Call Digital Infrastructure
There is a strong desire in the SSH field to assign part of the resources intended for the SSH Sector Plan of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) to a domain wide digital SSH plan. For this purpose, the SSH Council – which represents the SSH field – initiated the Platform for Digital Infrastructure for SSH (PDI-SSH). The platform is responsible for allocating resources to digital infrastructure facilities within the SSH domain, for coordinating digital infrastructures in the SSH domain and for strategy within that domain.
PDI-SSH launches this Call for proposals as part of the SSH Sector Plan.
Purpose of the call
The resources of the Ministry of OCW for the SSH Sector Plan are partly targeted at a domain-wide digital infrastructure. The main objective of the domain-wide plan for digital SSH is to strengthen research and infrastructure in the field of digitisation.
The following objectives have been established:
- Increase and strengthen interdisciplinary SSH research into digitisation and the relevant social and scientific developments.
- Strengthen digital infrastructure facilities and their management within the SSH.
- Increase interdisciplinary collaboration between the social sciences and the humanities in the field of digitisation research and infrastructure.
- Ensure continuity of current initiatives within the SSH in the field of digitisation research and infrastructure.
- Increase the strategic capacity and strengthen the organisation of the SSH in the field of digitisation.
- Attract and retain SSH research talents who possess interdisciplinary expertise in the field of digitisation.
Allocating resources to digital infrastructure facilities within the SSH domain can involve both strengthening or scaling up existing initiatives and launching new initiatives. The funds may be used for incidental and structural financing of digital infrastructure facilities serving both the social sciences and the humanities.
The proposals are assessed on quality, based on the following objective: Increasing and strengthening interdisciplinary SSH research into digitization and the relevant social and scientific developments in this area.
Irrespective of whether it concerns the strengthening of existing initiatives or the establishment of new initiatives, the PDI-SSH will use the following criteria to assess applications:
- National interest: initiatives must be accessible and relevant for multiple disciplines and universities (weighting 60%).
- Long term: initiatives should be established for the longer term. However, this does not per definition need to concern structural initiatives (weighting 30%).
- Cooperation SS and H: a preference is given to initiatives involving both social sciences as well as humanities (weighting 10%).
Call for Proposals
Call for proposals can be found here. Submission deadline is 6 March, 2020, 23:59 CE(S)T.
Applications should be submitted via the online application form.