NORFACE (New Opportunities for Research Funding Agency Cooperation in Europe) is a common action in the area of research, which combines the efforts of research funding agencies from European countries and Canada. Its mission is to support research in social sciences and offer unique opportunities for building new networks of international research collaboration in this field. It was launched in 2004 under the European Commission 6th Framework Programme’s ERA-NET scheme. The National Science Centre joined NORFACE in July 2012.

The main share of the effort in the action to further the above mentioned goals is channelled in joint research programmes, which bring together participants from a number of countries, via their respective research funding agencies, and allow them to pursue comprehensive transnational research on some core problems and challenges of contemporary Western societies.

The NCN joined NORFACE in 2012 and took part in the organisation of a call for proposals on Welfare State Futures.

Calls for proposals:

Dynamics of Inequality Across the Life-course: structures and processes (DIAL) – closed

National Science Centre together with the NORFACE network is pleased to announce a new call for project proposals on the topic of Dynamics of Inequality Across the Life-course: structures and processes (DIAL). Each project must be composed of at least three research teams consisting of eligible researchers based at host institutions in three or more different NORFACE countries participating in the call.

The timetable for applications is:

  • Outline Proposals to be submitted: 30th of March 2016, 13.00 CET
  • Shortlisted applicants to submit Full Proposals: 12th of October 2016, 13.00 CET

Countries participating in the call: Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom

For more information please see NORFACE DIAL call

Call results

Welfare State Futures (closed)

Welfare states are at a critical turning point. The development of welfare systems was one of the defining characteristics of the 20th century, especially in Europe. However, in times of change, it will be important to re-think ‘the welfare state’ with a programme of innovative research designed to ask, and answer, fundamental questions about the design, delivery and experience of welfare in the 21st century.

This call covers five themes of research on Welfare State Futures:

  1. People and the welfare state.
  2. Inequalities, diversity and welfare states.
  3. Rethinking the economics of the welfare state.
  4. The future politics of the welfare state.
  5. Shifting responsibilities for welfare.

Research team: composed of research teams from at least 3 countries participating in the call

Countries participating in the call

Austria, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Sweden, United Kingdom

Project duration: up to 3 years

NCN budget for the call: € 830 000


Outline proposals application deadline: 16th of April 2013

Full proposal application deadline: 16th of January 2014

Final results: July 2014                   

For more information please click here.

Polish project awarded within the call:

European Welfare Systems in Times of Mobility

Polish PI:

  • dr Paweł Kaczmarczyk, Centre of Migration Research, University of Warsaw


  • prof. Helga de Valk – Project Leader (Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute, the Netherlands),
  • dr Hein de Haas (Oxford University International Migration Institute, UK),
  • prof. Lucinda Fonseca (Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal).


dr hab. Wojciech Sowa, tel: +48 12 341 9171

Anna Kotarba, tel: +48 12 341 9091

NORFACE DIAL has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 724363.