ACS grants

The Amsterdam Cardiovascular Sciences provide funds to support collaboration between scientists from both institutes. The board of directors of ACS has decided to invest the budget of 2018-2019 on the following grants:

Support from ACS for international conferences 2018 (open)

When a PI from ACS organises an international conference (one full day or multiple days) in the field of Cardiovascular research in Amsterdam, it is possible to obtain financial support from ACS. A budget of maximum €1000 is available for each full day of the conference. Additionally, for one invited/keynote speaker, on the condition that this speaker’s lecture is open for all ACS scientists, a budget of maximum €1500 can be spent on hotel and travel expenses. Click here for conditions and more information.

Contribution to Printing Costs for Thesis from ACS (open)

ACS will as from January 2018 contribute €250 towards the printing costs of the thesis for ACS PhD candidates, graduating in 2018 or 2019. Click here for conditions and more information.

ACS-PhD projects call 2018 (closed)

Three PhD positions are available that will start 1-1-2019. The PhD student will be employed for 4 years by the ACS/VUmc directly. Pre-proposals should be submitted before 10 am on the 14th of June 2018, by a AMC-VUmc team. Download here the pre-proposal form, please stick to the format! All pre-proposals will be assessed by 3 reviewers from AMC/VUmc. Based on the review reports, 10 teams will be invited to submit (deadline August 23) and present (September 6) the full proposal. The proposals will be presented for an external committee and members of the ACS science board. The final decision will be communicated in October 2018. Please note that the main applicants should all be staff members, and can be part of only 1 team. Click here fore more information.


Submission pre-proposal June 14, 2018, 10 am
Deadline referent reports July 9, 2018, 10 am
Select projects for full application July 14, 2018, 10 am
Submission full application August 23, 2018, 10 am
Oral presentation of full applications (max 10) * September 6, 2018, 3-6 pm
Advice from Committee September 17, 2018
Final selection by ACS Directorate October, 2018

* external committee & members of ACS science committee

ACS equipment call 2018 (closed)

All departments of VUmc participating in ACS and that preferably collaborate with scientists within the AMC could apply for the Equipment Call 2018. All equipment financed by an ACS grant can be used by any ACS scientist after contacting the coordinator.

Post-doc grant (closed)

Grants for a full-time 1 year post-doctoral project (€70.000 per grant). The grant provides excellent young PhD the opportunity to obtain post-doc experience in a prestigious research center abroad.
Who: All ACS scientists presently on a postdoc contract. 

MD/PhD grant (closed)

Grants for a 1 day a week protected research time, 2 year post-doctoral project (€25.000 per grant). The MD/PhD grant is aimed at continuing research to become a good clinical investigator along with obtaining a medical specialization.

Who: Medical Specialist in training who obtained their PhD before their specialist training, or in the first 2 years of their training and started their training after January 2014. At the start of the grant there should remain at least 2 years of specialist training to combine with research. 

Out of the BOX grant (closed)

The Out of the BOX grant (OOTB; €25.000 per grant) should be used to strengthen a future grant application, in which researchers from the AMC and VUmc participate. Possible options for applications: proof of concept experiment, costs for unique (expensive) imaging or genetics studies, working visit abroad to gain expertise, or any other innovative idea which will improve your future grant application.

Who: Collaboration between a VUmc and an AMC project leader of ACS 
NB: A researcher may only submit one OOTB proposal.

Grants support and services AMC/VUmc

Research funding support is offered to AMC researchers and VU or VUmc researchers at  their respective grant offices.

Personal grants: depending on the employment institution of the applicant, the relevant office must be contacted, i.e. Grants Desk VU/VUmc (E: for personal grants only) or AMC Research Office (E: to enter the support group trajectory.

Collaborative projects: depending on the legal entity registered in the application (AMC, VUmc or VU), applicants are advised to inform their respective research support offices to enter the support trajectory such as the EU grants support trajectory, i.e. AMC Research Office grants support (E:, or Grants Desk VU/VUmc (E:

Do not hesitate to contact us if you have specific questions. The AMC Research office together with the VU/VUmc grants desk can arrange presentations for the institutes to discuss research funding opportunities and support.