 2020
May18 May 2020
11 May 2020
June8 June 2020
1 June 2020


All applications must be sent to CLUE+ by e-mail ( Only complete applications will be considered. Please use the checklist applicable to your situation.

Activity Fund
Early Career Fund    
Fellowship Fund
Publication Fund
Application form
Motivation letter (max. 1 page A4)
Detailed budget overview


Letter of recommendation CLUE+ researcher


Letter of recommendation CLUE+ Professor of supervisor


Recommendation of the reading committee (in case of a PhD thesis)

NWO approval of the Veni pre-proposal (in case of PhD candidates who want to submit a full Veni proposal)


Letter from the supervisor concerning the formal approval of the final MA thesis (in case of ReMa or MA student)


List of deliverables


Confirmation that the Affiliated Researcher will have income of his/her own for the entire duration of their stay


AUP Form

(concept) manuscript


For more information please check the Funding Guide CLUE+. Below you will find the downloads for the Funding Guide and Application Form.

•    Funding Guide
•    Application Form

Please make sure to open the Application Form in Adobe Acrobat reader before filling it in, because doing so in an internet browser may not save the information properly. 

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