Call for SSI in Social Sciences

Digital Approaches to the Social Sciences. Empowering researchers through digitally enhanced science.

Purpose of this call 

This call for proposals aims to help researchers in the Social Sciences who require research software or digital tooling to answer their research problem. Researchers new to applying digital research methods as well as experienced users are encouraged to apply. A successful proposal should address a research question in a Social Sciences’ discipline and describe how a digital approach will durably impact that discipline. In this call, ‘research software’ refers to digital tools or methods that contribute to the creation or analysis of research data and research results.

What can be applied for?

Each project involves support provided by our research software engineers (RSEs), employees of the eScience Center who combine broad disciplinary knowledge with high-level digital expertise. Their method of working is collaborative: together with you, the RSEs form a research team that will share knowledge, explore possible approaches and develop digital solutions. The RSEs will offer advice and support for the duration of the project to help the research team achieve the desired results.

Expected project deliverables include a selection of the following:

  • tutorials, examples and documentation of developed methods and research software,
  • blog posts or white papers,
  • a research article in an academic journal,
  • published open-source research software or code.

Does this sound like the opportunity you were looking for? Then look no further. For more information about this call for proposals, including how our research software engineers (RSEs) can help, how to prepare the application, assessment procedure and more, be sure to download the full call below.

Who can apply?

Each proposal is to be formally submitted by a single named researcher (henceforth the ‘lead applicant’ or LA) on behalf him or herself, or on behalf of a group of researchers (the ‘research team’). The LA

  • must be in possession of a PhD
  • must be employed by a Dutch research performing organization (Appendix A) for the duration of the project
  • should have affinity with (or a willingness to learn to apply) digital methods
  • should be free to spend a reasonable amount of time on the proposed project (to be specified on the application template)
  • should actively support dissemination activities relevant to the project

The LA may submit only one proposal in that capacity in this call and may not be the Lead Applicant or Principal Investigator in a currently running project of the eScience Center originating from eScience Center calls.

Submitting the application

Proposals have to be submitted using the required application template. The deadline for submission is 14 October 2022, 14:00 (CEST). Please send us the completed application template via our submission system.

Contact details

If you have specific questions about this call for proposals or the assessment procedure, please contact:

Other opportunities

Next to the Open SSI for Social Science call for free research software engineer (RSE) time, additional funding is available in our Open ODISSEI eScience Center call and Open SSI for Humanities calls.

What’s the difference?

Social science researchers who require support to build research software or digital tooling to answer their research problem can now pick one of the two routes. If a project is a bit smaller in scale, they are welcome to apply for the Open ODISSEI eScience Center call, which offers researchers affiliated with an ODISSEI member organisation three months of RSE time. In total, five grants are available. If the project requires a much larger time investment, the researchers can apply for one of our Open SSI calls, including this Open SSI for Social Science call, which entails RSE support for nine months (with six grants available). In both tracks, the applicants can propose research that makes use and expands on the existing ODISSEI facilities.

While you’re at it, be sure to check out our other calls for proposals!