Trans-Atlantic Platform Launch


Today marks the official launch of the Trans-Atlantic Platform in Social Sciences and Humanities Research (T-AP), a partnership among 15 social sciences and humanities research funding agencies from Europe and the Americas, of which the ISSC is a member. The Platform seeks to enhance trans-Atlantic research collaboration in key areas of mutual interest and engagement that address 21st century societal challenges.

T-AP is a three-year initiative funded by the European Union, and is a global first among national humanities and social science research agencies. It brings together key partners from the Americas and Europe to identify best practices and priorities for future collaboration to enhance the quality, quantity and visibility of future actions, including possible joint research agendas.

“The increasingly complex challenges facing society in the 21st century transcend international boundaries. From prosperity and sustainability to poverty and inequality in an aging society, researchers in the social sciences and humanities on both sides of the Atlantic are working to understand and address these global challenges,” said Chad Gaffield, President of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and co-chair of the T-AP Steering Committee. “This new Platform will provide us with a great opportunity to stimulate and advance international collaboration, remove barriers to research, and strengthen research outcomes.”

Rénee van Kessel, Director Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research- Social Sciences. and co-chair of the Platform says: ”As social sciences and humanities research is of vital importance to address all future global challenges, there is a strong urge to strengthen collaboration in these disciplines on a transnational level. By encouraging transnational research coordination and intensifying communication, the Platform paves the way for national agencies to work together and achieve convergence, in terms of research policy, programme design and funding practice.”

T-AP will contribute to the realization of a Global Research Area in the social sciences and humanities and will build on and expand cooperation among the participating agencies. As an initial focus, the Platform will pilot new principles and practices of international collaboration to enable research on Big Data and Digital Scholarship. The Platform will also develop a shortlist of thematic areas with special promise for international collaboration, to serve as recommendations for topics and issues to incorporate within the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program, and national funding strategies.

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