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Award of 33 Kiem grants for new interdisciplinary initiatives

No fewer than 55 applications were submitted for a Kiem seed grant, an initiative for developing new interdisciplinary, interfaculty research partnerships and encounters. The draw took place on Monday for the allocation of 22 seed grants. The Executive Board was so impressed with the number of applications that they made extra funding available and ultimately 33 projects received funding.

In recent months, researchers at Leiden University have been encouraged to submit projects that promote interdisciplinary research collaborations. At least two researchers have to be involved in each application, and each of them must be attached to a different faculty. And because we want to create opportunities for talented young people to gain experience, at least one early-stage researcher has to be part of each project. Caroline de Ruijter (SAZ) explained earlier about the background to the Kiem grants: ‘This call is part of the bigger ambition to promote interdisciplinary research at the university. Ultimately, there will be three steps: Kiem, Groei and Bloei (Seed, Growth and Expansion). The Kiem grant is intended as seed funding for smaller cross-faculty projects involving early-stage researchers. A maximum of 10,000 euros is available for each proposal.’ 

The successful Kiem projects

There were more applications than the available number of grants so a draw took place on Monday 10 July among those projects that met the eligibility conditions. The result is that 33 teams can now get started with their project. 

Rector Magnificus Hester Bijl: ‘I’m very happy with the result of the KIEM call, especially with the diversity of proposals and some unexpected partnerships. This is another step towards more interdisciplinary research within the university. I wish the teams every success and a lot of fun as they get started with their projects, and I look forward to hearing the results.’

The following KIEM teams will receive a seed grant of a maximum of 10,000:

Lead applicant Title of research project Collaborating faculties

Wiep Klaas Smits

Mining the genome of bacteria cultured from the stool of healthy humans


Marta Elena Artola Pérez de Azanza

Screening Assay for Identifying Ligands Of RNA pseudoknots as new antibacterial and antiviral discovery platform


Marieke Liem

Violence as a Population Health Problem


Kartica van der Zon

Oprichting kenniscentrum en ontwikkelplan m.b.t. interdisciplinaire samenwerking tussen Jeugdrecht & Pedagogische Wetenschappen


Olga Gadyatskaya

Ethics@ULEI: Organization of international seminar on ethics in teaching and research in cyber security and artificial intelligence


Dario Fazzi

Beyond Risk? Understanding the Threats of the Anthropocene


Bas Nijboer

Hoe maken we van interdisciplinaire samenwerking een succes


Julia Henrich

Skills for interdisciplinarity and mental health in a complex work environment


Amanda Henry

Spark: Fire and Human Evolution


Liesbeth van Vliet

Exploring Personal Connection in Serious Illness Communication


Aris Politopoulos

Crafting Heritage Experiences: Fostering collective engagement with the past through Minecraft


Jiska Aardoom

Duurzame zorg: Hoe wordt dit ervaren door de patiënt?


Daniela Vicherat Mattar

BOCA Building Other forms of Communicating the Academy


Akrati Saxena

The Impact of Affirmative Actions on International Academic Collaboration


Rebecca Schaefer

Mood and music in the brain: Influences of mental health on behavioral and neural correlates of music-based motor learning


Carsten Stahn

Changing Approaches Towards Restitution and Return of Colonial Heritage: Tracing Experiences and Identifying Shared Decolonial Practices


Roos van Oosten

Academic conferences in the 21st century: practicing what we preach


John Burton Kegel

The re-enchantment of infrastructure in Africa: Comparing Colonial and Contemporary Coastal Corridors


Willem Jespers

Investigating the role of the H1N1 proteome as potential triggers of the auto-immune response leading to narcolepsy type 1


Ksenia Fedorova

Exploring the Gap between Embodied Cognition and Generative AI


Samira Rezaei

Deep learning in scientific imaging: the intersection of astrophysics and medicine


Mariska Kret

“Bridging Animal Affective Science and Emotion Psychology using Affective Computing” – a Leiden University pre-conference workshop at the International Society for Research on Emotion (SRE) in July 2024


Francesco Ragazzi

ReCNTR Lab: Multimodal Research Work-in-Progress Series


Laura van der Velde

Exploring facilitators and barriers for reducing stigma related to food aid through a camera lens: a participatory photovoice study among people experiencing food poverty


Susana Valdez

Health and Migration: Understanding the use of AI and machine translation in doctor-patient communication


Sarah L. Carthy

Hurting yourself to hurt others: Examining the role of counterfinality in antisocial punishment


D.K. de Vries

Elaborating organ damage and kidney transplantation outcomes


Olga Bogolyubova

Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Study of Safety and Danger in the Digital World


Jorrit Smit

Excavating Fossilized Data. A cross-cut analysis of the ties between university research and fossil industries


Tim de Coster

Cardiac Chaos Control study group


Lydie Cabane

Protecting against disasters: interdisciplinary perspectives on the notion of protection


Rosanne Govaarts

The developing brain in neuromuscular diseases


Hendrik Vrijburg

Eliciting willingness to pay for domestic and international climate change policies


About the KIEM grants

Whether it is climate change, public health or artificial intelligence, there are some areas where science flourishes even more when different disciplines join forces. With the new small-scale Kiem grants, Leiden researchers can now explore or start collaborative projects with colleagues from other faculties. With the KIEM call, Leiden University has made 33 seed grants available, each worth a maximum of €10,000.

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