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NWO is making 6 million euros available for digitalisation in the Social Sciences and Humanities. A new funding instrument will be opened for this, to strengthen inter- and multidisciplinary collaboration between researchers from Social Sciences and Humanities. The deadline for pre-proposals has been postponed.

*UPDATE*: The deadline for pre-proposals for the call NWO Open Competition for Digitalisation - SSH has been postponed to 9 April 2019. Also, a new advance call text has been published with some clarifications. Opening fo the call is pending approval from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.

NWO is making 6 million euros available for digitalisation in the social sciences and humanities. NWO is therefore responding to the increasing demand for funding for research into the important societal questions concerning big data, artificial intelligence and social media, as well as the scientific practice associated with these.

Call for proposals

The first call for proposals "NWO Open Competition for Digitalisation – SSH" will be published by the end of January or the beginning of February. Given the short period between the call being published and the deadline for compulsory preproposals on 19 March 2019, NWO has made an exception by making the call for proposals available in advance. This will allow potential applicants to beforehand gain an idea of the possibilities and the conditions, and enable them to make initial preparations for submitting the proposals.


Applications are submitted by at least two researchers, one of whom works in and is assigned to a Faculty of Humanities and the other works in and is assigned to a Faculty of Social Sciences. One of them acts as main applicant, the other is co-applicant. For each proposal, researchers can request a maximum of €750,000 to cover personnel costs, material budget and costs for valorisation and knowledge utilisation. The deadline for submitting final proposals is 24 September 2019.