Grants for NOS-HS workshops 2016 – call for proposals

Grants for NOS-HS workshops 2016 – call for proposals

The Joint Committee for Nordic Research Councils for the Humanities and the Social Sciences (NOS-HS) invites proposals for funding covering series of Nordic workshops. The aim of the grant is to promote research collaboration and development of new research areas and programmes within the humanities and social sciences in the Nordic countries. The budget allocated for the call is approximately 11 million SEK, and NOS-HS will support a maximum of 25 series of workshops.

Please read the instructions for applying!

The instructions can be found here.

You will find answers to most of your questions concerning the content of the application there.

Type of grant: Grants for NOS-HS workshops 2016
Objective: The aim of the grant is to promote research collaboration and development of new research areas and programmes within the humanities and social sciences in the Nordic countries.
Subject field: Humanities and Social Sciences
Applicant status: Single researcher
Participating researchers: Two participating researchers from two different Nordic countries must be included.
Grant period 1.1.2017 – 31.12.2018
Grant amount: 300 000 – 450 000 SEK
Budgetary framework: 11 000 000 SEK for a period of 2 years
Call deadline: 23.02.2016 at 2 PM
Publication of grant award decisions: 23 June 2016
Grant period start date: 1 January 2017, earliest.


Grant Application Requirements

In the period 2015-2018, the NOS-HS secretariat is located in Sweden and will, accordingly, be subject to Swedish administrative law. This means that in case the application, or the applicant, does not fulfil the eligibility criteria for the grant in question, or where the application guidelines have not been adhered to, the NOS-HS may reject the application. The NOS-HS will in an initial state screen all applications to ensure that the above criteria are fulfilled.

Workshop contents and structure

NOS-HS supports series of workshops held in the Nordic countries during 2017 – 2018. A series of workshops comprises two to three separate workshops that focus on a specific scientific theme. Each workshop is typically held over a period of one to three days. A limited number of participants have, based on their scientific expertise, been invited to discuss the relevant subject.


The primary objective of the call is to promote the development of new researcher- and curiosity-driven areas and programmes within the humanities and social sciences in the Nordic countries. Therefore, the proposed series of workshops should have a strong research focus and focus on novel research areas. It is not possible to apply for already established and on-going activities.

The secondary objective of the call is to encourage the inclusion of junior scholars and actors from outside of the academia in Nordic social sciences and humanities networks. It is considered an advantage if a series of workshops aims at preparing ambitious research proposals to Nordic or international research programmes. NOS-HS would also like to see projects where questions relevant to research policy are addressed, directly or indirectly.

Applicants and administrating organisation

The workshop grant call is open to individual researchers in the Nordic countries. To be eligible to apply, you must hold a Nordic doctoral degree or an equivalent foreign degree. The doctoral degree must have been awarded before the deadline of this call.

Two participating researchers from two different Nordic countries must be included in the application. The participating researchers must, together with the project leader, represent three institutions in three different Nordic countries. Participating researchers are researchers who play a key role in the implementation of the proposed research activities. The participating researchers must hold Nordic doctoral degrees or equivalent.

The grant must be administered by a Nordic university, Nordic Higher Education Institution, or another Nordic public organisation that fulfils the Swedish Research Council’s requirements for administrating organisations.

If you are granted funding, you must be employed by the administrating organisation when the grant period begins. The administrating organisation will acknowledge this commitment by signing the application in The Swedish Research Council’s grant application system Prisma (see instructions for applying).

Please note that you will not be able to submit your application before The Swedish Research Council has approved your organisation as an administrating organisation.


The grant may be used to cover any costs related to organising the series of workshops and disseminating the workshop results. Administrative costs are covered up to a flat rate of 10 % of the total grant amount. The grant does not cover overhead costs.

The grant may not be used for scholarships. It is not possible to apply for already established and ongoing activities.

You may apply for a total of SEK 300 000 – 450 000. Applications for a lower or higher amount will be rejected and not processed further. No additional funding is to be expected from the NOS-HS for this purpose or any secondary activities.

Grant period

The grant covers a series of two or three workshops held in the Nordic countries during 2017-2018, starting earliest from 1st January 2017. The funding may be used for up to additional 6 months after the grant period ends.

Number of applications and previous grants

You can only submit one application for this call. You may not be the project leader of an ongoing (or previously been awarded) research grant for the same series of workshops or the same project idea. Also, you may not apply funding for organising workshops within ongoing research projects.

For all grants funded by the NOS-HS, a financial report must be presented within the prescribed deadlines. If you have received funding from the NOS-HS before, you will only be able to apply for a new grant if the final financial report on the previous grant has been submitted within the prescribed deadline. Should a financial report be missing, the current application will be rejected. For questions as to whether your financial statements have been submitted, please turn to your administrating organisation.

Scientific evaluation of applications

All applications are assessed by evaluation panels composed of Nordic and international researchers. There are two evaluation panels this year: one with a broad focus on Social Sciences, and another with a broad focus on Humanities. The following criteria are used in the assessments:

  • Novelty and originality of the research initiative.
  • Added value of the research initiative in relation to the Nordic research community and society at large.
  • Quality of the workshop programme.
  • Scientific qualifications of applicant and participating researchers.
  • Expected concrete benefits and outcomes, including publications, proposals to Nordic or international research programmes (e.g. Horizon 2020), inclusion of early stage researchers in Nordic research networks, and research policy impact.

The NOS-HS decides which proposals will receive funding in mid-June 2016. All principal applicants will receive a letter indicating the NOS-HS’ decision. The names of successful applicants will be published on the NOS-HS’ website.

Read more about the review process.

Instructions for applying

You will find all information needed for applying by following the links below. We advise you to familiarize yourself with the instructions and the grant application system Prisma in good time before the call deadline. Application addenda will not be accepted after the call deadline. If you do not fulfil the terms and conditions, or if you have not followed the instructions, this may either be considered in the assessment of your application or result in your application being rejected.

Please note that the applicant and the participating researchers must have personal accounts in Prisma to be able to complete and submit the application. The participating researchers will themselves have to enter the required information into the application system, and link it to the application. Additional collaboration partners including additional Nordic researchers and participating researchers from non-Nordic countries do not need Prisma accounts. Their roles shall be presented in the participant list in the application.

The organisation that will administer the grant, must create an organisation account in Prisma and be approved as an administrating organisation by The Swedish Research Council. It may take up to two weeks to get a new administrating organisation approved. Make sure that your administrating organisation is aware of this. You will find a list of the Nordic universities and Higher Educational Institutions that already have organisation accounts here.

Instructions for applying

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Terms and conditions

FAQ concerning Prisma, the application system


Questions regarding application content

Emmie Chau

E-mail; Telephone: +46(0)8-546 44 022

Anni Järvelin

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Technical questions

We kindly ask you to first consult the help menu in Prisma, where you will find instructions and FAQs as well as detailed user guides which describe most of the required steps in Prisma.

If you cannot find the answer to your technical question in the above-mentioned information material, please contact our technical support team. Note that it may take up to 1-2 working days before you get a reply, depending on the workload.

NOS-HS member organisations