WIN-MESA+ Joint Seed Funding Program

Program Description

The Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology (WIN)-MESA+ Joint Seed Funding Program is a competitive program designed to foster interdisciplinary research between international partners for “high risk-high reward” blue-sky discoveries typically not supported by traditional granting agencies. The intent of the program is to kickstart research that could provide some initial data points and insights as a first step in targeting various established funding programs.

Program Details

Outstanding proposals clearing outlining the interdisciplinary nature of the research:

  1. Free-form proposal with specific section requirements as listed in the guideline (5 pages max) – .docx or .pdf files will be accepted
  2. Plain Language Summary (1500 characters)
  3. WIN Internal Cover Sheet
  4. Office of Research Cover Sheet
  5. See WIN-MESA+ Seed Funding Program Guidelines for more details


The team must consist of at least one full-time faculty member at the University of Twente’s MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology, and one full-time Core member of the University of Waterloo’s Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology (WIN). Associate members of WIN can be co-applicant.

Amount and Duration

The total budget for this program is €100,000 from MESA+ and $150,000 CAD from WIN. The maximum funding request for each submitted proposal is €50,000 for MESA+ applicants $75,000 CAD for WIN members. The project duration for the requested funding is for one year.

Deadlines: 30 November 2019; results announced 6 January 2020.

Submit to: Lisa Pokrajac, WIN Assistant Director, Research Programs