Call for Research Project – FRANS SEDA FOUNDATION International Research Collaboration (IRC) 2022 – Cycle 1

About the Frans Seda Foundation

The life-long commitment of Frans Seda, an Indonesian statesman, inspired the creation of the foundation. The late Frans Seda is seen as one of Indonesian leading figure who during his lifetime has been instrumental in building bridges between islands, religions, and nations by creating opportunities for others.

The Frans Seda foundation itself was established in 2012 when members of the Tilburg Student Fraternity I.K.S. at Catholic University of Tilburg (now Tilburg University), in which Frans Seda was also a member decided to continue and preserve his legacy by establishing a foundation that continuing Frans Seda’s courage in creating opportunities for others.

One of the goals of the Frans Seda Foundation is to seek and promote innovative ideas through active collaboration between scholars of Indonesia and The Netherlands. While at the same time, the foundation also working in spreading and fostering the philosophy of Frans Seda in finding solutions for challenges that are related with political economy, social transformation, and social justice issues.

The Frans Seda Foundation International Research Collaboration (FSF IRC)

The FSF IRC aims to encourage research collaboration between Indonesian and Dutch scholars to think innovatively and critically in finding solutions to critical issues related with political economy, social justice, and social transformation in both countries.

Furthermore, it is in the interest of the foundation that the conclusion/ finding of this international research collaboration can be use as a recommendation and/or to influence policy makers and other relevant stakeholders in relations with critical issues mentioned above. The Frans Seda Foundation will value attractive and innovative research proposal of joint research collaboration to fulfill the said goals and interest.

If awarded the funding from FSF IRC may serve as a component that is part of a larger collaborative research fund that the applicants have received from others, or to serve as a seed funding for an early-stage collaborative research initiative, and/or for finalizing ongoing collaborative research that is already in near completion.

Applicants Requirements:

(Please read carefully)

  1. The application for FSF IRC will begin with the submission of a LOI (Letter of Intent.) The content of the LOI will be explained below.
  2. Each LOI must have one PI (Principal Investigators) and one Co PI (the two people, one must be a citizen of Indonesia and the other must be a citizen of the Netherlands). The pair are working/collaborating on a topic in one proposal. Please note: Each PI and co-PI can only submit one LOI project hence, they cannot be listed as PI or co-PI in a different LOI for FSF IRC project submission.
  3. As mentioned, the FSF IRC funding can be used for an early stage of a research collaboration, a preliminary research project involving the scholars from both countries, and to finalize an ongoing collaborative research project to its completion.
  4. The topic for the collaborative research project should be related with issues on political economy and/or social transformation and/or social justice in Indonesia and the Netherlands (comparative), only in Indonesia or only in The Netherlands.
  5. All FSF IRC applicants must submit a brief Letter of Intent (LOI) on an institution letterhead. The LOI must contain the following information: Brief description of the project including its goals, the names of the PI and institutions they represent.
  6. The LOI will then be reviewed by FSF and only those who are selected will be invited to submit a longer and more detailed proposal of funding (see below for proposal requirements).
  7. The proposal once submitted will be reviewed and selected by the Frans Seda Foundation FSF IRC committee.
  8. In the Proposal stage, the PI must provide a letter of support from each of the PI institutions indicating the acknowledgement and support of the institution to the individual PI collaborative research application to FSF IRC.
  9. The FSF IRC recipients must present the result of their work in a form of public lecture, provide a short write up to the foundation and report in how the fund being used upon the completion/targeted goals of the research project.
  10. The name Frans Seda Foundation must be acknowledged in all publications and/or research outcomes related with the project.
  11. The project/goal of the project where the fund is used must be completed within 3 months from when the funding has been granted. (Note: The foundation may consider extending the deadline on a case-to-case basis.)

Amount of Funding

The IRC will provide between IDR 15-30 million for each approved project. We estimate to give funding for up to 4 proposals /cycle from the planned 2 cycle per year.

Application Form and Submission of the Letter of Interest (LOI)

All FSF IRC applicants must fill the application form in the following link:

The Application and the LOI (Letter of Interest) should be submitted at the latest by June 11, 2022, at 12.00 pm (GMT +7) Western Indonesian Time

Proposal Requirements

(only for those who passed the LOI stage and invited to submit a longer proposal)

Cover Letter:

Please provide an appropriate cover letter (with institutional letterhead) addressed to the FSF IRC selection committee that accompanies the proposal. The cover letter must indicate the short description of the reason for applying for FSF IRC and brief information about the applicants.

Section I: Applicant information

PI and co-PI names, titles, departments, address, and contact info (email, Phone Number), a copy of passport from both PI and co-PI

Section II: Project information

Project title and abstract (250-word limit) describing the proposed research project, the research group or enterprise that will ultimately result from this initial effort (if any), an assessment of how the FSF IRC may contribute to the project’s significance and importance. Please note that this abstract should contain non-confidential information, as abstracts of funded proposals (if it is part of a larger proposal)

Section III: Proposal

The applicant should give a description of the proposed research project using terms that do not require reviewers to be experts in the sub-area of the research. The applicant should clearly describe the goals of the research, the activities to be carried out to achieve those goals, a timetable for completing these activities, and how FSF IRC fund can/may contribute to the project along with an assessment of the potential for subsequent external funding (if needed). 

The proposal must not exceed five pages. Font use is Times New Roman, at a size of 11 or 12. Margins, in all directions, must be at least 0.5”.  A short (2-page maximum) list of references/bibliography may be appended and is not included in the 5-page proposal limit. Proposal (and list of references/bibliography if included) will be uploaded as one pdf file and sent via email to the FSF IRC email address.

Section IV: Bio-sketch

A short 1-2 pages Bio-sketch for each of the collaborator must be included in the proposal.

Section V: Budget worksheet and research timeline

A budget that itemizes general categories of expenses for which FSF IRC award funds will be used and a brief justification for these expenses, including the role of all personnel. Note that as these are internal funds, overhead costs are not allowed. 

Please provide a timeline that indicates how the funding will be used in the project. The timeline must include a list of activities and approximate time to complete the goal of where the fund is being used. Please note: the FSF IRC funding must be used within 3 months after the funding has been granted to the successful applicants.


LOI (Letter of Intent) submission: June 11, 2022, midnight.

Proposal invitation for those who passed the LOI selections: June 18, 2022

Complete proposal deadline submission via email August 18, 2022.

Any questions regarding FSF IRC can be sent to this following contact info:

Thank you!