Research Area Social Sciences

Social sciences help to answer a wide range of societal issues and are crucial for gaining insight into the dynamics of society and the behaviour of groups and individuals.

For example: how do we ensure that growing cities remain viable, liveable and accessible? How is the ageing population affecting education? What is the role of cognition in the eating behaviour of overweight people?

Social Sciences has four main groups of disciplines:

  • Economics and business administration
  • Behaviour and education
  • Law and administration
  • Social sciences

These main groups comprise more than 15 scientific disciplines.

Temporary taskforces

The research area Social Sciences supports two temporary taskforces:

Examples of funding instruments

All grants for Social Sciences

Examples of programmes

All programmes for Social Sciences

Social Infrastructure Agenda


Social Infrastructure Agenda (only available in Dutch)

The Social Infrastructure Agenda considers urgent questions in the areas of human capital, smart governance, sustainability, social security, safety, responsible innovation and security. These complex societal systems are investigated from several perspectives and scientific disciplines. With this approach, the Agenda contributes to solving societal issues that are relevant for all individual top sectors.