NWO Domain Social Sciences and Humanities publishes 3 digitalisation calls

Society is permeated with developments that have become possible due to digital technology. This digitalisation brings an infinite number of possibilities but also risks and threats and raises major societal questions. Since technological and social developments go hand-in-hand with digitalisation, the NWO Domain Social Sciences and Humanities is publishing three new calls in the area of digitalisation this spring.

Advance notice call ‘NWO Open Competition for Digitalisation – SSH

By specifically deploying substantial funds in the coming years for a domain-wide plan concerning digital social sciences and humanities, the disciplines of NWO Domain SSH will be given the possibility to collaborate together and to respond to the large and growing number of opportunities and challenges of the digital society.

Application must be submitted by at least two researchers; one from the Humanities and the other from the Social Sciences. For FASoS this could also be two researchers from our faculty.

  • Expected opening call: Mid-February
  • Deadline compulsory pre-proposal: 19 March 2019
  • Max. budget per project: 750,000 euro
  • NWO Contact person: Carry Hergaarden (OC-digitalisering@nwo.nl)

Call ‘Responsible Innovation. Designing for public values in a digital world’
A big challenge in digital societies is finding technological and institutional solutions for fundamental value conflicts. This challenge takes centre stage in this research programme. The aim is to generate scientific innovative knowledge and insights to strengthen the policy of the partners in this programme. The key question in this regard is how public values can be safeguarded in digital projects. The four themes of the agenda are: New digital technology in the modern rule of law; Privacy and human rights in new digital networks; Big Data science for a democratic public space; Complexity as a consequence of hyper-connectivity for public and private actors.

Call ‘Digital Society – the informed citizen’
This call connects with the VSNU Digital Society Research Agenda. It addressed the themes: “Citizenship & democracy” and “Digital Cities & Communities”. The programme lines “Responsible Data Science” and “Safety & Security” of this VSNU agenda will be cross-cutting lines in the research projects. The connecting element between the various themes is human action and how digitalisation and the access to the digital domain can play a role in this regard to prevent a Digital Divide with the associated undesirable social and cultural aspects. How can we equip the digital citizen as well as possible for participation in the digital domain? And conversely, which underlying ICT technologies must be developed to constructively guide digitalisation in these domains in a people-driven manner?

The call is an open call for the submission of full research proposals at the interface of SSH and ICT research.

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