Workshop: Photo by Moa Karlberg/Norden
Photo by Moa Karlberg/Norden

Call for proposals for The Joint Committee for Nordic Research Councils for the Humanities and the Social Sciences (NOS-HS)

The budget allocated for the call is approximately MNOK 14 for a period of 2 years (2023-2024). The grant amount is minimum NOK 290 000 and maximum 430 000 for a period of 2 years.

Focus of the call

The primary objective of the call is to support the development of new researcher- and curiosity-driven research areas and programmes within the humanities and social sciences in the Nordic countries. The proposed series of workshops must have a strong focus on research and novel research areas and already established and ongoing activities will not be supported. If the network that applies for funding already exists, the proposal must contain novel elements, including breaking new ground and new participants. Funding is not intended to cover plain conferences or postgraduate training courses. There must be strong elements of active discussion and contribution of all participants.

The secondary objective of the call is to encourage the inclusion of junior scholars and actors from outside academia in Nordic social sciences and humanities networks. It is also considered an advantage in the evaluation if a series of workshops aims at preparing ambitious research proposals to Nordic or international research programmes. However, this should not be the only purpose of the workshop series.

The NOS-HS objectives for explorative workshops are to

  • promote curiosity-driven and novel bottom-up research
  • promote Nordic added value in research
  • include researchers from all career stages to develop new networks
  • encourage early-career researchers to have active roles
  • include actors from outside academia when appropriate
  • support planning stages of large-scale projects

From 1 January 2022 the NOS-HS Secretariat and the administration of funded projects was transferred from the Academy of Finland to NordForsk. The allocations of NOS-HS are subject to the availability of appropriate funds in the budget for NOS-HS.

Please note that NordForsk may make changes to the call text until six weeks before the deadline. Any such changes will be stated clearly.


Bodil Aurstad. Photo: NordForsk

Bodil Aurstad

Special Adviser