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Austrian Science Fund (FWF)


The Austrian Science Fund is Austria's central body for the promotion of basic research. FWF is equally committed to all fields of science and the humanities and is guided in its operations solely by the standards of the international scientific community. The FWF was founded by the government in 1968 as an independent and autonomous fund for the support and promotion of basic research in Austria.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Canada

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada is a federal agency that promotes and supports university-based research and training in the social sciences and humanities. Created in 1977, the SSHRC grants and fellowship programmea allow researchers to expolore, invent and develop deep expertise in a wide variety of disciplines, as well as to target research to specific social needs.

Danish Social Science Research Council (DSSRC) The Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation (DASTI), Danish Social Science Research Council (DSSRC) is the main source of external funding to social science research in Denmark. Its primary objective is to promote and support social science research of international quality through the funding of researcher-initiated projects. Furthermore DSSRC work to support the internationalisation of Danish social science research and to strengthen the links between producers and consumers of research.
Estonian Science Foundation (ETF) The Estonian Science Foundation (ETF) is an expert research funding organisatsion. Its main goal is to support the most promising research initiatives in all fields of basic and applied research including humanities and social sciences. The ETF uses state budget appropriations to award research grants on a competative basis to individuals and to research groups. ETF also aims to support researchers eraly in their career and represents the Estonian research community at the international level.
The Academy of Finland The Academy of Finland, Research Council for Culture and Society is responsible for the research funding of cultural and social sciences in Finland. Its main objectives are to support high-quality research funding and creative research environments; to function as a key research networking body both nationally and internationally; to promote research training and research careers; to advance the practical application of research results; and to increase the national and international visibility and impact of research.
L'Agence nationale de la recherche The French National Research Agency (L'Agence nationale de la recherche), the ANR, a public institution for the management of administrative issues, was created on January 01, 2007, and is a funding agency for research projects. Its aim is to increase the number of research projects issued from the entire scientific community, and to provide funding based on calls for proposals and peer review selection processes.
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation) is the central, self-governing research organisation that promotes research at universities and other publicly financed research institutions in Germany. The DFG serves all branches of science and the humanities by funding research projects and facilitating cooperation among researchers.
The Icelandic Centre for Research (RANNÍS) The Icelandic Centre for Research (RANNÍS) is responsible for implementing the policy of the Council for Science and Technology Policy. It handles funds for research and development in all fields of science, including social science and humanities. RANNÍS also promotes public awareness of research and innovation, and co-ordinates international co-operation in science.
The Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS) The Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS) is responsible for Ireland's national strategic programme for research in the humanities and social sciences. Its mission includes encouraging excellence and the highest standards in research; promoting interdisciplinary, inter-faculty and inter-institutional programme collaboration; encouraging co-operation between the humanities and social sciences and contributing to the development of policy on research in the humanities and social sciences. It operates a number of research schemes which fund research at pre- and postdoctoral levels, world class innovative research and long-term research programmes.
Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) Social Sciences The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) is the national research organisation of the Netherlands. NWO promotes quality by subsidising the best research proposals submitted by researchers, while also developing thematic activities where necessary. NWO is responsible for prioritising research topics and for setting up and implementing grant schemes. Its function as 'the National Research Organisation' in the Netherlands means that NWO also specifically promotes research for and on behalf of government ministries, in particular the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.

Social Sciences (MaGW) is one of the eight divisions and funds research in the social sciences. Social Sciences allocates this funding by organising competitions for research proposals. Research proposals are selected through a rigorous peer review, with the emphasis on innovation and excellence.

The Research Council of Norway (RCN) The Research Council of Norway has national responsibility for ensuring a high level of expertise in all research areas through support for focused research programmes, for researcher-oriented projects and basic grants for institute sector. The activities of the Research Council are administered under the auspices of three research divisions, the Division for Science, the Division for Strategic Priorities and the Division for Innovation. Department for the Social Sciences has strategic responsibility for the academic development of the social sciences and for recruitment to the field, and Department for Society and Public policy runs research programmes within Social Sciences.
Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) The Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) of Portugal is a public institute in the aegis of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education and is the main funding agency in Portugal for research. It was created in July 1997 on the basis of two ancestors from which it inherited functions, competences, and the tradition: JNICT, the National Board for Scientific and Technological Research (1967-1997), and INIC, the Portuguese Research Council (1929-1992).
Slovenian Research Agency (SRA) The Slovenian Research Agency (SRA) performs professional, development and executive tasks relating to the National Research and Development Programme. SRA operates in line with its status within the national budget and promotes research and development activities. The Agency carries out its legally determined duties; tasks in the public interest, providing permanent, professional and independent decision-making on the selection of programmes and projects, financed from the state budget and other financial sources. The key policy objectives of the SRA are: to achieve excellence in sciences and strengthen applied research; to strengthen the cooperation between research community and business; and to strengthen bilateral and multilateral international cooperation in R&D.
The Swedish Research Council The Swedish Research Council, Scientific Council for Humanities and Social Sciences has national responsibility for developing basic research in all fields of social science. Its three main tasks are to promote basic research of international quality; to develop science communication including making research and research findings accessible to specialists and to the general public; and to analyse and evaluate Swedish research and research policy. While most projects are initiated by researchers, the Council also allocates funds for the development of areas judged to be of special importance from either the perspective of society or of research itself.
The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), United Kingdom is responsible for strategic, publicly funded research in the social sciences in the UK. Its mission is to fund high quality research and postgraduate training, to meet the needs of users and beneficiaries of social science research and to promote the use of the knowledge generated by the research which it supports. Its mission defines wealth creation, quality of life and effectiveness of public services as its target areas.