Grants for Nordic Research Councils for the Humanities and the Social Sciences Workshop 2017

Publish Date: Feb 01, 2017

Deadline: Mar 21, 2017


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 programs within the humanities and social sciences in the Nordic countries. The budget allocated for the call is approximately 13 million SEK. The allocations of NOS-HS are subject to the availability of appropriate funds in the budget of NOS-HS.

Eligibility criteria for grant applications

You must fulfil the requirements set out below to be eligible to apply for the grant. The NOS-HS will carry out controls to ensure that applications that do not adhere to the eligibility criteria are rejected from further processing.

Workshop contents and structure

NOS-HS supports series of workshops held in the Nordic countries during 2018 – 2019. A series of workshops comprises two or three 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 research areas and programmes within the humanities and social sciences in the Nordic countries. Therefore, the proposed series of workshops must 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 also considered an advantage in evaluation 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.

Applicant 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.

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. 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.

If you are granted funding, you must be employed by the administrating organisation during the grant period. 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).

Participating researchers

You must include a minimum of two participating researchers from two different Nordic countries in the application. You can include a maximum of six participating researchers. The participating researchers must, together with the project leader, represent at least three institutions in three different Nordic countries. Participating researchers are researchers who play a key role in the planning and implementation of the proposed workshops. The participating researchers must hold Nordic doctoral degrees or equivalent.

Costs and grant funding

The grant may be used to cover any costs related to organising the series of workshops and disseminating the workshop results. Indirect (overhead) costs are covered up to a flat rate of 10 % of the total grant amount. The grant may not be used to cover research 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 amounts 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 2018–2019, starting earliest from 1 January 2018. 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 NOS-HS workshop grant that continues during the grant period of this call. You may not have previously been awarded a 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.

How do I apply?

You apply electronically through Prisma, which is the grant application system used by the Swedish Research Council. You create an application in the Prisma system by filling out the text fields, retrieving CV information from your personal account and by enclosing the required appendices.

Participating researchers

One of the application requirements is to include at least two participating researchers from two different Nordic countries. The participating researchers need to create personal Prisma accounts and register their personal data and CV. You, as the applicant, must invite the participating researchers into the application. The participating researchers must thereafter agree to their participation. Once this has been done, the participating researchers will be able to extract needed information from their CV into the application and participate in writing the application. Please note that you must include at least two participating researchers in your application. Other workshop participants shall be listed in a separate list, see “What must the application contain?”.

Text fields

Some of the text fields in the application form are formattable, which means that in those fields you can change the font and size and insert certain tables, formulas and symbols. If you have written the text in advance using Microsoft Word, you will also be able to copy paste the text and keep the initial formatting. Pictures can however not be inserted into the text fields.

All text fields have limitations as to the number of characters and this is illustrated by a word count calculator. If you use too many characters you will not be able to register the application.


Both you, as applicant, and the official representative of the administrating organisation must sign the application electronically in Prisma. Signing is completed when the person responsible for initiating the application at the administrating organisation registers the application.

For more information please click "Further Official Information" below.

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