Strategy NWO Domain Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH)

Connecting Science and Society

The Social Sciences and Humanities Domain Board is working on an implementation memorandum that will be used to provide a concrete interpretation of the new strategy of NWO.

‘In the coming years, NWO will facilitate the scientific and societal impact of Dutch research whilst retaining the focus on fundamental research’, says NWO executive president Stan Gielen. ‘If Dutch research is to retain its leading position then, besides a strong disciplinary basis, more collaboration is vital. Collaboration between disciplines, between sectors and throughout the knowledge chain is a superb way of contributing to surprising new insights.’

The new strategy for the coming period 2019 to 2022, describes the five ambitions of NWO to facilitate the scientific and societal impact of Dutch research in the coming years:

  • Nexus role: connecting agendas, science and society
  • People: perspective for researchers
  • Research: collaboration for excellence and innovation
  • Infrastructure: accessible and sustainable scientific infrastructure
  • Knowledge sharing: effective use of knowledge through co-design and co-creation

Implementation memorandum

The implementation memorandum of the NWO Domain Social Sciences and Humanities provides a concrete interpretation of the NWO strategy with due consideration to the specific wishes and needs of this field. The domain board is pleased to submit the draft version of the implementation memorandum to the field by means of an online consultation.

Online consultation

From the end of May until 17 June both the draft version of the implementation memorandum as well as several short questions about this will be available online. Researchers and other stakeholders are cordially invited to complete this brief questionnaire (it will take at most 15 minutes). The domain board will use the answers to determine whether NWO-SSH has set out a clear strategic course, which provides an adequate response to issues that are important for the social sciences and humanities both now and in the future.

In September, once the input from the questionnaires has been processed, the domain board will present the implementation memorandum for the social sciences and humanities, which will contain its ambitions for the coming years.

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