Research Grants Advisor

Research Grants Advisor

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7 Nov 30 Nov Amsterdam

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Job description

The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG) of the University of Amsterdam (UvA) strives to further its leadership and participation in multi- and interdisciplinary consortium programmes aimed at contributing to societal challenges. Due to recent changes in our capacity to support and promote consortium collaborations such as the European Commission's Horizon Europe programme FMG is seeking an experienced and enthusiastic research grant advisor, who is familiar with both proposal development and project management, to help capitalize on new funding opportunities.

What are you going to do

You will join the Collaborative Research Support Team of the FMG and take charge of supporting the entire life cycle of collaborative research projects. As a grant advisor, you have a deep knowledge of research funding programmes (especially EU Horizon Europe programme) and you can match new funding opportunities with researchers from the various disciplines within FMG. You have the skills to support researchers in coordinating proposal development by providing advice on strategy, organization, planning, guidelines and budgets. You also help research consortia with clearly articulating their ideas, solutions and impact. On a daily basis, you collaborate closely with (international) partners from academia and beyond, liaise with the European Commission and work with a variety of internal and external experts on topics such as research ethics, data management, open access publishing, or communication.

In the post-award phase, you may also take the role of project manager and act as a liaison between the FMG and funding bodies, support negotiations and project startup (together with legal experts, project controllers, ethics advisory boards and data management support) and actively assist with making these projects a success.

On a day-to-day basis, your tasks include:
  • Familiarizing yourself with research in the FMG (covering the social sciences, psychology, communication science and pedagogical sciences) and identifying interesting funding opportunities for coordinating interdisciplinary challenges-based research consortia;
  • Proactively reaching out to researchers to explore preliminary ideas, initiating workshops and mobilizing internal support;
  • Help building consortia and working closely with researchers in preparing well-structured and high-quality research proposals that stand out;
  • Coordinating the administrative side of project development and the submission process;
  • Building a network of internal stakeholders and mobilize their expertise for contract negotiations and project management;
  • Contributing to successful project implementation by coordinating financial reporting, monitoring deadlines, facilitating in- and external communication, organizing meetings and dissemination activities, and overseeing quality control and management of data.


University of Amsterdam (UvA)


  • You are familiar with the European framework programmes and have at least three years of relevant work experience in the field of funding support for collaborative projects;
  • You have a collaborative and service-oriented attitude and can easily connect with scientists and grant agencies, as well as with business and societal partners;
  • You have a pro-active, solution-oriented approach and content-oriented way of working and know what motivates researchers;
  • You have excellent organizational capabilities and can control several projects and/or applications at the same time;
  • Ideally, you have experience with project management of collaborative research projects;
  • You are prepared to work flexibly (especially around strict deadlines), can work well under pressure and are prepared to occasionally travel abroad;
  • You have excellent communication skills (written and oral) in English and (preferably) good command of Dutch.

Conditions of employment

We offer an exciting position in the Project Office of the FMG for 30,4 to 38 hours per week. Initially you will receive a one-year contract with a probationary period of two months. After one year and with a positive evaluation it will be possible to offer you a permanent contract.

The gross monthly salary range is €3974 to €5439 based on your experience and 38 hours per week (scale 11, Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO NU)) and progression to scale 12, based on the results achieved, is possible. For this position the University Job Classification System Medewerker kennisvalorisatie 3 applies. We also offer an annual holiday allowance of 8%, an annual end-of-year bonus of 8,3%, up to 37 days of paid holiday leave and an interesting set of fringe benefits (also for personal development and further professionalization).

What else do we offer
  • You will become part of a newly established research support team and play an active role in team development.
  • Within the team you will have the opportunity to specialize in the area of interest, join research management networks and conferences and work on your professional development.
  • You will have the opportunity to work in an inspiring academic and international working environment in a modern campus setting located in the center of Amsterdam with a hybrid working option.
  • Through the involvement in international research projects you will have the opportunity to be part of new and exciting scientific developments that will impact the future of European societies.


Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

With over 5,000 employees, 30,000 students and a budget of more than 600 million euros, the University of Amsterdam (UvA) is an intellectual hub within the Netherlands. Teaching and research at the UvA are conducted within seven faculties: Humanities, Social and Behavioural Sciences, Economics and Business, Law, Science, Medicine and Dentistry. Housed on four city campuses in or near the heart of Amsterdam, where disciplines come together and interact, the faculties have close links with thousands of researchers and hundreds of institutions in The Netherlands and abroad.

The UvA's students and employees are independent thinkers, competent rebels who dare to question dogmas and aren't satisfied with easy answers and standard solutions. To work at the UvA is to work in an independent, creative, innovative and international climate characterised by an open atmosphere and a genuine engagement with the city of Amsterdam and society.

About the faculty

At the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences we offer an intellectually stimulating and inspiring academic environment with a variety of duties and ample opportunity for autonomy and development. The social and behavioural sciences play a leading role in addressing the major societal challenges faced by the world, the Netherlands and Amsterdam, now and in the future.


  • Support staff (clerical, administrative, facility)
  • Behaviour and society
  • 30.4—38 hours per week
  • €3974—€5439 per month
  • University graduate
  • 10839


University of Amsterdam (UvA)

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