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Grants to USA, Canada, and International Research Institutions for Collaborative Social Sciences Research

T-AP Digging into Data Challenge


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Trans-Atlantic Platform Social Sciences and Humanities
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Important Dates
Deadline: 06/29/16 11:59 PM EDT Receipt Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA, Canada, Argentina, Brazil, Finland, France, Germany, Mexico, Portugal, and Netherlands research institutions for transnational research collaborations in the areas of social sciences and humanities. Projects may address research questions in humanities or social sciences by using techniques of large-scale digital data analysis, and demonstrate how these new techniques can lead to new theoretical insights.

This program specifically aims to advance multidisciplinary collaborative projects in digital scholarship that seek new perspectives and insights. Proposals may address any research question in humanities or social sciences, utilizing any data source to do so.

Examples of research challenges that may be considered in projects include (but are not limited to):

1) Interpreting data: using data-based analysis, modeling and simulation techniques to gain new insights into how an increasingly connected and digital world is changing the ways in which groups and individuals are interacting, including but not limited to the creation and development of creative, cultural, and societal processes and phenomena, as well as analysis of historical trends and linguistic change.

2) Novel application of data: using one or more data sources which were not originally designed, generated, or collected for research purposes, for example, open data and open source systems or “live” data generated in real-time, either alone or in combination to address humanities and/or social science research questions.

3) Employing multi-form or multi-source data in research: exploring the potential for calibration, combination and interoperability of data sets in two or more different formats or from two or more different sources to address humanities and/or social science research questions.


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Applicants must apply as a transnational research project partnership. Each transnational project is a partnership among a number of national research teams based in any of the participating T-AP Digging into Data countries listed above.

Each project must:
- Consist of at least three eligible research teams based in at least three of the participating T-AP Digging into Data countries;
- Include teams from both sides of the Atlantic, i.e., from Europe and the Americas;
- Include teams led by an eligible Principal Investigator; if more than one team from the same country is participating in the same proposal, they must work together and designate one single Principal Investigator; and
- Designate one of the Principal Investigators as the project’s main Principal Investigator or coordinator.

Pre-Application Information
- June 29, 2016: Closing date for submission of proposals
- April, 2017: Successful applicants notified after
- June, 2017: Projects commence from (provided all relevant requirements are met)
- Early 2020: Final end-of-grant T-AP Digging into Data Conference

Additional country-specific documents may be found here:

German-based research teams must submit their proposal in parallel to the DFG online submission system following the instructions in the DFG Addendum. Brazil-based research teams must submit an abridged version of their proposal to FAPESP following the instructions in the FAPESP Addendum.

Applications must be submitted in English.

All research teams are strongly advised to contact their relevant Funding Organizations at least four weeks before the application deadline to check the eligibility of the national teams involved.

Estimated Size of Grant
- Argentina: Up to EUR 40,000 per project.
- Brazil: Up to $100,000 USD per project.
- Canada: Up to $100 CAD per project.
- Canada (Quebec): Up to $75,000 CAD per project.
- Mexico: Up to $400,000 USD per project.
- USA (1 Institutions): Up to $175,000 USD.
- USA (2 or More Institutions): Up to $200,000.
- Germany: No maximum.
- Finland: 4 projects totaling EUR 400,000.
- Netherlands: Up to EUR 125,000.
- UK: Up to GPB 150,000 for single organizations and up to GPB 200,00 for multiple organizations.

Term of Contract
Each international project will have a duration ranging between 24 (twenty-four) and 36 (thirty-six) months.

Contact Information
Apply online here:

Please see page three of the RFP for a full list of program contacts by country and region.

USA Contacts:
Jennifer Serventi

Joan Maling

Trevor Owens

Canada Contacts:
Mika Oehling

Etienne Carbonneau

Dave Bowen

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