NORFACE Transnational Programme: Democratic Governance in a Turbulent Age

Deadline: 19 February 2019

NORFACE has launched its new programme on Democratic governance in a turbulent age to offer a timely investigation of the precise nature of this recent turbulence, on how European states can negotiate it and develop strategies to enhance the quality of democratic politics and governance.


  • To develop innovative and excellent research proposals addressing important challenges to democratic governance and politics;
  • To produce added value through the development of European cross-national research collaborations exploring the impacts of variations in social, economic, cultural and political contexts on changes in how democracies work;
  • To identify promising forms of policy innovation and institutional design and explore the conditions for their application in different jurisdictions.


The NORFACE Network Board invites proposals for innovative research addressing one or more of these themes:

  • Inequality and redistribution
  • The evolving politics of threat
  • The democratisation of information
  • Shifting identities and representation
  • The changing authority of institutions

Funding Information

Small and large projects are equally welcome. Project teams with three research partners from three different countries participating in this NORFACE Call may request a maximum of € 1,200,000 in total across these partners. Project teams with four or more research partners from at least four different countries participating in this NORFACE Call may request a maximum of € 1,500,000 in total across these partners. A justification of the requested budget will be required in the Full Proposal.

Project duration

Projects can have a duration of up to 36 consecutive months, with a minimum of 24 months. Projects can start on 1 June 2020 at the earliest and must have started by 1 September 2020 at the latest.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Researchers can submit a proposal on behalf of a project team comprised of at least three (3) eligible research partners based in three or more different countries participating in this NORFACE Call. All partners in a project team must have the interest and competence to undertake social science research within the specified topic of the Governance programme.

Eligibility of (participants in) a project team

  • For this Call, national/regional eligibility rules apply as well as transnational eligibility rules. This implies that eligibility may be defined at the individual or organisational level, depending on the country or funding agency. In case of doubt, the relevant funding agency can advise applicants on eligibility. Please note that all partners in a consortium must be eligible for applying under the conditions of this Call, i.e. if one of the partners is declared not eligible, the full consortium will be declared not eligible and the proposal will not be evaluated.
  • Individual researchers and stakeholders may participate in a maximum of two proposals, and an applicant is allowed to apply only once as Main Applicant. In the Full Proposal stage, applicants who are involved in two applications will be asked to explain how they plan to distribute their time between the different projects in case both are funded. Teams must convincingly justify the participation of all researchers involved in their application.
  • Only researchers employed in the following countries are eligible to apply as Main Applicant or Co-Applicant, irrespective of their nationality: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Ireland, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Researchers from other countries may participate as a Co-operation Partner.

How to Apply

Applicants can download the application form via given website.

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