International collaboration

Internationalisation of Social Sciences

Apart from the network maintained by and among researchers, NWO actively seeks to join international initiatives in order to bring together the best research groups and researchers in the field of social sciences. These initiatives are financed with NWO funds, partner funds and occasionally by the European Commission. NWO participates in the following networks and instruments:

Networks and cooperation within Europe

NORFACE: New Opportunities for Research Funding Agency Co-operation in Europe
NORFACE (New Opportunities for Research Funding Agency Cooperation in Europe) has offered unique opportunities for participating funding agencies by developing common research funding instruments, thus creating opportunities for facilitating and building new networks of research collaboration in the social sciences. More information

Open Research Area (ORA)
The Open Research Area (ORA) finances collaborative research projects in the social sciences in The Netherlands, France, Germany and the United Kingdom. More information

Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) Urban Europe
Through JPI Urban Europe, member countries can generate European solutions for urban challenges by means of coordinated research. The aim is to create attractive, sustainable and economically viable urban areas, in which European citizens, communities and their surroundings can thrive. More information

Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) Climate
JPI Climate is a collaboration between 14 European countries to coordinate jointly their climate research and fund new transnational research initiatives. More information: JPI Climate.

European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI)
ESFRI is a strategic instrument to develop the scientific integration of Europe and to strengthen its international outreach. The competitive and open access to high quality Research Infrastructures supports and benchmarks the quality of the activities of European scientists. More information

NWO Social sciences participates in and supports five infrastructures that are part of the ESFRI- roadmap:

Other Cooperation within Europe

Evidence Informed Policy and Practice in Education in Europe (EIPPEE)
The EIPPEE Network is made up of organisations and individuals working together in groups on specific aspects of the use of evidence. They work in dozens of different countries and communicate mainly electronically and occasionally by meeting. More information: EIPPEE and PROO

International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility (INCF)
INCF develops collaborative neuroinformatics infrastructure and promotes the sharing of data and computing resources to the international research community. Neuroinformatics integrates information across all levels and scales of neuroscience to help understand the brain and treat disease. More information: INCF and Neuroinformatics NL

Flagship ERA-NET (FLAG-ERA)
FLAG-ERA gathers most regional and national funding organisations (NRFOs) in Europe with the goal of supporting the Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) Flagship concept and more specifically, the FET Flagship initiatives Graphene and Human Brain Project (HBP). More information

Era-net Transport (ENT)
Era-net Transport (ENT) is a platform of different European research parties involved in transport industry. This collaborative cross-border consortium brings together a range of knowledge and viewpoints to create a sustainable transport (r)evolution. NWO Social Sciences, together with the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure & Sustainability (Infrastructuur & Milieu) are involved in this Era-net Transport as part of the TKI Logistics. More information

Networks and instruments outside Europe

NWO-MaGW participates in bilateral collaboration with China, India, South-Africa and countries in Latin-America and contributes to T-AP, a Trans-Atlantic Platform.

T-AP: Trans-Atlantic Platform
T-AP aims at intensifying the collaboration and explores the possibilities for developing thematic research programmes with councils in Europe, Brasil, Mexico, Canada and the United States of America. More information

Cooperation with China
In 2014 the cooperation with China continues within two programmes:

Cooperation between India and Europa
Four funding agencies: ANR (Frankrijk), DFG (Duitsland), ESRC (United Kingdom) and NWO-MaGW have a joint programme with the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR, India) to develope the collaboration between researchers from Europe and India. More information

EqUIP: EU-India Platform for the Social Sciences and Humanities
EqUIP is the EU-India Platform for the Social Sciences and Humanities will bring together research funding and support organisations in Europe and India in order to develop a stronger strategic partnership. More information

Migration, Development and Conflict – Zuid-Afrika, India en Nederland
The research programme Migration, Development and Conflict investigates from different perspectives the reciprocity between the positive and negative aspects of cross-border migration. More information

Coorperation NWO, ESCR and FAPESP (Brasil)
NWO Social Sciences has organised a programme on Sustainable Urban Development, in cooperation with the funding agencies ESRC (United Kingdom) and FAPESP (State of São Paulo, Brazil). The aim of this programme is to strengthen research cooperation between researchers in these countries by funding joint research projects in the field of Sustainable Urban Development.