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Seed Funding

Una Europa launches regular calls 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:

  • organising 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.

Seed Funding Call 2023: Una Europa-Africa Partnership

Co-developed by Una Europa partners and eight African universities as part of their shared Vision and Roadmap, the Una Europa–Africa Partnership Seed Funding Call 2023 is your opportunity to embark on an intercontinental research partnership.

Join a vibrant community of researchers across Europe and Africa and secure up to €36,000 to tackle global challenges.

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. Over 30 projects have successfully 'planted a seed' so far, all of which you can learn more about in our Database of Seed-Funded Projects.

Contact information

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