Seed Funding – Pathway to Larger Grants

Please note the application deadline is on January 22nd until 23h59. Send your application via email (

The “Seed Funding – Pathway to Larger Grants” call is now Open – Deadline 22nd of January 2024

The main objective of this internal competitive call is to foster collaboration among partner institutions and enhance team preparedness for international funding applications.

The scheme will allocate funding to five short collaborative projects, each receiving up to €20,000, with a project duration spanning 4-6 months. Projects within this initiative are expected to focus on the establishment of consortia, creation of required conditions, or the generation of pilot data, all aimed at leveraging applications for larger collaborative international grants. Only LS4FUTURE principal investigators from the different partner institutions are eligible as main applicants.

The call will close January 22nd and projects will be awarded in March 2024.

For detailed information please see the framework and application form or request the recording from the online informative session via email to

Please find here the Call Framework:

LS4F Seed Funding Framework Dec 2023

Please find here the Application Form (max. 4 pages):

LS4F Seed Funding Application form Dec 2023

Applications should be submitted by the main applicant via email to Applications should include short CVs from applicants and co-applicants (up to 2 pages).

Frequently asked questions:

No, salaries are not eligible costs.

No, these are institutional funds allocated from the LS4FUTURE budget at each partner institution.

No, each PI is only allowed to participate in one application/team.

Yes, please provide an explanation about the context of the call and why your work topic is likely to be within its remit.

In section 3 (Action plan), you are expected to describe how this seed funding award will help you leverage the designated international grant application (pilot data generation, consortia formation or the creation of other conditions required to apply to the designated international call). In section 2 you are expected to describe the scientific work you and your collaborator(/s) intend to pursue in the designated international call and how it aligns with LS4FUTURE mission.

This section gives you the opportunity to demonstrate work you or your collaborator(/s) have already achieved in the scientific area you are intending to pursue in the designated international call you wish to apply for.