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DFF Research Networks | Humanities

The purpose of Research Networks | Humanities is to strengthen the cooperation among research areas which are geographically and institutionally scattered. The council also supports networks, which could lead to larger projects or larger interdisciplinary groups of researchers working across institutions. IRFD | Humanities only supports broadly based research networks with participation from Danish as well as foreign research environments.

Applicant requirements

The group of applicants must as a minimum consist of two researchers at minimum associate professor/senior researcher level. The leadership of the network may be shared by several parties, but one of the applicants must be appointed project leader in advance, and thus have the grant responsibility towards IRFD | Humanities. Funding is only offered to the establishment of new research networks.

The application

The network is expected to have a broad range of participants. The application must account for the purpose and central ideas of the network, the research and research education activities, as well as for the network’s potentially participating research environments.

The maximum amount awarded to research networks is DKK 850,000 (excluding overhead), and grants cannot be awarded for more than 3 years.

You may apply for funding of arrangement of workshops, conferences and short-duration network stays, etc. As a maximum you may apply for 5 months of scientific/academic salaries to cover network management and scientific assistance. The actual organisation of the network, including the organisation of the academic assignments in the network, must be accounted for.

The application must be submitted in Danish or English.

Project description

The length of your project description must not exceed 5 A4 pages, (including figures and tables) excluding references/bibliography, and it must be drawn up using the IRFD–Project Description template, in accordance with the guidelines.


To read about the requirements for your budget, and for a description of what you may apply for, see Appendix C.

Application form and appendices

You must submit your application for a Research Network | Humanities via e-grant and enclose the following appendices in PDF format:

  • Project description, using the IRFD–Project Description template and references/bibliography. The project description must be maximum 5 A4 pages (including figures and tables) excluding references/bibliography
  • Applicant’s CV
  • List of publications for applicant
  • CVs and lists of publications for other scientific participants central to the project
  • The employing institution’s confirmation of the budget and acknowledgement that it will host the project, using the template “IRFD–budget confirmation ” (see Appendix C). The budget must be completed using the fund’s mandatory budget template in Excel format. The budget must be uploaded as an independent file to e-grant (not merged with the application form).

Other appendices than those listed above will not be considered.

Your project must start between 1 July, 2018 and 1 January, 2019.

The fund’s assessment and assessment criteria

In all cases, IRFD will consider the extent to which the project you apply for will benefit Danish research. When assessing applications IRFD includes the criteria mentioned below, with quality of the project and applicant's qualifications being the most central assessment criteria.

IRFD places emphasis on fulfilment of the specific criteria to the widest possible extent. However, as the individual research councils make a specific overall assessment of each application, different criteria can be met to a greater or lesser extent. Thus, not all criteria will be relevant to all applications. Due to the level of competition between the applications, fulfilling all criteria does not automatically mean that a grant will be awarded.

IRFD will apply the following assessment criteria in relation to the instruments in this call:

Fulfilment of the instrument’s objective:

  • Is the objective of the instrument sufficiently met?

Scientific quality:

  • Does the project description demonstrate the project’s potential for scientific progress, innovation and originality (theoreticallly, methodologically and empirically)?
  • Does the project represent innovative research rather than just being an expansion of current research?
  • Does the project description make it probable that the project contributes to the internationalisation of Danish research?
  • Does the project description contain:
    • a clear and well-defined problem statement and objective?
    • a description of the state of the art and/or the scientific challenges within the project’s research area, as well as of the project’s potential contributions in this regard?
    • consistent and appropriate hypotheses?
    • a description of the theoretical and/or methodological basis, including an argumentation that the proposed activities are relevant in relation to this theoretical/methodological basis?
  • If relevant to the project: Does the project description provide argumentation for the connection between the project’s hypothesis, theory and method?
  • If relevant to the project: Is there an adequate description of the project’s empirical material or data foundation, including any pilot projects and/or any preliminary data?
  • If relevant: Is there an adequate level of synergy between the individual elements of the project?
  • For applications to IRFD | Technology and Production Sciences, the following special criterion also applies: Does the project set out to solve a concrete problem, or does it have a clear application-oriented perspective?

Applicants’ qualifications:

  • As applicant, have you documented:
    • the scientific qualifications necessary for carrying out the project?
    • a level of scientific production within the field that is necessary for carrying out the project?
    • sufficient research management qualifications for carrying out the project?
  • Have the other key participants in the project documented the necessary scientific qualifications for carrying out the project?
  • Does the project involve the participation of relevant researchers from Denmark and abroad, and if relevant, is there an adequate level of collaboration with business partners?
  • Is there a strategy for the organisation and management of the project, including an account of the distribution of work between the involved researchers?
  • Are any PhD and postdoc scholarships well integrated, and do they fulfil a clear function in the project?


  • Have sufficient resources been allocated to the project, including scientific resources, staffing and access to the necessary facilities and equipment?
  • Is there a realistic work schedule and timetable, which considers e.g. the recruitment of any unnamed participants and the dissemination of the project’s findings?
  • Does the project description account for project milestones and success criteria, and are they realistic?
  • Are the project’s expenses proportionate to the anticipated scientific results?
  • Are the proposed activities proportionate to the proposed budget? In this connection, is there a proper coherence between what is to be financed by the grant, when the funds will be used and the tasks and persons to be financed by the grant?
  • If relevant, are any ethical aspects adequately examined?

Publication and dissemination of results:

Does the application provide an adequate account of the overall considerations with regard to the publication/dissemination/patenting of research results?

If relevant: Does the application account for the probability of and plans for obtaining patents in connection with the proposed project?


  • Will the activities benefit Danish research?
  • Does the project/activity include research education to a relevant extent?
  • Does the project/activity contribute to improving the mobility of researchers, nationally/internationally and – if relevant – between research institutions and the business community?

A few specific assessment criteria only apply to specific councils/instruments. Please consult the respective sections in the call.

Application date
10 Apr 2018
Up to 3 years
Europe Denmark
Humanities Anthropology, Ethnology and Folklore Archaeology Architecture Art & Art History Classical Studies Digital Humanities History Linguistics Literature Media Studies Music & Musicology Philosophy Religion & Theology
Required post-doc experience: 
between 10 and 99 years
Award granted
Up to DKK 850.000