ACS grants

The Amsterdam Cardiovascular Sciences (ACS) institute started at the 1st of January 2016. ACS provide funds to support collaboration between scientists from Amsterdam AMC and VUmc. ACS is organized in five research programs and a proposal for funding must fit in one of the programs. The board of directors of ACS has decided to invest the budget on the following grants:

Currently open

  • Support from ACS for thesis print costs

ACS will as from January 2018 contribute €250 towards the printing costs of the thesis for ACS PhD candidates, graduating in 2018 or 2019. Please read the conditions when you start your PhD! You need to be an active PhD student within ACS. For conditions, click here.

  • Support from ACS for national conferences

When a PI from ACS organises a national conference (at least one full day) in the field of Cardiovascular Research in Amsterdam UMC, it is possible to obtain financial support from ACS. For more information, click here.

  • Support from ACS for international conferences

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 is available. For more information, click here.


Currently closed

Two grants for ACS PhD student research projects are available. This grant is for a PhD research project in which researchers from Amsterdam UMC location AMC and VUmc participate. For more information, click here.

  • Post-doc grant

Grants (€70.000 per grant) for a full-time 1 year post-doctoral project. The grant provides excellent young PhD the opportunity to obtain post-doc experience in a prestigious research center abroad.

  • MD/PhD grant

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

  • Out of the Box grant

Out of the Box grants (€25.000) should be used to strengthen a future grant application, in which researchers from Amsterdam UMC location 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.

  • Equipment grant

Budget is available for equipment costs over 12,000 euro including VAT. All departments of VUmc participating in ACS are entitled to ask for a part of this budget. We prefer applications in which AMC scientists participate. The budget can be spent on new techniques, not on standard equipment like freezers.