The COVID-19 pandemic is a major crisis that touches on all aspects of health, social, economic, political, and cultural life. From major disruptions to the global economy to the dislocation of normal interpersonal relationships, no society, business, community, family or individual has escaped its impacts. As illustrated by such recent initiatives as the UN Research Roadmap for the COVID-19 Recovery: Leveraging the Power of Science for a More Equitable, Resilient and Sustainable Future, an effective post pandemic recovery must be strongly informed by insights and evidence from social sciences and humanities.
Summary of Opportunities: T-AP RRR will support international collaborative research projects that advance our understanding of the complex and dynamic societal effects of COVID-19. This understanding, in turn, should advance knowledge of how to mitigate the negative societal effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and support recovery and renewal in a post-pandemic world. Specifically, T-AP RRR invites research proposals that address one or more of the following challenges: reducing inequalities and vulnerabilities; building a more resilient, inclusive, and sustainable society; fostering democratic governance and participation; advancing responsible and inclusive digital innovation; and/or ensuring effective and accurate communication and media.
Proposals requesting NSF funding must fit within the scientific purview of the NSF Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE). Proposers are strongly encouraged to consult SBE’s programs and contact the cognizant program director (identified in full link) to discuss their proposal’s fit within NSF/SBE’s purview prior to submission of the international team proposal to the T-AP RRR Call.
The Trans-Atlantic Platform (T-AP) for Social Sciences and Humanities is an unprecedented collaboration between humanities and social science research funders from South America, North America and Europe. T-AP aims to enhance the ability of funders, research organizations and researchers to engage in transnational dialogue and collaboration. T-AP works to identify common challenges and promote a culture of collaboration in social science and humanities (SSH) research by offering joint research calls in areas of strong potential for international collaboration. The Platform
facilitates the formation of networks within the social sciences and humanities and promotes interdisciplinarity. T-AP also strives to heighten awareness of the role the social sciences and humanities play in addressing 21st century challenges.
The RRR Call emphasizes the following five main challenges related to COVID-19:
(i) reducing inequalities and vulnerabilities;
(ii) building a more resilient, inclusive and sustainable society;
(iii) fostering democratic governance and political participation;
(iv) advancing responsible and inclusive digital innovation; and
(v) ensuring effective and accurate communication and media.
A focus on these five challenges will leverage the SSH research to understand and address the complex societal effects of COVID-19 pandemic, and inform mitigation efforts, thus contributing to a more equitable, resilient and sustainable future. Key to the approach is the added value of new perspectives and insights generated by transnational and interdisciplinary collaborations.
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 countries1 from both sides of the Atlantic;
• 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.
For more information, visit the link provided. If you are interested in applying, please contact Justine Briggs, Director of Scholar and Grants Development.