Arts & HSS

Call for proposals | Supporting the implementation of projects dedicated to the relations between Social Science, Humanities and Arts
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The Fondation Maison des sciences de l'homme (FMSH), in partnership with the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Delegation in France, supports the implementation of projects dedicated to the theme of "Arts and Humanities and Social Sciences.

This call aims to provide a financial support to projects in the development stage. This support should enable project leaders to specify their problematic and their methodology, and to develop their research networks.

The relationship between the arts and the humanities and social sciences has evolved considerably in recent years, and the analysis of this relationship can be very fruitful.

The new practices of artistic creation by the digital (be they musical, photographic, filmographic) have indeed upset the forms of their apprehension by demanding new conceptual tools for any appropriate reflection.

The arts have moreover often had an essential role in the movements of claims and protest, and this in their capacity to affirm subjectivities whose narratives were often marginalized and excluded from the institutional knowledge, thus thwarting practically certain forms of ethnocentrism or of "methodological nationalism".

In concrete terms, the arts have also had an impact on territorial planning, on participation in civic life, on the teaching of history and the transmission of memory, as well as on the psychic life and identification processes of individuals and groups. These are all areas where the support of dialogue between artistic creativity and the reflection of the human and social sciences shows its full scope and meaning.

For all of these reasons, the FMSH has decided to open a call for projects dedicated to this theme, whose eligibility and selection criteria are outlined below.


The call is open to researchers from all disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, starting at the doctoral level. Only the coordinator must be a staff member of a French research institution or higher education establishment that will host the project for its duration. The other members of the team may be doctoral students, post-doctoral fellows, artists or researchers without affiliation in France or abroad.

Selection criteria

The evaluation and selection of projects will be carried out by an ad hoc scientific committee and will focus on:

  • the originality of the problematic and the approach;
  • the international and interdisciplinary dimension of the project;
  • the collaborative dimension involving small teams of 3-6 people newly constituted (whose coordinator is statutorily attached to a French research institution or higher education establishment and present in France. The other members may be doctoral students, post-doctoral fellows, artists or researchers without affiliation);
  • the participation of young researchers;
  • the participation and involvement of one or more art or artistic creation centers;
  • co-funding from other partner institutions will be a plus;

Approaches in which artistic production is a true form of knowledge and not only a form of valorization of the research itself will be particularly appreciated.

Practical and financial terms

  • The financial support allocated is for a period of two years;
  • The amount of the project is between 5,000 and 20,000 euros per project over the two years;
  • The support covers the various types of expenses related to the project's activities (travel expenses, accommodation, work meetings, workshops, etc.), with the exception of personnel expenses and salaries;
  • An agreement will be established between the FMSH and the institution to which each project coordinator belongs.

Application form

The application should consist of:

  • A detailed presentation of the project (form attached to the call)
  • A provisional budget with a precise calendar (form attached to the call)
  • CV of the coordinator and team members with publications (maximum 3 pages per CV)
  • A bibliography related to the project

It is important to note that the submission of applications is done on an online platform, and that incomplete files or those that do not correspond to the call will not be considered.

Obligations of the beneficiary

  • An interim report will be requested at the end of the first year;
  • The team also commits to providing a final scientific report and publishing on The Conversation Media.

In terms of communication:

  • Affixing the FMSH logo on all communication documents
  • Mention of the FMSH's financial support in all written or oral communications (programs, posters, proceedings, documents given to participants, articles).

Submission of the file and schedule

The submission of the application file is done as follows:

  1. Go to the platform and enter the "Project workspace";
  2. Log in if you have already created an account, otherwise create an account;
  3. Fill in your account profile for the "Project manager contact information" platform and click on "Create a project";
  4. Select the call: "ARTS and SHS Call - 2023";
  5. Fill in all the categories of information about your network project;
  6. Then specify the team coordinator and its members;
  7. At the bottom of the project page, download a single electronic document in Pdf format entitled "ARTS and SHS Call 2022" including the form attached to the call.
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