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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.

Project grants 2018
​The 2018 budget for project grants amounts to € 581,200. Your application can be submitted until Monday 5 February at 9.00 hrs. See below under Criteria and procedure.

Projects for which an application can be submitted
Project in the fields of research and education quality under the following general criteria:

1. Research projects
Research projects can be submitted by excellent young researchers who received their PhD no more than five years prior to the date of the submission* (i.e. in 2013 or more recent).
*) The five-year criterion does not apply for the Archeology funds and the Schim van der Loeff Fund, since these are relative small research areas.
Female researchers who have given birth to one or more children, are granted per child a standard extension of eighteen months of the five-year period, irrespective of the length of the pregnancy leave and/or parental leave and irrespective of when the child(ren) was/were born.

Research projects must be:
a. innovative, stand-alone, conducted over a defined period of time and for which there are no other forms of finance available, or
b. pilot projects in preparation for bigger future applications to NWO, ERC or other funds.

2. Education projects
Education projects must be focused on structural, long-term innovations or improvements in academic teaching.

Specific criteria for research project and education projects
Applications are judged by the LUF Committee for Academic Expenditure (CWB), which consists of professors of all faculties. The members are nominated by the Board of Deans and appointed by the LUF Board.

The criteria applied in assessing research projects are as follows:
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 excellence
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.

The criteria applied in assessing education projects are as follows:
1. the innovative character of the project
2. how clearly the problem is defined
3. the approach compared with existing education methods
4. experience in education and related motivation, supported by applicant’s cv
5. an adequate budget that explains why the project cannot be funded elsewhere.

Funds available and their specific criteria
Each fund has its own criteria regarding eligible domains of science. The available budget is mentioned between brackets.

All research fields
• Gratama Foundation/LUF for all fields of science, in particular for projects with a positive societal impact (€ 175,000);
• Elise Mathilde Fund/LUF for all fields of science (€ 125,000).
Health and Medicine
• Den Dulk-Moermans Fund for projects in the research area of health (€ 100,000);
• Nypels-Van der Zee Fund for the development of new medical technologies or for the improvement of existing medical technologies with the aim of advancing health care (€ 25,000);
• Mulder-Hamelers Fund for research in the field of endocrinology (€ 25,000);
• Dr. F.F. Hofman Fund for education and research in the area of gastrointestinal medicine, preferably for education (€ 25,000).
(Classic) Archeology
• Byvanck Fund: for projects on classical antiquity at the cutting edge of archaeology, art history, ancient history and classical languages. The Byvanck Fund prefers research projects that focus on the Mediterranean (€ 15,000);
• Bakels Fund: for natural scientific research within archaeology (€5,000);
• Fund for Roman Archeology for research in the field of Roman Archeology during the first century before Christ until the end of the fifth century after Christ in North-West Europe, both inside and outside the Roman borders, while the link with the Roman Empire should be clear (€ 5,000).
International Law
• Schim van der Loeff Fund for a scientific project in the field of research of International Law, in particular regarding the position of foreign nationals. Applications may also be submitted for studies on the rules applicable within national and international private law (€ 6,200).
Package and environment
• SVM Fund for projects in the field of package and environment, focused on ease of use and reduction of the environmental impact (€ 75,000).

Eligible costs
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.

Criteria and procedure
Applications are checked on the critera and will then be judged by the Committee for Academic Expendure (CWB). In case of applications for the Gratama fund and the Elise Mathilde Fund the finale decision lies with the committees of these external funds.

The number of applications were high in the past years. Each applicant can be involved in only one application.

Applications must be submitted by email to, consisting of the application form with appendices, including the budget formThe deadline for the receipt of applications is Monday 5 February 2018, at 09.00 hrs. Applications received after the deadline and incomplete applications are not eligible. Applicants will receive a confirmation of receipt and will be informed about the results in the course of May 2018.



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