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The UvA Faculty of Humanities offers the Research Innovation and Sustainability (RIS) Fund that aims to support research staff in their career development and to expand their opportunities to conduct research. The RIS Fund enables researchers to apply for temporary teaching release in order to have more time to write grant applications, or to finish one or more (substantial, strategic) publications so as to strengthen their track record significantly and for a successful grant application in the near future.

Application deadlines

The deadline for application is 1 November 2019. Candidates will be notified of the result no later than 6 weeks after the relevant deadline. NB. The release time will take effect not before 1 September 2020, unless the head and operational manager of your department agree otherwise.

 

What can be applied for?

The Fund will be used to temporarily release employees from teaching tasks to enable them to:

  1. prepare applications for personal grants, or
  2. to take a step in their career development and strengthen the publication list of the candidate, with the ultimate goal of having a better chance of receiving receiving research funding when applying for personal grants in the near future.

The release time from teaching duties is 0.2 FTE for 6 months or 0.1 FTE for 12 months. Applications can be prepared for the following grants with deadlines in 2020/21:

  • ERC Starting (October 2020)
  • ERC Consolidator (February 2021)
  • ERC Advanced (August 2021 (August 2020: please contact your department)
  • NWO Vidi (October 2020)
  • NWO Vici (March 2020 or 2021)

Please note that the deadlines for these calls occur annually, but candidates who apply for the RIS fellowship by September 2019 can only prepare an NWO/ERC grant proposal with a deadline in 2020 or 2021. For advice about eligibility and strategic planning, candidates can make an appointment via the FGw Grant team (subsidie-fgw@uva.nl).

 

Who can apply?

Applicants are researchers employed by the Faculty of Humanities of the UvA as UD, UHD or full professor, with a permanent position.

NB: it is possible to apply more than once for grant from the RIS fund, but only two years after receiving a previous grant.

 

Application requirements

A. For the preparation of a grant application:

  • Applicants intend to conduct the research project at the FGw of the UvA following the award of the NWO/ERC grant.
  • Applicants meet the eligibility criteria of the grant they intend to apply for.
  • Applications are drawn up in accordance with the guidelines provided below and contain a description of the research, the type of grant being applied for, an academic CV, and a work plan.
  • The research project for which a grant is being applied for relates to the work of the research school and/or research priority area.
  • Applications are accompanied by a statement of consent from the Department Chair, ensuring release from teaching duties should the RIS fellowship be awarded.
  • Applications are accompanied by a statement of consent from the director of the Research School, stating that the intended proposal fits within the research profile of the school.

NB: Applicants commit to writing the intended grant application and commit to taking part in the corresponding support track organized by the Grant Team Humanities.

B. To strengthen the list of publications:

  • Applications are drawn up in accordance with the guidelines provided below and contain a description of the publication(s), the intended publisher of journal/book, an academic CV, and a work plan.
  • The publication(s) for which the RIS fellowship is being applied for relate(s) to the work of the research school and/or research priority area.
  • The publication(s) for which the RIS fellowship is being applied for need(s) to be submitted (to the publisher/journal) by the end of the grant period.
  • Applications are accompanied by a statement of consent from the Department Chair, ensuring release from teaching duties should the RIS fellowship be awarded.
  • Applications are accompanied by a statement of consent from the director of the Research School, stating that the intended proposal fits within the research profile of the school.
  • A clear indication is given of the ERC/NWO grant that the applicant is aiming to apply for when the publication list has been strengthened.
  • Applicants commit to writing a grant application and to taking part in the corresponding support track organized by the Grant Team Humanities.

 

Assessment of applications

The Board of the Amsterdam Institute for Humanities Research will consider the applications based on grant-specific criteria and indicators. In light of the grant being applied for, applications will be assessed primarily on the basis of the quality of the researcher and that of the research plan. The Board will receive advice from the Grant Team Humanities.

 

Submitting an application

Applications are submitted by e-mail to AIHR-fgw@uva.nl as one file in PDF format.

 

Information

Please contact Simon Speksnijder via s.a.speksnijder@uva.nl; see also the separate documents ‘Guidelines for drawing up applications’ and the ‘Factsheet personal grants’

Annexes: Guidelines and Factsheet