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Cultural Conditions Underlying Social Change (SAMKUL)

Deadline Announcement
13:00 CEST
NOK 54 million for Researcher Projects within Technology and Material Environments Choose


A list with the project titles of all applications under processing will be published on the Research Council website.
In connection with the application review, the project summary may be forwarded to potential referees when asking whether they can assess the grant application. The project title and project summary should therefore not disclose sensitive information.


The Programme for Cultural Conditions Underlying Social Change (SAMKUL) will fund research about the cultural prerequisites underlying the formation of today’s society and societal development. Research under the programme will strengthen and expand the knowledge base in order to better equip society to address major challenges.

There is a need for a knowledge base that incorporates a broad understanding of the cultural prerequisites underlying societal development to better equip society to meet major societal challenges and the opportunities arising from them. This is important for generating new insight and supplementing the knowledge bases for decision-making in society. To achieve this, it is necessary to give the humanities in particular a greater role in thematically oriented, challenge-driven research, also in areas that have traditionally been outside the scope of humanities research and, to a certain degree, of social science research. The SAMKUL programme is an instrument to this end. 

This programme/activity normally accepts grant applications from:

Norwegian research institutions within universities, university colleges, independent research institutes and other research institutions, as well as from Nordic research-performing institutions funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers or with public funding from at least three Nordic countries, including Norway (see link to the right for the Research Council’s definition and specification of the concept “research institution”).



Overall budget:

Approximately NOK 52 million annually.

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