AI Democratisation seed funding call - apply before 21/04/22

Updated: Apr 1


We are excited to announce this AI Democratisation seed funding call together with HumaneAI2!


Do you have an innovative interdisciplinary idea on AI Democratisation? Could you use some funding for it?


The grants have a duration of max half a year, counting from the starting date. They are available to all postgraduate students (Masters and PhDs) as well as early-career researchers from PostDocs to Assistant Professors (up to 5 years from the PhD) at the UvA.


Application procedure:

  • Applications should be submitted no later than the 21st of April (end of the day).

  • Applications should be submitted via email (see instructions at the bottom of this page).

  • Decisions will be taken at the beginning of early May.

  • The research would need to start between September 2022 and April 2023.

  • Decisions are made by the RPA Human(e) AI Steering Committee together with the Civic AI Lab leadership, using the criteria below.

Click here to find more information and apply by the 21 of April!


AI Democratisation


Artificial Intelligence (AI) already has a transformative impact on our societies. There is more potential to improve people’s everyday lives, culturally, socially and economically. This potential stands and falls with further AI democratisation, by which we mean the extent to which people are involved in the design, development, application, and testing of AI. AI democratisation is currently reduced either to the responsible, transparent, and explainable development of AI in the science and tech industries or to the regulation of AI by governments and institutions to curb the power of platform companies and empower users to make informed choices. To harness the full potential of AI to improve the quality of people’s lives and to help respond to persistent social challenges such as social injustice and inequality, a stronger push for the democratization of AI beyond these initiatives is needed. It entails an approach in which individuals, communities, and civil society play a central and continuous role in the design, development, application, and advancement of AI and the conceptualisation of the values that inform its design.



With this call together HumaneAI2 we would like to promote interdisciplinary work and to initiate projects that create a bridge between specialists from inside the AI ecosystem as well as outside.

This call is in accordance to the ambition of UvA to UvA to focus on the development of communities and stimulate cross-faculty and interdisciplinary research on AI and democratisation.



Let us support you in democratising AI!