Challenges for Europe

  • area of research: humanities and social sciences
  • Region: Germany
  • type of funding: international research projects
  • up to 1 million Euro
  • up to 4 years
  • research teams working on European challenges
  • Researchers from Germany and at least two other European countries should participate in the project.
  • additional benefits: funding for communication of science and research
Currently no open call
The call is dedicated to the challenges and dynamics of change within Europe. (Photo: mode_list - fotolia.com)
The call is dedicated to the challenges and dynamics of change within Europe. (Photo: mode_list - fotolia.com)

Objective 

The European Union is currently facing a number of serious challenges which are threatening both its operational capacities as well as the cohesion among its member states. Among them are economic crises, migration and refugee flows, Euroscepticism, populism and nationalism, the erosion of democracy, societal polarization as well as the Brexit.

In light of these challenges, the Foundation encourages researchers to develop research-based impulses for ideas and concepts aiming at Europe’s future viability. With this call the Foundation wants to stimulate basic research on issues affecting Europe, encourage comparative studies, and strengthen academic collaboration among European scholars.

Scope of Funding

The call targets scholars in the humanities and social sciences. Funding can be provided for the constitution of European research groups comprising scholars from Germany and at least two other European countries. A collaboration with researchers from Southern and Eastern Europe is parti-cularly desirable. If possible, young scholars should also be part of the research consortia. Currently, two calls for proposals are planned (2017 and 2018).

Details of requirements and the application procedure can be found under Information for Applicants (pdf). Applications must be submitted via the electronic application system.

Background

In light of numerous crises within Europe in the past years the Foundation set up the call "Challenges for Europe" in the summer of 2017. It is meant to generate knowledge on fundamental questions with regard to EU member states.