Erasmus Initiative
Dynamics of Inclusive Prosperity

Small Grants Scheme

The Erasmus Initiative on Inclusive Prosperity is a multi-disciplinary research activity that aims to spearhead news ways of thinking about grand societal challenges, disruptive innovations, financial governance, and the roles and responsibilities of public and private actors with the aim of fostering inclusive prosperity in society.

The Initiative invites applications to undertake exploratory collaborative research on a topic of choice. Funding of up to 10,000 Euros is available for research or networking activities that foster relationships between researchers from the three partner schools (Erasmus School of Law, Rotterdam School of Management and Erasmus School of Philosophy) and that help initiate larger scale research activity. Proposals are welcomed on any topic of relevance to the broader theme. 

  • The Small Grants Scheme offers financial support for research and networking activities of research active staff within ESL, RSM and ESPhil at Erasmus University Rotterdam. These awards, up to €10,000 in value and tenable for up to 12 months, are provided to cover the cost of the expenses arising from starting up a defined research project (book publication, societal activity of academic nature with wide public coverage) or public event (conferences, workshops) aimed at fostering inter-disciplinary research collaborations.

    Funds are available to:
    •    Facilitate initial project planning and development (e.g., the writing of a grant proposal)
    •    Support the direct costs of research (e.g., hiring of a research assistant) 
    •    Enable the advancement of multi-disciplinary research through workshops or conferences, or visits by or to partner scholars. 

    Applicants may seek support for any combination of eligible activities and costs up to the overall limit of €10,000. Applications will be assessed equally on their merits, with no preference as to mode of enquiry.

    Grants are not intended to support individual conference visits or travel by staff, even where this involves the dissemination of the results of research directly associated with the theme of the Initiative (staff may turn for such funding to their own schools or faculties instead). 
    Grants are also not intended for the continuation or promotion of research already undertaken at each of the partner faculties separately. The scheme is specifically designed to boost new prime multi-disciplinary research activity between the three partner schools.

  • Awards are open to research active staff at ESL, RSM and ESPhil at Erasmus University Rotterdam and not limited to those of any particular status (e.g. assistant professor, post-doc researcher, full professor etc). However, in order to be eligible, applications to the small grants scheme should meet the following criteria:

    • Applications should involve the active participation of researchers of at least two of the three partner schools, with preference being given to applications involving all three schools.
    • Applications should demonstrate a clear link with the theme of inclusive prosperity, including any of the identified subthemes and research agendas associated with the overall theme.
    • Applications should ensure that funds are sought for a clearly defined, discrete activity or piece of research, which will have an identifiable outcome on completion.
  • The level of awards is up to €10,000. Grants are tenable for between 1 and 12 months.

    Please note that the funding provided through the Small Grants scheme cannot be used to cover the cost of replacement teaching, payment in lieu of salary, or technical equipment. The up to €10,000 available to the award-holder is only for direct expenses for research or networking activity.

  • The application for funding is open until the 1st of May 2019.

    Since there is a limited amount of money available, a committee drawn from the three partner schools will review the applications. Applications should be submitted to Remi van der Leer at

    If you have any queries or would like to discuss a project idea, please contact scientific director of the initiative, Martin de Jong ( Applicants are advised to discuss their proposals with the responsible Research Director, Head of Division or research mentor where applicable. 

    Applicants will receive the decision in writing. 

    Successful applicants are required to submit a short report one month after the end of the project for consideration by the management committee containing a statement of original objectives, a brief account of expenditure, project outputs, expected impact, and future plans including the dissemination of findings to relevant networks. The normal expectation is that the funding will be spent within an average of 3-6 months of the award being made, although as mentioned funds can be spent for up to a year.