Information für die Wissenschaft Nr. 21 | 9. März 2021

Recovery, Renewal and Resilience in a Post-Pandemic World

Pre-Announcement on the upcoming international joint research call

Pre-Announcement on the upcoming international joint research call

The Trans-Atlantic Platform for Social Sciences and Humanities (T-AP), an unprecedented collaboration between humanities and social science research funders from South America, North America and Europe, is pleased to announce its third joint research call on “Recovery, Renewal and Resilience in a Post-Pandemic World” (RRR call).

Aim and scope of the call

The COVID-19 pandemic is a major crisis that touches on all aspects of health, social, economic, political, and cultural life. The T-AP research call aims to address key gaps in our understanding of the dynamic and complex interaction of medium and long-term societal effects of COVID-19 pandemic. This understanding, in turn, should advance knowledge of how to mitigate the negative societal effects of COVID-19 pandemic and support recovery and renewal in a post-pandemic world. Applicants are required to submit novel interdisciplinary and significant research proposals in the social sciences and humanities that address one or more of the following five challenges:

  • reducing inequalities and vulnerabilities
  • building a more resilient, inclusive and sustainable society
  • fostering democratic governance and political participation
  • advancing responsible and inclusive digital innovation
  • ensuring effective and accurate communication and media


Applicants must apply as a transnational research project partnership. Each project must comprise at least three eligible principal investigators from at least three different T-AP participating countries from both sides of the Atlantic. Applicants are encouraged to start discussing possible projects with prospective partners.

The following funding organisations intend to support the RRR call**

  • Academy of Finland
  • Croatian Science Foundation
  • Department of Science, Technology and Innovation (Colombia)
  • Federal Ministry of Education and Research / DLR Project Management Agency (Germany)
  • Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture (Canada)
  • French National Research Agency
  • International Development Research Centre (Canada)***
  • National Research Foundation (South Africa)
  • National Science Centre (Poland)
  • São Paulo Research Foundation (Brazil)
  • Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council (Canada)
  • Swiss National Science Foundation
  • Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation)
  • UK Research and Innovation – Arts and Humanities Research Council
  • UK Research and Innovation – Economic and Social Research Council

** Final decision pending
*** International Development Research Centre Canada is providing funding for researchers from Belize, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay and Peru.

Tentative Timeline

  • 31 March 2021: Call of announcement
  • April and May 2021: Webinars
  • 31 May 2021: Compulsory “Intention to Submit” form deadline
  • 30 June 2021: Closing date for submissions of full proposals
  • TBS: Notice of funding decision
  • 1 March 2022: Successful projects start date

The RRR call is expected to be launched on 31 March 2021. Please note that this pre-announcement is for information purposes only. It does not create any obligation for the T-AP nor for any of the participating funding organisations. All information provided in this pre-announcement is subject to change.

Please note the DFG’s data protection notice on research funding (see link below). If necessary, please also forward this information to those individuals whose data will be processed by the DFG due to their involvement in your project.

Further Information

The official call announcement (Call for Proposals and additional information) will be published on the T-AP website:

For the DFG’s data protection notice on research funding, please refer to:

If you have any questions, please contact:

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