NWO - Trans-Atlantic Platform: Social Innovation Call for Proposals


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Trans-Atlantic Platform (T-AP) Social Innovation (SI) Call

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NWO - Trans-Atlantic Platform: Social Innovation Call for Proposals


The Trans-Atlantic Platform has launched its 2018 Social Innovation Call for Proposals, which will support international projects that can contribute to increasing our understanding of societal transformations and the role of social innovation. This call is supported by selected funders from different countries. These countries are: Brazil, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Poland, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom.

The multi-national and trans-Atlantic projects funded under this call are expected to both add to understandings of social innovation and deliver social innovation(s) through new research.

Trans-Atlantic collaboration in this research call will facilitate:

  • Addressing social challenges faced on both sides of the Atlantic (e.g. digital divide; urban and rural developments and cohesion; access to public services and infrastructure; ethnic conflicts; human rights and legislation; the current state of democracy; equality and social, political and human values);
  • Learning from the experiences of multi-sectoral collaboration for social innovation practiced on both sides of the Atlantic (e.g. innovative forms of economic organization; new (digital) technologies and accessibility; global and local environmental issues and sustainable development; strategies for social cohesion; integration of health and social care services; improvement of education and overcoming of linguistic barriers);
  • Applying and adapting approaches from one locale to another;
  • Generalizing and/or scaling-up of local experiences.


The call brings together funding organizations from Brazil, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland and the United Kingdom. It is open to teams with members from at least three of these countries, and must include partners from both sides of the Atlantic

Applicants must apply as a transnational research project partnership, and partner with a number of national research teams based in the participating T-AP SI countries listed above.

Each project must:

  • Comprise at least three eligible research partners requiring financial support from funders located in three different T-AP SI participating countries
  • Include research partners from both sides of the Atlantic, i.e., from Europe 2 and the Americas
  • Ensure teams in each country are led by an eligible Principal Investigator and designate one of the Principal Investigators as the project’s Lead Principal Investigator
  • If the project is requesting funds from more than one funding organization within the same country, only one Principal Investigator may be designated as the lead for that country. 

Indirect Costs

Please discuss directly with the relevant funding organization of the Lead Applicant's country. 

Project Duration

Between 24 and 36 months

Special Notes

  • Researchers can participate in no more than 2 (two) applications as Principal Investigator (PI), and they can only act in 1 (one) of these applications as Lead Principal Investigator
  • All research teams are strongly advised to contact their relevant funding organizations at least four weeks before the application deadline to inquire about the eligibility of the national teams involved. The Funding Organizations involved, as well as the contact information for the specific point of contact at each organization is listed on Page 3 of the 'Call for Proposals' document.


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

Internal Deadline

Researcher to submit a copy of full proposal, including budget and OR-5, along with any completed commitment letters, to the Office of Research Services at research.services@uoguelph.ca.

External Deadline

Applications must be submitted via the TAP website into the online submission system ISAAC, hosted by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). The Lead Principal Investigator of each trans-Atlantic project partnership must submit the joint research proposal on behalf of the consortium.

How to Apply

Please ensure you review the required 2018 Application Materials, including the Country-Specific Documents in advance of applying.

The application must be submitted by the Lead Principal Investigator on behalf of all partners in the consortium via the online submission system ISAAC, hosted by NWO. The link to ISAAC and further instructions can be found on the T-AP website. Some national funding organizations require additional documentation and spreadsheets/excel files to be submitted. Please carefully check the relevant national requirements well before the submission deadline.

Information For Co-applicants

If you need to meet a deadline set by the lead institution for this opportunity, please ensure that you provide the Office of Research with at least five days in advance of the lead institution’s deadline to review the application, or your proposed component of the project. Please be in touch with the Office of Research (contact information below) ahead of the deadline if it looks like it will be difficult for you to submit all the required documentation on time (i.e. budget, proposal, OR-5 Form).


For Questions, please contact

The Trans-Atlantic Platform Co-ordination Office is based in Canada, at the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, and in the Netherland, at the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research.

For further information on this program, please contact:

tap@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca or T-AP@NWO.NL

Office of Research

Amy Bossaer, Senior Grants and Contracts Specialist
Research Services Office
519-824-4120 x58613

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