Information für die Wissenschaft Nr. 61 | 16. September 2020

Polish-German Funding Initiative in the Humanities and Social Sciences


In order to strengthen international academic cooperation, wishing to fund high quality scientific re-search within their own countries, and conscious that some of the best research can be delivered by working with the best researchers internationally, the Narodowe Centrum Nauki (NCN, National Science Centre) and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) are announcing the fourth call for proposals within the joint funding scheme “Beethoven”. The initiative’s aim is to provide funding for integrated Polish-German research projects of outstanding scientific quality. “Beethoven CLASSIC 4” is the continuation of a successful funding initiative which was first launched in 2014 and is open to research projects in the humanities and social sciences.

Proposals must be written in English and submitted by a joint Polish-German research team. The duration of the projects must be either 24 or 36 months.

The eligible proposals will undergo a joint evaluation in two stages. First, all proposals are assessed by external reviewers. Following that, during the meeting of the joint expert panel the best proposals will be selected and recommended for funding.

Deadline for this call for proposals: 15 December 2020, 16:00 (DFG and NCN).

For more detailed information on this call please refer to the call for proposals (full text) below.

Parallel to the “Beethoven CLASSIC 4” call, Polish-German joint proposals in life sciences, physical sci-ences and engineering will be accepted within the NCN OPUS scheme and will be administered in ac-cordance with the principles of the Lead Agency Procedure (OPUS LAP). For transdisciplinary projects, applicants need to decide which call matches their proposal best. As a general rule proposals submitted to “Beethoven CLASSIC 4” cannot be shifted to OPUS LAP and vice versa.

Further Information

Call for proposals Beethoven CLASSIC 4 (full text):

NCN data protection policy:

DFG data protection policy:

Call for Proposals NCN-DFG OPUS LAP:


Poland, NCN

General inquiries:

Germany, DFG


Social Sciences:

Administrative inquiries:

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