Call announcement

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 a number of social science and humanities funders in India and Europe to support excellent and innovative research on sustainability, equity, well-being and cultural connections. The emphasis of the research will be on Indian and European dimensions, in both contemporary and historical contexts.
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.

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.

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.
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 India eligible for funding by the participating Indian funding agencies.

Call documents
     EqUIP Call Specification

     EqUIP Call Specification – Annex 1 Funding organisations’ proposal submission guidance and eligibility criteria

     EqUIP Call Specification – Annex 2 Project Costs

     EqUIP JeS Guidance

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 (

Commissioning timetable
     Call for proposals opens – 6 September 2017
     Call closes – 16:00 (UK time) on Thursday 30 November 2017
     Applicants informed of the outcome of the call – Late July/August 2018
     Awards commence – January 2019

Further information
Full information on the call will be provided by the end of the summer. However if you have urgent queries please address those to the national points of contact listed below.
     Finland – Academy of Finland (AKA)
     Siru Oksa

     France – Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR)
     Marie Fleck

     India – Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR)
     Mahesh Madhukar

     Norway – Research Council of Norway (RCN)
     Julie Christiansen

     Poland – Narodowe Centrum Nauki (NCN)
     Malwina Gebalska

     Slovenia – Ministry of Education, Science and Sport (MIZS)
     Davor Kozmus

     Switzerland – Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)
     Andrea Landolt

     UK – Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
     Jessica Collier

     UK – Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
     Tim Pank