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The UvA Faculty of Humanities offers the Research Innovation and Sustainability (RIS) Fund that aims at supporting staff with research time in their career development and expanding their opportunities to conduct research. Through the RIS Fund staff can 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 for an upcoming grant application.

What can be applied for?

The Fund is used to temporarily release employees from teaching tasks to enable them to:
a. prepare applications for personal grants
b. strengthen their publication list, to have a better chance of receiving funding when applying for personal grants in the near future.


For advice about eligibility and strategic planning, candidates are recommended to contact the Grant Team (subsidie-fgw@uva.nl).


The release from teaching duties is 0.2 FTE for 6 months or 0.1 FTE for 12 months, and will take effect from the second semester of the 2021/2022 academic year onwards (i.e. 1 February 2022). Applications can be prepared for following grants instruments (please see also the factsheet below):

 

  • ERC Starting Grant, ERC Consolidator Grant, ERC Advanced*
  • NWO Vidi, NWO Vici**

* With the transition to Horizon Europe, the regular timeline of the ERC deadlines will change. The European Commission has not yet released official information about future ERC deadlines. Please contact the Grant Team to draw up a work plan.
** The Vidi deadline usually falls in October, the Vici deadline for pre-proposal in March. These deadlines are tentative.
Application deadlines

Deadline

The deadline for application is 4 June 2021. Candidates will be notified of the result no later than 6 weeks after the deadline.


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.
It is possible to apply for a RIS fund grant more than once, but not until two years after receiving the previous grant. It is not possible to use a RIS Grant twice for the same proposal, i.e. to first strengthen the publication list and then write the actual application.


Application requirements

a. For the preparation of a grant application:

  • Applicants should conduct the research project at the FGw of the UvA upon being awarded the NWO/ERC grant.
  • Applicants should 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 intended research project fits the profile of the research school and/or a 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 school’s research profile.
  • Applicants commit to writing the intended grant application.
  • Applicants commit to following the step-by-step instructions for individual grants provided 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) fit within the profile of the research school and/or research priority area.
  • The publication(s) should be submitted (to the publisher/journal) by the end of the fellowship 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 school’s research profile.
  • A clear indication is given of the ERC/NWO grant that the applicant intends to apply for when the publication list has been strengthened.
  • Applicants commit to following the step-by-step instructions for individual grants provided by the Grant Team Humanities.

Applications assessment

The Board of the Amsterdam Institute for Humanities Research will consider the applications based on grant-specific criteria and indicators, viz. the quality of the cv and the research plan. The Board is advised by the Grant Team Humanities and the Board of Research Directors (Onderzoeksraad).


Submitting an application

Applications are submitted by e-mail to Simon Speksnijder via AIHR-fgw@uva.nl as one file in PDF format. Please see the guidelines for applications in the separate document below.