Seed funding for Research Initiatives

Deadline: 01.05.2020

IMISCOE encourages scholars from the network to explore new opportunities for research, collaboration and publications. Therefore, it provides seed funding to the development of new research (by developing research proposals), joint publications or other activities around specific topics or new niches of research.

Existing successful research initiatives are also encouraged to apply if they can clearly identify why further support from IMISCOE is needed for new activities. For more information on IMISCOE standing committees and research initiatives, see

Call for proposals

Deadline: 1st of May 2020

IMISCOE provides the following forms of support to initiatives:

  • A maximum amount of 5000 euros for the period of one year (June 2020 –June 2021) as seed funding for research activities such as convening meetings, producing research proposals, achieving publications, etc.
  • Allocation of one guaranteed panel for every research inititiative during the IMISCOE annual conference. This can be used for a working meeting, a panel, a workshop, or any other type of activity.
  • Communication of research activities on and via the IMISCOE website, social media and IMISCOE newsletters.

To be eligible for IMISCOE funding, a proposal must meet the following criteria:

  • The person(s) leading a proposal must be individual member of IMISCOE and must be employed at one of the IMISCOE member institutes. Non-IMISCOE members (also from non-member institutes) can participate, but not as leader/chair. Member institutes can only receive funding for max. 2 research initiatives, not including initiatives that have been awarded funding in the past and manage to continue without new funds.
  • The proposal should include a list of expected outputs of the initiatives/activities.
  • The proposal should be clear on how the funding is used. The funding cannot be used for attending the annual IMISCOE conference or the Spring conference. If funding is proposed to be used for attending other conferences the rationale must explicitly be formulated in the proposal.
  • Personnel costs may only take up to 20% of the budget.
  • The proposal should include an activity of the proposed research initiative at the upcoming IMISCOE annual conference.

Proposals will be reviewed by the Executive Board of IMISCOE. The proposals will be reviewed according to the following award criteria:

  • Argumentation of academic excellence of the proposal; how does the proposal reach beyond what we know already, in what way is it innovative. We encourage disciplinary as well as interdisciplinary proposals.
  • Concreteness of the proposal in terms of output/outcomes; this can be either a joint publication effort (book/journal) or a joint effort to write a research proposal. For research proposals, it is recommended to mention the intended funding scheme to which the proposal will be submitted.
  • Composition of the consortium:
    • Excellence of the researchers involved in the proposal. Include a full CV of the cluster leader, and a list of other participants (including their positions and institutional affiliation).
    • Representation of scholars from different career stages, preferably also including PhD Students.
    • Representation of different countries and a fair number of IMISCOE member institutes and individual members.
    • Gender balance preferably also involvement of scholars with a migration background.
  • If the research initiative is following up on activities from previous years, then the proposal has to be explicit on what has been achieved already and what the new activities will add to these achievements.
  • Conditions for funding should have been met, which include:
    • Research Initiatives can ask a maximum of 5000 euros.
    • Funding can only be allocated to IMISCOE member institutes. This institute should take the leadership over the initiative.
    • Individual members as well as non-IMISCOE researchers can participate, if approved by the research initiative leader(s).
    • Member institutes can be coordinating a maximum of 2 funded research initiatives at a time. They can participate in as many initiatives as feasible, but only receive funding for two clusters as coordinating institute.
    • The funding should be used to initiate new activities (convening meetings, inviting guest speakers, etc.).
    • Funding cannot be used for attending the annual IMISCOE conference or the Spring Conference. If funding is proposed to be used for attending other conferences the rationale must explicitly be formulated in the proposal.
    • Max. 20% of the costs may be attributed to personnel costs.

The (coordinator of the) research initiative has the task to report on activities and spending at the end of the funding period.

A standard form for research proposals is available for download. Only proposals that use this standard form are eligible. Please send your proposals to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before May 1st 2020. The outcomes of the review will be made available after the Board of Directors Meeting on the 30th of June 2020.

  document Form Research Cluster Proposal (19 KB)

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