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Call for Proposals: CLUE+/Connected World Academic Living Lab

CONNECTED WORLD is one of four profile themes at the heart of Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam. Wishing to promote innovative research on this theme, the VU interfaculty research institute CLUE+ sustains the creation of two Connected World Academic Living Labs.

An academic living lab is a (knowledge) infrastructure in which practice, research and policy cooperate. In concrete terms, this means that the university cooperates with one or more non-academic institutions. The aim is to translate issues from practice, education and policy into research questions and to translate the results of research into practice in order to apply them.

With the present call, we cordially invite CLUE+ staff to propose a living lab for the fall of 2022. The programme is meant to bring together scientists from different disciplines; therefore the labs must combine methods and themes from two disciplines. For each awarded lab, the programme will fund costs to a maximum of €20.000,- (e.g. salaries, material costs, travel expenses). The proposed research must explicitly relate to the Connected World theme.

Connected World

Today’s world is a Connected World, with 24/7 online communication, millions of citizens closely packed in metropolitan cities, and people, goods and ideas travelling around the globe as never before. VU wishes to actively stimulate research on those connections and in particular to contribute to the solution of disconnection: better connecting social groups in metropolitan melting pots, better connecting citizens to the environment they inhabit and better connecting global citizens to improve mutual understanding.

Application guidelines and information

For more information regarding the application guidelines and other (practical) information please see below. Only CLUE+ staff can apply for the Connected World Living Lab programme.

Deadline for application

The deadline for applications to the Connected World Living Lab-Programme is July 1, 2022 before 23:59. The winning proposals receive communication in the second week of July.

All required documents have to be send in one pdf and have to be send to

Practical Information

  • Who can apply?

    Only CLUE+ staff can apply for the Connected World Living Lab programme.

  • How to apply?

    A complete application must include:

    • Application letter specifying theme, objectives, partners, societal relevance (min. 2 applicants, of which one is a CLUE+ member; max. 3 pages A4; including a 200-word abstract).
    • Detailed budget estimate.
  • Funding amount

    For each awarded lab, the program will fund costs to a maximum of €20.000,- (e.g. salaries, material costs, travel expenses).

  • Selection criteria

    Proposals are selected on the basis of the quality of the proposed research project, its interdisciplinarity, the relationship with practice and/or policy, the level of engagement of societal partners and the relation to the Connected World theme.