International collaboration

NWO Humanities actively seeks to join international initiatives and networks to bring together the best research groups and researchers in the humanities.

European collaboration

Horizon 2020

NWO Humanities contributes to the realisation of the European framework programmes. Horizon 2020 currently offers many funding possibilities for researchers. NWO Humanities is contributing to the elaboration of the biannual Horizon 2020 work programmes in which the funding possibilities are published, in particular to the Grand Challenge 6: Europe in a Changing World – inclusive, innovative and reflective society.

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Science Europe

Science Europe is a European organisation that represents science. Science Europe brings together the strengths of the European Science Foundation (ESF) and the European Heads of Research Councils. The current programmes of ESF are being completed. NWO Humanities participates in the Humanities expert group of Science Europe and in the Standing Committee for the Humanities of the European Science Foundation.

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ERA-NET Humanities in the European Research Area

European research funding bodies work together in European Research Area Networks (ERA-NET) to coordinate their national research programmes at a European level. At the initiative of NWO Humanities the ERA-NET Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA) was set up and 25 European countries now participate in this network. HERA is committed to promoting the importance of the humanities in Europe and sets up large transnational Joint Research Programmes.

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Joint Programming Initiatives

Joint Programming Initiatives (JPIs) were established by the European Commission to align research into grand societal challenges at the European level. Ten JPIs have been defined so far. NWO Humanities is involved in the Joint Programming Initiative Cultural Heritage, which 26 countries are participating in.

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ESFRI (European Strategy Forum for Research Infrastructures)

The European Strategy Forum for Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) is used to strengthen the European integration and international reach of science. NWO Humanities is involved in two large ESFRI projects that aim to make a coherent and accessible infrastructure available to humanities researchers:

  • Common Language Research Infrastructure (CLARIN)
  • Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities DARIAH

CLARIN and DARIAH have now received the ERIC status from the European Commission. With an ERIC status, activities are exempted from VAT and are eligible to apply for relevant Horizon 2020 funding The main funding for these initiatives is however provided by the national partners.. In the Netherlands both projects are funded via the CLARIAH project.

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Global collaboration

Digging into Data Challenge

NWO Humanities is participating with several partner organisations in the Digging into Data Challenge. These partners are: the National Science Foundation (US), the National Endowment for the Humanities (US), the Institute of Museum and Library Services (US), the Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK), the Economic and Social Sciences Research Council (UK), JISC (UK) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (Canada). Via Digging into Data, collaborations between researchers from ICT, the humanities and the cultural heritage sector are encouraged. The collaboration focuses on new research questions that require the analysis of large quantities of digital research data.

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Transatlantic Platform for the Social Sciences and Humanities

NWO Humanities together with NWO Social Sciences has established a Transatlantic Research Platform for the social sciences and the humanities. The European Commission has made funding available for this platform. The most important objective is the exchange of knowledge and the setting up of joint activities for European funding bodies and their counterparts in the Americas.


Contact person NWO Humanities for international collaboration:

Alice Dijkstra
tel:+31 70 344 07 36