Scientific projects: requirements, preferences and exclusions


  • The proposal demonstrably contributes to the ambitions of UM or one (or more) of its faculties, Schools or departments. When submitting the proposal, we therefore ask for an approval and confirmation from the dean of the faculty or scientific director of the School.
  • The proposal fits within UM’s strategic programme, meaning it is multidisciplinary, innovative and international.
  • The proposal has a collective social relevance.
  • The financial resources to implement the proposal are insufficient.


  • The proposal is designed and implemented in cooperation with society.
  • The proposal involves cooperation with the Brightlands campuses in the region or will benefit the development of these campuses.
  • The proposal is by a researcher who recently graduated (up to 6 years after obtaining his/her PhD), which includes ‘tenure trackers’.
  • The proposal supports and facilitates innovative education programmes (e.g., education related to the sciences, biomaterials, big data, smart services, etc.).
  • The proposal involves concrete valorisation and/or a spin-off.
  • The proposal is financially supported by the faculty/department/School in question (apart from staffing costs) and/or has its own funding.
  • The proposal requests reimbursement for the applicant’s/researcher’s salary costs. In the application form this will be explained in more detail (which salary costs are billable/unbillable).
  • The proposal requests reimbursement for travel and subsistence expenses.
  • The proposal is associated with a PhD track.