Challenges for Europe

area of research: humanities and social sciences
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

Next deadline envisaged for autumn 2018

Europa bei Nacht, aus dem Weltraum gesehen (Foto: mode_list -
The call is dedicated to the challenges and dynamics of change within Europe. (Photo: mode_list -


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.

Details of requirements and the application procedure will be provided in early summer 2018 under Information for Applicants (pdf). Applications must be submitted via the electronic application system.


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.