International collaboration – SSH in Europe

The NWO Domain Social Sciences and Humanities is involved in European networks and Joint Programming Initiatives. In addition, NWO participates in various European research infrastructures for the social sciences and humanities. The domain also takes part in consultations about European research programmes.

Access to European infrastructure

NWO-SSH actively invests in facilities that researchers can use for their research. Via CLARIAH, Dutch humanities researchers participate in the European infrastructures CLARIN (Common Language Research Infrastructure) and DARIAH (Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities). Via ODISSEI , NWO ensures that social scientists have access to various European data infrastructures, including CESSDA (Council of European Social Science Data Archives), ESS (European Social Survey), SHARE (Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe), MESS (Measurement and Experimentation in the Social Sciences, known from the LISS Panel) and Euro-BioImaging.

European research networks

NWO Domain Social Science and Humanities is involved in several European Research Area Networks (ERA-NET). Within these networks, national research councils coordinate the research programmes at a European level. HERA (ERA-NET Humanities in the European Research Area) focusses on the importance of the humanities in Europe and sets up large transnational Joint Research Programmes.

FLAG-ERA supports three European Flagship projects with joint research. ENT (ERA-NET Transport) brings together knowledge and perspectives for sustainable transport. ERA-NET NEURON is a network for research in neurology.

NORFACE (New Opportunities for Research Funding Agency Co-operation in Europe) is network that NWO Domain Social Sciences and Humanities has participated in for a long time. It focusses on collaboration in the social and behavioural sciences by providing joint funding and networking opportunities.

Network INCF (International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility) develops infrastructures for the field of neuroinformatics and encourages the sharing of data and computer facilities. ORA (Open Research Area) jointly funds research projects in the social sciences in the Netherlands, France, Germany and the United Kingdom.

Policy: Horizon 2020, Horizon Europe and Science Europe

NWO participates in consultations about the European framework programme of the EU. For example, the NWO Domain Social Sciences and Humanities helps to elaborate the biennial work programmes for Europe in a Changing World – inclusive, innovative and reflective society in Horizon 2020 and is contributing to the preparations for the ninth framework programme Horizon Europe.

Interested in funding opportunities in Horizon 2020? Please read ‘Opportunities for Researchers from the Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities (SSH) in Horizon 2020’

Joint Programming Initiatives

The NWO Domain Social Sciences and Humanities participates in four Joint Programming Initiatives (JPIs) of the European Commission. The first is JPI Urban Europe. This programme funds interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research into solutions for issues related to urban problems within and outside of Europe. The second is JPI Cultural Heritage, for scientific collaboration to further the conservation of European cultural heritage. The third is JPI Climate, to coordinate climate research and to fund new transnational research initiatives. The fourth is JPI Water, for sustainable water systems.


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