The EU-India Platform for Social Sciences and Humanities (EqUIP) is pleased to announce its first research funding call.

The call aims to bring together social science and humanities funders in India and Europe to support excellent and innovative research on sustainability, equity, wellbeing and cultural connections. The emphasis of the research will be on Indian and European dimensions, in both contemporary and historical contexts.

The call was developed following six symposia held in 2015 and 2016 that brought together researchers from India and a number of EU countries. These symposia helped to define common interests and research priorities to address societal challenges facing India and respective European countries as well as paving the way to address these challenges in a collaborative way.

With a total funding of €5.5 million, it is expected that six projects will be funded. Researchers from India, Finland, France, Norway, Poland, Slovenia, Switzerland and the United Kingdom are invited to apply.

Research proposals should focus on societal challenges facing both India and the respective European countries, with suggested themes including, but not limited to, sustainability, equity, wellbeing and cultural connections. Funders strongly encourage interdisciplinary approaches across the social sciences and humanities (SSH) to address the themes of this call. Other disciplines can also be involved in proposals as long as overarching focus remains rooted in SSH.

Each proposal under this call will require the building of consortia of three or more research groups based in three or more different countries participating in the call and be eligible for the funding from their national funding agencies. Every proposal must involve representation from researchers who are India eligible for funding by the participating Indian funding agencies.

The UK component of an international consortium will be required to propose a substantial level of interdisciplinary activity, bringing together and utilising research expertise and methodologies from both the arts and humanities and the social sciences. In the case of the UK, the research group would be expected to consist of at least two researchers taking into account the inter-disciplinarity requirement stated above.

The UK funders contribution to this call is being funded through the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). All UK proposals to this call must therefore meet the eligibility requirements of GCRF in addition to the general call requirements as set out in the main call for proposals.

GCRF forms part of the UK's Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitment, which focuses on outcomes that promote the long-term sustainable growth of countries on the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) list.

In order to assist potential applicants to network with researchers in other eligible countries, we have developed the opportunity for digital networking. Applicants are invited to use the EqUIP partner search tool, which facilitates matches between potential partners with similar ideas. It provides the opportunity to express interest either in joining a research proposal or to search for partner(s) for an existing proposal. All potential applications are encouraged to use the platform.

How to apply

The ESRC will provide call secretariat functions for this call. This is a one-stage call. Full proposals must be made to the ESRC via the research councils' Joint Electronic Submission (Je-S) system.

Further details on the call including application process and eligibility criteria will be provided with call specification and associated Je-S guidance.

Call documents (updated 7 November 2017)

Commissioning timetable

  • Call for proposals opens - w/c 4 September 2017  
  • Call closes - 16:00 (UK time) on 30 November 2017
  • Applicants informed of the outcome of the call - Late July/August 2018
  • Awards commence - January 2019