A new initiative of 27 Social Sciences and Humanities research funding organisations from 24 countries will be launched early next year under the name of ‘Collaboration of Humanities and Social Sciences in Europe’ (CHANSE).
CHANSE will act as a ‘laboratory for inter- and transdisciplinary co-creation’. It builds on the experience of two existing networks, HERA and NORFACE, and will be established as the Horizon 2020 ERA-NET Programme, co-funded by the European Commission under the Societal Challenge 6 with €10 million (TRANSFORMATIONS-15-2020 Society and innovations: understanding the contexts, processes and consequences). The consortium is in the final stage of signing the Grant Agreement and will become operational in January 2021.
The CHANSE joint call is expected to be launched in the first quarter of 2021. UKRO understands that UK organisations will be eligible to participate and receive funding form UKRI (AHRC and ESRC).
The objective will be to fund transnational projects addressing innovations and technological change from both humanities and social sciences perspectives. Consortia will be expected to propose new designs for combining qualitative and quantitative methods and promote dialogue between researchers, innovation actors, policy-makers and civil society. The scope of the call is expected to be broad and focus on the ethical, legal, social, economic, educational, gender, cultural, religious and historical contexts and consequences (or impacts) of innovations. Outcomes will help assess past and present policy-making on political, socio-economic and cultural repercussions of innovations and inform future policy-making on alternatives.