Call: ”Challenges for Europe”

Together with German research foundation VolkswagenStiftung and Italian Compagnia di San Paolo, the Carlsberg Foundation announces the call “Challenges for Europe”.

What can be funded?

The call offers funding for researchers from social sciences and the humanities, aiming to explore long term perspectives for the challenges of the European continent and the European Union.


Call (PDF)
Electronic application system
Tips for the application system


For several years, Europe has been faced with serious challenges among the European states. Among the challenges are financial crisis, social inequality, migration, populism and nationalism, erosion of democracy, disinformation, terrorism, and cyber security. The European Union, particularly, is challenged by the development, which presents a threat to both operational capacity and cohesion among member states.

Who can apply?

The call is directed at researchers within social sciences, cultural sciences, and the humanities. The main applicant must come from one of the three countries to announce the call: Denmark, Germany, or Italy. Cooperation with researchers from Southern- and Eastern Europe is particularly desirable. It will also be considered a plus to involve junior researchers in the research projects.

Deadline and application procedure

The application process will comprise two stages. On December 13, 2018, until midnight (CET), expressions of interest can be submitted (in English). After the deadline, a group of international experts will draw up a list of research groups, which, by June 2019, will be invited to present and defend the actual project proposal to the experts appointed to evaluate the applications

The allocated funds for “Challenges for Europe” will be distributed to research consortia composed of a maximum of five “Principal Investigators” (PI’s)/partners from at least three different European countries. Researchers affiliated with European universities and research institutions are eligible to apply. Projects can last maximally four years with a maximum budget of

€ 1,000,000 per project.

Expressions of interest and applications must be submitted via the electronic application system of Volkswagen Stiftung

Further information and contact:

Further information regarding the Carlsberg Foundation’s participation in the “Challenges for Europe”-call:
Peter Thostrup, Head of Secretariat at the Carlsberg Foundation,

Questions regarding the call and the application procedure:
Ms. Cora Schaffert-Ziegenbalg, Program Director at the Volkswagen Stiftung,