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Seed Funding

Una Europa launches an annual call for applications for seed funding. The aim of the seed funding initiative is to support the initiation of long-term collaborative activities between the partner universities. The idea is to "plant a seed" that can eventually attract external funding.

Examples of seed-funded initiatives include, but are not limited to:

  • organizing joint workshops or seminars;
  • preparing joint formats for education or research.

The criteria for eligibility, evaluation and funding are defined in the call text. As a rule of thumb, the following applies:

  • the scheme is open to all academic disciplines;
  • the project must be coordinated by senior academic staff from one Una Europa university and involve senior academic staff from at least one additional Una Europa university;
  • third parties are able to participate in the proposed activities; however, this will be at their own cost;
  • the seed funding should not duplicate funding that is otherwise available.

A selection committee consisting of members of staff from each Una Europa university is responsible for ranking proposals for funding on a competitive basis.

Browse all seed-funded projects

Since its launch in 2019, the Una Europa Seed Funding initiative has held an annual call for proposals, plus a special DIGITALIZED! edition in collaboration with NAWA, the Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange. 23 projects have successfully 'planted a seed' so far, all of which you can learn more about in our Database of Seed-Funded Projects.

2022 Call - Una Europa Chairs

The specific goal of the 2022 call for applications is to consolidate academic collaboration in each of the five Una Europa Focus Areas, through the funding of one Una Europa Chair per Focus Area. The call promotes the mobility of academic staff across the Una Europa universities, in particular by piloting a fellowship scheme. The call is open to all academic disciplines. More information can be found in the call text.

The 2022 Call is now open. The deadline is 29 July 2022, 17:00 CET.

Download the call text, FAQ’s, templates for the budget and endorsement letters in the resources below.

Apply through our online application form.


Each of the Una Europa Focus Areas is overseen by a Self-Steering Committee of interdisciplinary experts from across the Una Europa partner universities. Applicants have the option of sending an expression of interest to the Self-Steering Committee for the Focus Area of their project, in order to receive informal feedback on the content and suggestions of colleagues to involve from the partner universities. The expression of interest form can be accessed here and should be sent latest by 1 July 2022.

Please note: sending an expression of interest will in no way influence the evaluation process.

Contact information

For more information on the Seed Funding Scheme, please contact: