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Call GTGC seed grant proposals

15 June 2021

The Leiden Focus Area on Global Transformations and Governance Challenges (GTGC) invites proposals for seed grants of up to €5.000 (in exceptional cases up to €10.000) for the purpose of developing new interdisciplinary research in this area. Applications should involve colleagues from at least two (and preferably more) Leiden University faculties.

The GTGC initiative aims to advance knowledge on how we govern – and could govern – the wide-ranging, deep-reaching and fast-unfolding changes of the contemporary global world. These transformations include, but are not limited to, global developments around ecology, economy, identity, law, the states-system, technology, values, and violence. The governance challenges involve devising rules and regulatory arrangements that are democratic, effective, fair, peaceful and sustainable. The GTGC initiative has particular interest to explore governance responses to global transformations that attract greater citizen support and participation.

We invite interfaculty research proposals that address these or related themes on global transformations, governance challenges, and citizen engagement. Seed grants can focus on the building of networks, the organization of seminars and workshops, the execution of a pilot study, the completion of publications, the development of grant proposals, etc.

It is important that applications specify:

  • (a) how the proposal relates to ‘governance challenges’ of ‘global transformations’;
  • (b) what important gap in existing knowledge is addressed;
  • (c) immediate results from the seed grant itself; 
  • (d) long-term ambitions that the short-term outputs advance.

Illustrative examples of projects from the first rounds of seed grant proposals include:

Food Markets during Covid-19: Stories of Solidarity

  • Gendering Algorithms for AI Governance
  • Public Opinion and Global Governance Responses to Mass Atrocities
  • Technologies of Migration Governance
  • The Eroding Legitimacy of Security Institutions

Applications should comprise:

  • (a) project description using the attached template;
  • (b) short CVs of the contributing researchers; and
  • (c) a budget with carefully costed and justified items to a normal maximum of €5.000 or, with clearly demonstrated need, up to €10.000.

Applications are to be submitted to gtgc@leidenuniv.nl by the deadline of 23.59 CET on 1 November 2021. To discuss further, please contact GTGC staff via gtgc@leidenuniv.nl.

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