Research proposals submitted by three UvA researchers have been granted funding from the National Science Agenda’s Idea Generator programme. The three proposals were submitted by forensic youth care researcher Hanneke Cremer, paleoecology researcher William Gosling, and chemistry researcher Chris Slootweg. They will use the €50,000 euro provided for each project to further develop their innovative research idea.
It is often difficult to obtain funding for fresh and innovative research ideas because such projects run the risk of not delivering the expected outcomes. The Idea Generator programme offers these kinds of ideas an opportunity for further development. The project proposals are assessed based on societal needs and impact, the risk and creativity associated with the idea, and the project plan.
Using the grant of €50,000, the researchers will collaborate with diverse partners in society on further small-scale development of their idea in the coming year. This may immediately produce results, but it could also lead to a broader research proposal or even lead to the conclusion that the idea is not feasible.
In total, 37 researchers were awarded funding; the entire funding amount comes to €1.85 million euro.