International funding calls at the turn of the year 2013/2014


NOS-HS: Nordic exploratory workshops

The Joint Committee for Nordic Research Councils for the Humanities and Social Sciences (NOS-HS) is a collaborative body for Nordic research councils (Academy of Finland, Swedish Research Council, Research Council of Norway, Rannis – The Icelandic Centre for Research and Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation) responsible for research within the humanities and social sciences. NOS-HS supports series of two to three exploratory workshops held in the Nordic countries. The call will open in 2014.

NOS-HS has limited its funding to NOK 240,000 (approx. EUR 29,000) for each series of workshops. The workshops must be held in 2014 or 2015. NOS-HS expects to support approximately 14 series of exploratory workshops. The funding can be used for operating expenses for workshop activities, operating expenses covering travel and living expenses, and for dissemination of published results. A maximum of 10 per cent of the total amount applied for can be used for administrative expenses (overheads). The proposal must include applicants from at least three different Nordic countries. Part of the objective of a series of workshops can be, for instance, to prepare a proposal for the European Commission’s next framework programme, Horizon 2020.

The call text is available in English on the NOS-HS website. Choose the call and read the guidelines under Announcement.

A PDF version of the call text has also been posted on the Academy of Finland’s website under Apply now.

The call opens on 3 January 2014 and closes on 14 February 2014 at 13.00 CET. Applications are submitted electronically on the NOS-HS website.

More information:

  • the Academy’s website: Apply now
  • Senior Adviser Hedvig Buene, NOS-HS, Research Council of Norway, tel. +47 22 03 72 42, hb(at)
  • Senior Science Adviser Päivi Messo, Biosciences and Environment Research Unit, tel. +358 295 335 074, paivi.messo(at)

IIASA: Summer programme for young scientists

IASA, the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, is an international multidisciplinary research institute located near Vienna. IIASA’s annual three-month Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP) offers research opportunities to talented young researchers. Each year, the YSSP Committee selects about 50 students from more than 20 countries for the programme. Through the programme, young researchers can advance their research under the supervision of experienced IIASA scientists and broaden their research interests by working in IIASA’s interdisciplinary and international research environment. The Institute’s working language is English. One of the key eligibility criteria is that the applicant’s research proposal clearly fits the research agenda of a selected IIASA programme.

Finnish applicants can apply for mobility funding from the Academy of Finland after being selected into the summer programme. The funding is intended to cover participation costs.

The deadline is 13 January 2014.

More information:

NordForsk: Nordic Centre of Excellence in Societal Security

NordForsk has issued a call for proposals for the establishment of one or more Nordic Centres of Excellence in the field of societal security. The NCoE on societal security must have a commitment from institutions in at least three participating Nordic countries (Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden). The formal applicant must be an institution, organisation or other legal entity based in one of these countries.

The call aims to address common Nordic societal security issues. The applications should employ a multidisciplinary approach and focus on cross-sectoral and transboundary issues and consequences. The Nordic Societal Security Programme has decided to fund one or more NCoEs for research on societal security with a proposed timeframe of five years. The funding can be used for researcher salaries and research costs as well as research visits. The proposal deadline is 15 January 2014.

The Academy of Finland’s Research Council for Culture and Society will organise an exploratory workshop on societal security on 7 February 2014. Also, a call on the same theme will open in connection with the Academy’s April 2014 call.

More information:

  • NordForsk call: Science Adviser Kustaa Multamäki, Culture and Society Research Unit, tel. +358 295 335 078, firstname.lastname(at)
  • exploratory workshop: Science Adviser Tiina Forsman, Culture and Society Research Unit, tel. +358 295 335 074, firstname.lastname(at)

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