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Call for proposals: NOS-HS Project Grants

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.

Aim of the call and thematic framework

The NOS-HS-Project Grant Call is 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.

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 researchers within the Humanities and Social Sciences 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.

Eligible researchers completed their PhD 2-7 years before the deadline for this call, 15 November 2022. Any deductible time must be stated in the application form. The PhD age is calculated as the period of time between acquiring the PhD (the date as it appears on the PhD diploma) and the date for the application deadline.


Available budget is NOK 45 million.

Applicants are invited to apply for funding to establish a Nordic research project with a budget of maximum NOK 8 million and a duration of 3 years.

The intention is to provide funding for 5-7 research projects under this call.

Maximum amount of funding that may be sought: MNOK 8

Deadline for the call for proposals

15 November 2022.

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


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