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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". 



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 grants are up to 100.000 DKK. 


You cannot apply for:

  • Your own salary
  • Salary for PhD students, Postdocs etc. (“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?


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: May 15th 2019 11:59 pm.

Applications must be sent by e-mail to Anne-Mette Pedersen, annemette@cas.au.dk.