Trans-Atlantic Platform (T-AP) Digging into Data Request for Proposals (RFP)

Mon. Apr. 11, 2016

Trans-Atlantic Platform (T-AP) Digging into Data Request for Proposals (RFP)

The Trans-Atlantic Platform (T-AP) is a collaboration among key humanities and social science funders in Europe and the Americas. The Trans-Atlantic Platform aims to enhance transnational research collaboration and has identified, with the help of the social sciences and humanities research communities, a series of common challenges and strategic priority areas where such collaboration will bring added value. 

This call is supported by selected funding agencies from different countries. These countries are: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Mexico, Portugal, The Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

The complete list of T-AP Digging into Data Funding Organisations and the links to the restrictions they set on eligibility can be found on page 4 of the RFP and on the call website

The T-AP Digging into Data Challenge is open to any project that addresses research questions in the humanities and/or social sciences by using techniques of large-scale digital data analysis and shows how these new techniques can lead to new theoretical insights. It is specifically aiming to advance multidisciplinary collaborative projects in digital scholarship that seek new perspectives and insights. Proposals may address any research question in the humanities and/or social sciences, utilising any data source to do so. Examples of research challenges that may be considered in projects include (but are not limited to):

-          Interpreting data: using data-based analysis, modelling and simulation techniques to gain new insights into how an increasingly connected and digital world is changing the ways in which groups and individuals are interacting, including but not limited to the creation and development of creative, cultural, and societal processes and phenomena, as well as analysis of historical trends and linguistic change.

-           Novel application of data: using one or more data sources which were not originally designed/generated/collected for research purposes, for example open data/open source systems or ‘live’ data generated in real-time, either alone or in combination to address humanities and/or social science research questions.

-           Employing multi-form and/or multi-source data in research: exploring the potential for calibration, combination and interoperability of datasets in two or more different formats and/or from two or more different sources in order to address humanities and/or social science research questions.

For examples of projects that have been approved in the past in Digging into Data Challenges, see

Closing   date for submission of proposals

June 29,   2016

Successful   applicants notified after

April, 2017  

Projects   commence from (provided all relevant requirements are met)

June, 2017

Final   end-of-grant T-AP Digging into Data Conference

Early 2020


Following the international press release launching the 2016 Digging into Data Challenge funding competition by the Trans-Atlantic Platform (T-AP), SSHRC, in collaboration with the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and the Fonds de recherche du Québec - Nature et technologies/Fonds de recherche du Québec - Société et culture (FRQNT/FRQSC) is pleased to announce that  it will be offering 3 webinars for Canadian researchers interested in applying to this international funding opportunity.

By collaborating together, SSHRC, NSERC and FRQNT/FRQSC, sees the competition as an opportunity to support research projects that use "big data" to address questions in the social and natural sciences, humanities and engineering. This research is expected to involve sets of data so large and/or complex that traditional processing applications are inadequate. These data sets can include sources such as texts, images, music, photographs, audio or audiovisual data.

SSHRC and/or NSERC-eligible project directors can apply for up to $100,000 from each funding agency for the project. If the project lead is based in Quebec, the project leader can apply for an additional supplement of up to $75,000 from the FRQSC/FRQNT, bringing the total maximum Canadian funding for a project to $275,000.

SSHRC invites interested researchers and their research offices to join us for Canadian webinars in April 2016.  No registration is required, so you can drop in at any time.


Webinar schedule:

  • English:  Tuesday, April 19, 2016:  10:00 a.m. (eastern)
  • English:  Tuesday, April 19, 2016:  2:00 p.m. (eastern)
  • French:  Wednesday, April 20, 2016:  2:00 p.m. (eastern)


To join the webinar:

  1. Click the following link, or copy and paste it into your web browser:

Tuesday, April 19, 2016, 10 a.m. English webinar:

Tuesday, April 19, 2016, 2 p.m. English webinar:

Wednesday, April 20, 2 p.m. French webinar:

  1. Type your name in the field provided.
  2. Click Enter Room to join the webinar.


For audio, please use a phone or a teleconference system.

  1. Dial 1-877-413-4781 (toll free); or, 613-960-7510 (National Capital Region).
  2. When prompted, enter the Conference ID:  3826586.


For more information, please contact:

Mika Oehling

Program Officer, Research Grants and Partnership Division


Tel.: 613-992-4227