In the Nordic countries, several reports point to challenges for young researchers in the social sciences and humanities. The academic career paths for young researchers within the Humanities and Social Sciences are under pressure from a range of sources. Such pressure includes the lack of sufficient research funding, as well as the disconnect between an increasing number of temporary research positions and a stable or decreasing number of permanent academic positions.
The new NOS-HS-Project Grant Call will be an open call for bottom-up curiosity-driven research within the humanities and social sciences. The call aims to provide an opportunity for early-career researchers (2-7 years) to build Nordic networks, and to promote Nordic added value in research.
Terje Lohndal, chair of the NOS-HS programme committee, is very excited for the upcoming call and says:
"Fostering new generations of scientists is vital, and for that to happen there have to be many opportunities to apply for funding. This new call is an exciting opportunity for young researchers in the humanities and social sciences across the Nordic region, and I am especially happy that it supports bottom-up curiosity-driven research."
The Joint Committee for Nordic research councils in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NOS-HS) is a cooperation between the research councils in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden responsible for research within the Humanities and Social Sciences. An important objective in the strategic plan for NOS-HS is to consider how to best realise Nordic added value in the context of the humanities and social sciences. This includes supporting collaboration between Nordic researchers by funding Nordic project grants, paving the academic career paths for young SSH researchers in the Nordic countries.
The research projects must include partners from research performing organisations in at least four Nordic countries. Nordic countries are defined here as Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Faroe Islands, Greenland, and Åland.
The host institution (Project Owner) for the research project must be a research performing organisation based in a Nordic country.
The project leader must be a qualified researcher with 2-7 years of experience since completion of PhD (or equivalent) and employed by the host institution during the grant period.
The Call opens mid-August 2022, and the deadline for applications will be mid-November 2022. The maximum amount of funding that may be sought is MNOK 8.
The project duration is three years. Please note that the dates for opening and closing of the call, as well as the funding level, are tentative and may be subject to changes.