Research Support Portal

Research Idea Exploration Phase

Finding the right funding for your research idea. Exploring what you need to make it happen, checking the viability of the project. Help in searching for the right partners.

Matching a grant opportunity perfectly to your idea is the first crucial step to success.

Funding calendar

Leiden University has a funding calendar for researchers. This calendar shows the current options if you want to apply for research funding, as well as providing advice and guidelines to help you maximise your chance of success. The funding calendar is available to researchers at all stages of their career. 

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Find funding

When you are looking for research funding, you have several different options, such as: 

  • working out your own personal search strategy; 
  • checking the funding calendar; 
  • using a search engine (such as Google) to identify additional grant opportunities.  

When you are preparing to apply, the local grant adviser at your faculty/institute can guide you through the process. If your faculty/institute does not have a contact listed, please contact the University Grant Development Office and they will help you on your way with advice or training.

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Funding types

To make it easier to find the right type of funding for your research project, the grant development team has categorised the different types of funding, and explains the difference between them below. 

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Grant Development Team

Explore the viability and feasibility, both of the project and of making the deadline in time.

Prepare for an individual grant

There are several things you need to think about when you are writing a competitive grant proposal, such as: 

  • Are you eligible? 
  • Is your CV strong enough? 
  • Is your idea good enough? 
  • Is the timing right? 

When you are preparing to apply, the local grant adviser at your faculty/institute can guide you through the process. If your faculty/institute does not have a contact listed, please contact the University Grant Development Office and they will help you on your way with advice or training.

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Prepare for a collaborative grant

A collaborative grant means a lot of coordination and many moving parts. The most important things to consider are: 

  • building your consortium
  • the application timeline
  • who will coordinate it
  • co-funding or matching
  • project management

When you are preparing to apply, the local grant adviser at your faculty/institute can guide you through the process. If your faculty/institute does not have a contact listed, please contact the University Grant Development Office and they will help you on your way with advice or training.

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Application decision tool

Deciding when to apply for funding and finding the right funding instrument can be very tricky. The application decision tool gives you a list of do’s and don’ts that will help guide you through these decisions.

If you are preparing to apply for funding, the local grant adviser at your faculty/institute can guide you through the process. If your faculty/institute does not have a contact listed, please contact the University Grant Development Office and they will help you on your way with advice or training.

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Strengthen your chances of success beforehand.

Strengthen your CV

If you are planning to apply for an individual grant, now is the time to start improving your CV to maximise your chances of success. Click on the link below to learn three important things to focus on when building your CV. 
 

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Building a network

These days, a lot of funding opportunities require research collaborations, not only with scientific partners, but also with societal and private partners. The grant development team will give you advice on where to start and how to set up successful collaboration and networks. 

When you are preparing to apply, the local grant adviser at your faculty/institute can guide you through the process. If your faculty/institute does not have a contact listed, please contact the University Grant Development Office and they will help you on your way with advice or training.

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Support:

Research funding support

Leiden University offers a broad range of support for finding, writing, and applying for research funding. The first point of contact is your local grant adviser at your faculty/institute, who can guide you through the application process and answer any questions you may have. If your faculty/institute does not have a contact listed, please contact the University Grant Development Office and they will help you on your way.

The Grant Development team also offers training courses

Guidelines for research grant applications Archaeology

The Faculty Board has drawn up guidelines to helpensure that applicants notify  the Board and involve the Faculty Research Support staff and Luris in good time.
Before applicants submit grant applications to therelevant funding body, all applications for 50,000 euros or more must be evaluated by the Research Committee. The Research Committee will examine whether the Faculty is the right place to carry out your proposed research and advise the Board accordingly. Applications presented to the Board without first having been examined by the Research Committee will not be supported by the Faculty.

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Roswitha Manning Policy maker

Research policy Governance and Global Affairs

Please contact Manon Osseweijer about research policy matters, new funding calls and embedding guarantees. You can also contact your Institute Manager about research funding. 

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Manon Osseweijer Head of Education and Research Policy

Research funding Humanities

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Marcel Belderbos Policy officer research funding

Research funding Centre for Linguistics

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Katja Lubina Grant officer

Research funding Centre for the Arts in Society

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Institute manager LUCAS

Research funding Institute for History

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Peter Meel University Lecturer

LUMC Grant Support Medicine/LUMC

For advice on grants, LUMC researchers can contact the Directorate of Research Policy via Albinusnet, the intranet for LUMC. If y ou are applying for a Horizon2020 grant, check the EU GRANT TOOL.

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Research funding Science

The first point of contact is your local grant adviser at your institute, who can guide you through the application process and answer any questions you may have. If your institute does not have a contact listed, please contact the University Grant Development Office and they will help you on your way.

Research funding Institute of Biology Leiden (IBL)

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Maribel Adame Valero

Research funding Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML)

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Esther Philips-Volriet Grant Advisor

Research funding Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science (LIACS)

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LIACS Project Office

Grant Support Office Social and Behavioural Sciences

For information and advice on funding opportunities, you can contact the Grant Support Office. They can also help you draft and write up grant proposals and guide you through the relevant administrative processes.

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Research Desk FSW