VU Grants Office

VU Amsterdam Grants Office is part of Administration Office of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. We are in charge of supporting VU researchers in acquiring external public funding. We advise researchers throughout the grant application process and during the term of the subsidy. Our advice is based on our professional knowledge, years of experience and our commitment to the VU faculties. We organise information sessions and workshops on grant acquisition to enhance the VU subsidy culture. We are also actively involved in shaping subsidy policies and act as contact point for EU and national grant organisations.

E-mail: [email protected]
Tel: +31205981333 

Mailing address
De Boelelaan 1109, 1081 HV Amsterdam

Visiting address
De Boelelaan 1109 (OZW Building), 8th floor, room 8B-04


  • dr. Edwin Kanters – head of the Grants Office
  • dr. Karin Rade – grant specialist
  • Marco Last, MA – grant specialist
  • dr. Irina Sheftel – grant specialist
  • dr. Sandy Broere – grant specialist
  • Martijn van Houten, MA – implementation officer, LEAR
  • Abigael Limper-Klumperbeek, ML – legal adviser
  • dr. Pim de Boer – senior strategic policy advisor EU

Grant advice
We provide advice on many national and international grants, including complex multi-partner, multidisciplinary applications (e.g., Horizon 2020/Horizon Europe, NWO Zwaartekracht, NWA) as well as large individual grants (NWO Veni, Vidi, Vici and ERC Starting, Consolidator and Advanced grants). Our support is tailored to the needs of each individual grant applicant.

Our grant advice services include:

  • Informing researchers about relevant funding possibilities
  • Contact point for call details and procedures
  • Strategic advice on building successful consortia and identifying stakeholders
  • Eligibility check
  • Review and writing advice
  • Rebuttal help
  • Support during the interview preparation
  • Coordination of advisory process with external grant advisors

Administrative and legal support
We provide legal support throughout the full cycle of research grants, including advice on grant agreements, consortium agreements, non-disclosure agreements, letters of intent and other legal documents.

For EU grants we take up the Legal Entity Appointed Representative (LEAR) function – management of the legal information and advising on amendments via the Funding & Tenders Portal (Participant Portal).

Multi-partner projects require a very strict approach to make sure that the grant is compliant to the jungle of rules and regulations, and the optimization and structuring of grant support. We advise and support grant holders during the execution phase of the project, by e.g. facilitating a knowledge network for project managers, publishing a handbook for EU projects, and providing individual advice.

We organize annual information sessions about major EU and NWO funding schemes, and writing workshops for individual grants. We also offer “train the trainer” sessions, in which researchers with experience in applying for grants are trained to help their colleagues. If you are interested in hosting a workshop in your department or institute, please get in touch with us. 

Policy advice
We advise and act on strategies and policies related to funding programs and acquisition, networking, and connection to the funding organizations and EU/national governmental bodies.

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