The University Fund Limburg awards grants to scientific projects to promote research and education at Maastricht University, stimulate international cooperation and intensify the relationship of the university with her social and local environment.

With respect to these objectives the University Funds subsidizes both scientific projects as student activities.

Scientific projects

The Limburg University Fund supports academic research and education at UM. The Fund aims to raise the international profile of UM and to further international collaboration by UM, providing grants for this purpose.
Only employees from UM are eligible for the grants awarded by the Grants Committee. A grant may be awarded if a proposal is in line with the objective described above. The committee will look in particular at a number of aspects, which applicants must pay attention to in their application (see below).
The maximum grant that can be applied for is €10,000. Applications for a grant between €7,000 and €10,000 will be forwarded to the Executive Committee of Limburg University Fund with a recommendation from the Grants Committee. Applications for a grant of up to €7,000 will be handled by the Grants Committee directly.

Please note: We are currently developing a new application procedure and guidelines regarding the grants for (scientific) staff members of Maastricht University. Please keep an eye on our website; we will inform you as soon as we have more information.

Student activities

The University Fund considers a blossoming academic community to be essential as it is a precondition for good academic and education performance and for the national and international reputation of Maastricht University.

Furthermore, the University Fund believes that students and the organised contributions they make for each other and for their university are the backbone of Maastricht University’s academic community.

For this reason, the fund wishes to support activities organised by students, for students that are original and/or extraordinary, benefit the student community and are of lasting value to the university community. These activities boost the spirit of community within the university. The fund also recognises the value of official representation of Maastricht’s university community both in the Netherlands and abroad, at national and international official events. Curious about which projects have previously received a grant? Click here.


Do you have an ambitious academic or student project in mind, yet lack part or all of the financial resources that it requires? The University Fund Limburg/SWOL provides an innovative way of obtaining the money: crowdfunding. To this end, we have launched an online platform: UM Crowd. If the project meets the conditions below and if you are interested in crowdfunding, then register the project below.

When is a project appropriate for crowdfunding?
  • The project has a concrete and/or tangible goal
  • The project is ‘soft’
  • The project contributes to the profiling of Maastricht University
  • The project has a clear sense of urgency
  • The project has a feasible deadline and realistic target amount (max. 50.000 euro)
  • The project/the project owner has a large network (crowd)
  • The project has a clear target group
  • The project can go ‘live’ in 2-3 months
  • The project team has enough time available to actively execute a crowdfunding project