In March the call “Transformations: Social and Cultural Dynamics in the Digital Age” opened for international research projects on the interplay between digitization and socio-cultural processes.  The call is initiated by CHANSE (Collaboration of Humanities and Social Sciences in Europe).

Focus for the call is the ongoing digitalisation of society. It can lead to economic progress and new opportunities, but also raise anxiety and feelings of insecurity. The transition is accelerated in many areas during the pandemic. What social and cultural changes can digitisation give rise to? On the other hand, how are digital innovations affected by society and culture? What comparisons can be made with previous historical transitions?

Transnational collaboration

Within this call for proposals, only transnational projects will be granted funding. The call will be implemented by Forte and 26 other research funding organisations from 24 countries. The total call budget amounts to EUR 36 million, including up to 10 million in co-funding from the European Commission. Forte will fund Swedish participants in the call.

The call follows a two-stage procedure. First, a short outline proposal is submitted to CHANSE. If the outline is selected, the project consortium is invited to submit a full proposal.

Scope of the call

Applications must cover one or more of the following areas, which are described in detail in the call text on

Topic 1: Cultural Transformations in the Digital Age

  • Identity, values and worldviews
  • New stories, new aesthetics: Remaining human
  • The Humanities and technological transformations: past, present, future

Topic 2: Digitalisation and Social Transformation

  • Digitalisation and social relations
  • Digitalised work and organizations
  • Knowledge and learning in the digital age


Applications are submitted to CHANSE. Swedish applicants are also required to register their application in Prisma.

7 May 2021 – deadline for submitting outline proposals

25 May 2021 – deadline for registration in Prisma (opens 11 May)

7 December 2021 – deadline for submitting full proposals

21 December 2021 – deadline for final registration in Prisma (opens 9 December)

May/June 2022 – call results

September/October 2022 – earliest funded projects start

Information webinars

CHANSE held a webinar about the call 15 March. A recording from the webinar is available.

For the Swedish part of the application process, Forte held a webinar 18 March. The presentation in Swedish contains some key information in English and is available under More information.