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IMC Seed Funding - round 3 - 2020


IMC Seed Programme 2020 - round 3

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". 


Theme for research projects in 2020: Collaboration and Interdisciplinarity


We particularly invite applications that explore collaboration, as the topic of research and/or as the organizing principle of the project group. We particularly invite applications with a clear interdisciplinary aspect, e.g. as reflected in methods and/or modes of analysis.


Time frame

Projects must be terminated before 31st December 2020.


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 Management, Department of Clinical Medicine.
  • We strongly encourage that the main applicant is a PhD fellow/Postdoc/Assistant Professor. Tenured applicants should particularly address the question: Why is IMC Seed funding a relevant instrument for the project?


How much

Seed funding comes in two batches, up to 30.000 DKK and up to 75.000 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)
  • Other academic salary
  • Dissemination (publication fees etc.)
  • Conference fees and own travel costs
  • Infrastructure (Equipment over 20.000 kr.)
  • Scanning costs


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 bring in different perspectives, traditions and methods?
  • Involvement: Does the project engage with the collaboration theme and/or other IMC activities?
  • Talent development: Can the project bring the applicant forward? 
  • Growth potential: What could grow from this seed (applications, collaborations, publications etc)?



Grant holders are expected to:

  • send a short abstract of the project to be published on the IMC webpage,
  • tell about project process and outcomes at an IMC Tuesday Seminar (20 min presentation),
  • let Anne-Mette know if seeds grow into publications, applications or other forms of academic activities.


Deadline for applicants: August 10th 2020 11:59 am.

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