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4TU.NIRICT Call Community Funding 2024 

The goal of 4TU.NIRICT is to strengthen and support collaboration among researchers and practitioners of the 4TU institutes working in the ICT domain. It promotes cross-disciplinary collaboration beyond institutional boundaries, as well as the diversity and inclusion of the Dutch ICT research community. In this way it intends to increase the impact of ICT research in The Netherlands.  
Since January 2023, the Bernoulli Institute of the University of Groningen has become a full partner of NIRICT. As a result, the 4TU.NIRICT Community has been expanded with an institute from a 5th university and employees at the University of Groningen can also participate in this call. When this call refers to the 4TU.NIRICT Community or a 4TU.NIRICT affiliated university, the Bernoulli Institute of the University of Groningen is part of it.

Call for Proposals 
The goal of this funding scheme is to strengthen and support collaboration among researchers and practitioners of the 4TU.NIRICT community, increasing the impact of ICT research in The Netherlands. This call therefore explicitly aims to support all activities that help in strengthening the 4TU.NIRICT community (e.g., joint workshops, joint labs, international guest lecturers, promotional events for prospective students working in our field) and enable this community to start-up new research ventures by using this funding.
Application guidelines 
In order to apply for funding, submit a proposal in the following format describing the five items mentioned below. The page limit is one A4. 

1.Who are the applicants? 
State i) name, ii) position, and iii) affiliation (section/department & university) of the applicants. For the contact person, also add email and phone number.  
Whether or not to include titles is up to you. In further communication we will use the name (and title) as specified by you in the proposal. 

At least one applicant from each of the 4TU.NIRICT affiliated universities taking part in the application must be a scientific staff member and the proposal must have a good balance between the contribution from Computer Science and Electrical Engineering.  

Proposals with only applicants inside the 4TU.NIRICT community should include scientific staff members from at least three different 4TU universities. Proposals with applicants outside the 4TU.NIRICT community are allowed under the following condition: at least two applicants must be a scientific staff member at a 4TU.NIRICT affiliated university. 

2. What will the funding be used for? 
The funding can be used for actual and specific costs/invoices for a certain activity or service. Briefly describe the activity or other purpose of the funding. There are no restrictions on what the funding is used for as long as it supports the goal of the funding scheme (see "Why" below). Examples of what can be applied for are support for bringing together communities of researchers around a common research theme (e.g., through organization of workshops and other joint activities), research collaboration (e.g., travel grants, joint labs), dissemination of joint research, creation of joint proof-of-concepts/demonstrators, visitors, executing joint experiments, hackathons to attract talented students to pursue a PhD in our field, etc. Note that cost made by event bureaus that help in the organization of your event are also eligible for funding. 

3. How much funding is requested? 
For this call the maximum amount of funding that can be requested per proposal is 50k. The requested funding is expected to be in balance with expected benefits for the 4TU.NIRICT community. 

Please include in your proposal a contextual breakdown of costs to motivate the requested amount. 

4. Why is it supporting the goal of the funding scheme? 
This is the most important part of your proposal. Describe how the 4TU.NIRICT research community will be strengthened through the proposed activity and what the added value is of conducting this in 4TU context. If the target audience is more than the applicants (e.g., in case of organization of a workshop), describe what the intended audience is. 

5. When will the activity be carried out or the funding be used? 
The more specific you can be, the better. The funding should be spent before the end of 2025. 

Proposals will be evaluated based on 1) the extent to which the proposed activity supports the goals of the funding scheme ("Why"), 2) specificity of the proposal regarding "What" and "When", and 3) appropriateness of the amount of funding requested ("How much"). 

This is a continuous call and applications can be submitted until the budget is depleted. 

Applications will be evaluated by the 4TU.NIRICT board and applicants will be notified of the decision on acceptance within two months after submission. 

Please submit the proposal following the above format as a one A4 pdf file by e-mail to Margje Mommers ( 

If funding is awarded, we request a publicly available final report on the activities carried out in the scope of the project or sources (e.g., in the form of a website featuring a written and/or visual report, a short movie, etc.) If the nature of the type of measure or activity does not warrant such publicity, e.g., for privacy reasons, please indicate so already in the proposal.  

The financial administration of the funding is to be discussed with 4TU.NIRICT. It can either be via a direct invoice to 4TU.NIRICT or a reimbursement. Both need accordance in advance and must be arranged within one month after the funding has been used. 


For questions about this funding scheme, please contact: 

Margje Mommers -‚ÄĮ (TU/e)¬†