EqUIP Sustainability, Equity, Wellbeing and Cultural Connections

Funding available to support innovative social sciences and humanities research on sustainability, equity, well-being and cultural connections, with an emphasis of the research on Indian and European dimensions.

Fund Information
Funding body: Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
Maximum value: Discretionary
Application deadline:30/11/2017

Extended Description

This call for collaborative research projects has been developed as part of the EU-India Platform (EqUIP) that promotes cooperation between funding agencies to help enhance research collaboration between social science and humanities research communities in Europe and India.

To inform the development of this call, six symposia were held in 2015 and 2016 bringing together researchers from India and EU countries. These have helped 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. Discussions at the symposia resulted in this first call.

Interdisciplinary approaches across social sciences and humanities (SSH) are strongly encouraged to address the themes of sustainability, equity, well-being and cultural connections. At the same time, the call is open for other disciplines to be included in proposals, provided this is within the remit of funding agencies of respective countries, as long as their major focus remains within the remits of SSH.

The aims of this EqUIP call are to:
•Support excellent SSH research that demonstrates the potential for academic, societal and economic impact.
•Bring together the European and Indian SSH research communities around global challenges of mutual interest and importance for EqUIP partners that are of relevance to this call.
•Enhance understanding of challenges facing economic development and social welfare work jointly towards identifying solutions to these challenges.
•Support inter-disciplinary approaches for addressing areas of sustainability, equity, wellbeing and cultural connections as well as intersections between these areas.
•Build on the relationships developed over the last two years of EqUIP, and on existing experience, to enhance trust and develop processes amongst funding organisations for multi-lateral European-Indian collaboration in the social sciences and humanities that goes beyond this call and creates a platform for lasting research collaborations.

Projects should make creative use of the skills and perspectives of researchers located in India and in Europe and are expected to explicitly address the added value of the India-EU collaboration and build upon mutual European and Indian learning.

Eligibility Criteria

Proposals are invited for collaborative research projects between applicants based at eligible research institutions (or equivalent according to respective national rules) in:
•Finland
•France
•India
•Norway
•Poland
•Slovenia
•Switzerland
•United Kingdom.

Each proposal must comprise of a consortium of research teams from at least three different countries participating in the call. Every proposal must involve applicants from India who are eligible for funding by the participating Indian funding agencies, one of which has to be the Indian Council for Social Science Research (ICSSR).

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