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Research project grants

Subsidies for academic projects
LUF manages a number of named funds, for which an annual funding round is organised. These funds are intended to subsidise special scientific research and education projects of researchers at Leiden University, often in a defined scientific field. The subsidies range between  € 5,000 and € 25,000.

2018 grants
The crteria for the 2018 round will be published in the week of 20 November 2017 and will be shared with all faculties by mail. 

2017 grants
A total of € 326,000 was available for the 2017 funding round.

The following types of applications were considered for funding:

  1. Scientific research
    These projects can only be submitted by young, active and excellent researchers who obtained their PhD a maximum of five years before the date of submission of the application. NB Female researchers who have given birth to one or more children are granted a standard extension of eighteen months per child, irrespective of the length of the pregnancy leave and/or parental leave and irrespective of when the child(ren) was/were born. An application for extension of the submission deadline on for the training to become clinical specialist must always be supported by documents of the department Personnel and Organisation of the employer, in which the formal downturn appears in working time, as well as a final test of the training / BIG of KNMG -registration.

    The research must be:
    a.    Innovative, independent, time-limited projects for which no other funding source is available;
    b.    Pilot projects in preparation for future, larger grant applications to NWO, ERC or other funds.

  2. Teaching projects
    These projects must lead to structural (long-term) innovations or improvements in academic education.

Applications are assessed by the Committee for Academic Expenditure (CWB), which  is made up of professors from Leiden University. The members are nominated by the Board of Deans and appointed by the LUF Board following nomination by the Council of Deans.

The criteria applied in assessing the applications:
1.    the innovative character of the project
2.    how clearly the problem is defined
3.    the project’s scientific significance
4.    the soundness of the research methodology
5.    the applicant’s CV, which should demonstrate the required excellence (not applicable to teaching projects)
6.     the project’s compatibility with the University’s research profile
7.     the possibility of the project having direct societal impact
8.    the potential for opening up new fields of research
​9.    an adequate budget that explains why the project cannot be funded elsewhere. 

Each fund has additional criteria, which are set out below.

The application form can be downloaded here. Your request must be submitted before Monday, February 6th 2017 09:00. The application form can be sent to

Both material and staffing costs are eligible for funding. The actual costs should be budgeted without faculty overheads. Staffing costs should be based on the costs of the individuals who carry out the work.  Lab facilities that can be arranged internally should not be budgeted at more than cost price.  

The competition for funding has been very fierce in recent years. Each applicant can be involved in only one application per funding round.  If your project seems relevant for more than one fund, choose the fund that seems most appropriate. Once you have submitted your application, it may be passed on by the committee to another fund if this is more likely to result in a funding grant. 


Subsidies are available from the following funds:

  • Bakels Fund for natural science research in archaeology (€ 5,000 available);
  • Prof. A.W. Byvanck Fund for archaeological or art historical research, preferably relating to the Mediterranean region (€ 10,000 available);
  • Den Dulk-Moermans Fund for scientific research in the field of health in a broad sense (€ 50,000 available);
  • Elise Mathilde Fund/LUF for all fields of science (€100,000 available);
  • Gratama Foundation/LUF for all fields of science, preferably projects that have societal relevance (€125,000 available);
  • Nypels-van der Zee Fund for medical projects that examine / develop new, revolutionary technologies (€ 25,000 available);
  • Schim van der Loeff Fund  for a project in the area of international law, in particular relating to foreign nationals. Projects in the area of national and international private law rules relating to foreign nationals are also considered (€ 6,000 available).




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