Research Area Humanities

How do we keep art and cultural heritage accessible to a broad public? What role does religion play in national and international conflicts? How do we make language comprehensible? How will our society optimally benefit from robots? These are just some of the questions that humanities research can provide answers to.

The research area humanities, part of the NWO Domain Social Sciences and Humanities, covers the historical sciences, linguistics, literature studies, cultural sciences, religious studies, media studies and philosophy.


NWO research in the humanities


Funding instruments in the Research Area Humanities


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Programmes in the Research Area Humanities


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Proposition for Top Sector Creative Industry [in Dutch]