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Community Funding

Community Funding

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)

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) title and name, ii) position, and iii) affiliation (section/department & university) of the applicants. For the contact person, also add email and phone number. At least one applicant from each of the 4TU.NIRICT affiliated university 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. Direct personnel costs will not be funded, but otherwise 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 interest master students to become PhD students 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?

The maximum amount of funding that can be requested is 10K. The requested amount should 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 within one year after it has been awarded.

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").


Applications can be submitted continuously. Applications will be evaluated by the 4TU.NIRICT board during their monthly meetings. Applicants will be notified of the decision on acceptance within two weeks after the decision has been made.

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

If funding is awarded, we request a publicly available report on the activity (e.g., in the form of a website featuring a written and/or visual report, a short movie, etc.). The financial administration of the funding is to be discussed with 4TU.NIRICT. It can either be via a direct invoice to NIRICT or a reimbursement. Both need accordance in advance and must be arranged within one month after the funding has been used.