IMC Seed Funding


IMC Seed Programme 2019

Seed funding is a key instrument at IMC. It allows researchers to explore new fields, questions and collaborations and it may support pilot studies, which could be developed into full projects and applications. 

  • Seeds are sown to grow, that is, projects should be fast and feasible. 
  • The seed programme should allow talent development.
  • Researchers can apply for data acquisition, running costs, participant payments, student helpers/assistants etc.
  • Funding cannot be transferred from one year to the next. It is "use it or lose it". 

The Dark Side of Collaboration: new theme for seed projects in 2019:

For the 2019 seed programme call, we in particular invite proposals that explores ‘the dark side of collaboration’. This may come in the form of deception, mistrust, group thinking, partisanship, collective stereotyping, echo chamber dynamics or related issues. We plan activities (seminars, workshops etc.) that resonate with the theme, and we hope to attract a number of seed proposals that explores it. Engaging with the theme is not a prerequisite for being funded. See evaluation criteria below.


Time frame:

Projects must be terminated before 31st December 2019.


Who can apply:

  • Applicants are AU researchers (PhD students or Postdoc+ level) from School of Culture and Society, School of Communication and Culture, Danish School of Education, Department of Political Science, Department of Economics, Department of Management and/or Department of Clinical Medicine.
  • We encourage applications from PhD fellows/Postdocs


How much:

Seed funding comes in two batches, up to 30.000 DKK and up to 100.000 DKK. It is not an advantage that applications hit the full amount, unless motivated by the logic of the project.


You cannot apply for:

  • Your own salary (“frikøb” at AU)
  • Dissemination (open access fee, conference travels etc.)
  • Travel costs that are not fieldwork related
  • Infrastructure (Equipment over 20.000 kr.)


Application form:

Please fill in the application form, including a detailed budget and a short abstract of the project outline.

Download application form


Evaluation criteria: 

  • Research idea: Is this novel, interesting and feasible?
  • Scientific contribution: how does the project add to State of the Art?
  • Interdisciplinarity: does the project involve and resonate with different perspectives, traditions and methods?
  • IMC core focus: Why is interacting minds important for the project?
  • Talent development: Can the project bring the applicant forward? 
  • Growth potential: what could grow from this seed: applications, collaborations, publications etc?
  • The Dark Side of Collaboration: does the project relate to the overall research theme for 2019?


Seed projects need not align with all of the evaluation criteria above to be funded. However ticking only one or two boxes will reduce the likelihood of funding dramatically.



Grant holders are expected to:

  • send a short abstract of the project to be published on the IMC webpage
  • briefly present their research project at an IMC Tuesday seminar (10-15 minutes)
  • participate in an IMC Seed Funding day in November/December 2019 where they present their findings and ideas. The date will be announced in good time.


Deadline for applicants: December 3th 2018 11:59 am.

Applications must be sent by e-mail to Anne-Mette Pedersen,