Network for Transdisciplinary Research

Our contribution to address complex societal challenges: We link scientific communities, support transdisciplinary careers and promote the development of competencies and methods.



Impact Collaboration Programme (ICP) 2022 

The Impact Collaboration Programme is a funding instrument that aims to generate new opportunities for science-policy engagement within the Geneva ecosystem and enhance the quality of boundary-spanning activities at the interface of science and international policy. The ICP supports collaborative projects which explicitly bridge science, policy and/or implementation both in terms of aims and actors involved.


Deadline: 30 January 2022


Share your ideas for the next project phase of Focus Sustainability

Focus Sustainability, the new national centre for student engagement for sustainability, supports students at all Swiss Higher Education Institutions to get meaningfully engaged with sustainability. Focus Sustainability is inviting students and higher education institution representatives across the country to share their ideas about the question: What goals should Focus Sustainability pursue in its second project phase (autumn 2022 to winter 2024)?

To give space to the individual needs of the different higher education institution types (Universities of Teacher Education, Universities of Applied Sciences and Arts, Universities) Focus Sustainability organises three separate virtual meetings in March 2022. To participate, please send an email to:


Deadline: 27 March 2022


Population and Social Data Science Summer Incubator Program

The Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) is inviting applications from qualified and highly motivated students for aSummer Research Visit in the Lab of Digital and Computational Demography. The goal of the Population and Social Data Science Summer Incubator Program is to enable discovery by bringing together data scientists and population scientists to work on focused, intensive and collaborative projects of broad societal relevance. This Summer, the focus of the program will be on risk prediction models, including concepts spanning demography, fragility, and social vulnerabilities. 


Deadline: 15 January 2021


Make Our Planet Great Again (MOPGA)

MOPGA is a call to researchers and students, entrepreneurs, associations and NGOs, students and all civil society to mobilize and join France to lead the fight against global warming. The MOPGA program offers five areas to carry out the research: a) Earth system sciences, b) climate change and sustainability sciences, c) energy transition, d) societal issues of environmental questions and e) human, animal and environmental health in the context of the "One Health" approach. The grants for the researchers will start in September 2022.


Deadline: 10 January 2022


Call - Partizipationsgruppe «Generationenwohnen»

Im Rahmen des 3-​jährigen Forschungsprojekts «Generationenwohnen in langfristiger Perspektive – von der Intention zur gelebten Umsetzung» werden Menschen jeden Alters mit Erfahrung im generationenübergreifenden, gemeinschaftlichen Wohnen gesucht, welche bereit sind, ihre Erfahrungen mit anderen in zu teilen.


Laufzeit des Projekts: 2020-2023


Call for Papers: Complex Resilience and Sustainability. Transdisciplinary Perspectives

This Special Issue of the Transdisciplinary Journal of Engineering and Science will consider contributions with a focus on complex resilience and sustainability in human activity with a transdisciplinary thrust, from a variety of perspectives: 1) Complex systems and sustainability, 2) Neurophilosophy 3) Artificial intelligence, 4) Urbanism – urban ecology and sustainability, 5) Engineering, 6) The Arts. 7) Medicine, Health and Life Sciences, 8) Law, Politics, Government, 9) Architecture, Civil Engineering, Planning, Building, 10) Social Science, 11) Mobility, 12) Smart Spaces, Intelligent Environments, 13) Production, 14) Energy, 15) Media, 16) Psychology, 17) Education, 18) Ethics (human, planetary, ecological), 19) Behavioral Sciences


Deadline: 15 December 2021


SNF-Wettbewerb für wissenschaftliche Bilder

Der SNF-Wettbewerb für wissenschaftliche Bilder lädt alle in der Schweiz tätigen Forscherinnen und Forscher ein, ihre Arbeit für die Öffentlichkeit und die Medien sichtbar zu machen. Der Wettbewerb würdigt Fotografien, Bilder und Videos, die mit ihrer ästhetischen Qualität und Kraft inspirieren und Erstaunen auslösen, Wissen vermitteln und illustrieren, menschliche Geschichten erzählen oder neue Welten entdecken.


Deadline: 31. Januar 2022


Call for Projects: The role of data in achieving the SDGs, in the context of a post-pandemic recovery

Swiss Network for International Studies (SNIS)


The Call offers project grants for pluri-disciplinary teams working on international studies. The SNIS supports pluri-disciplinary projects in the social sciences and pluri-disciplinary projects that combine natural and social sciences. The following questions (non-exhaustive list) might be addressed: How do inequalities manifest themselves in the data landscape, and how can the use of data help to track and address inequalities that exist in different dimensions of sustainable development? What data are lacking that would help address inequality in post-Covid recovery? How to find the balance between data collection and privacy to accelerate the achievement of SDGs?


Deadline: 20 January 2021


Call for papers: Mapping Interdisciplinarity: Finding our Way

Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching Conference | University of Birmingham


This year’s conference theme concentrates on that moment, in an interdisciplinary process, when students bring together different perspectives to generate something new and interdisciplinary. The conference will focus on questions like: "What research processes are used to prepare students for practising integration?" "How do we facilitate cross-disciplinary communication?" "What theories influence our teaching?".  The organisers invite submissions for short papers, hands-on workshops, and poster presentations adressing onoe or more of the following sub-themes: a) Mapping Interdisciplinarity, b) Methods of Integration, c) Assessing Interdisciplinarity. They especially encourage contributions from early career academics, students, and professional staff who support interdisciplinary teaching and learning.


Deadline: 21 December 2021


Call for papers: Weaving Together Knowledges - Collaborations in Support of the Wellbeing of Mountain Peoples and Regions

Mountain Research and Development


Mountain Research and Development invites contributions for a focus issue on knowledge collaborations between academic and local knowledge holders. Papers should explore how mountain researchers and Indigenous Peoples or other holders of place-based knowledge can collaborate to guide knowledge creation and application. Contributions by scientists and Indigenous or other local knowledge holders are equally welcome. Notices of intent are due by 10 December 2021, full papers by 15 February 2022.


SNSF Swiss Postdoctoral Fellowships (SPF)



Grants for young researchers who want to have an expert scientific training and to develop their academic career in Switzerland.


Deadline: 15 December 2021


BRIDGE Proof of Concept



The new call for BRIDGE Proof of Concept projects is open until 6 December 2021. Young researchers who want to apply their research results and realize an innovative product or service can submit their project proposal.


Deadline: 6 December 2021


JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowships 2022



Seit einigen Jahren agiert der SNF als Nominationsbehörde für die "Postdoctoral Fellowship" der Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). Für das Jahr 2022 kann der SNF der JSPS maximal zwei Forscher/-innen vorschlagen.


Deadline: 12 January 2022


Young Academics Award 2022



Die Alpenkonvention organisiert eine neue Ausgabe des Young Academics Awards - des Preises zur Förderung junger und innovativer Forschung zu alpinen Themen.

Diese Ausgabe des Young Academics Awards fokussiert sich auf das Thema „Nachhaltiger Verkehr und Mobilität in den Alpen". Beiträge zu den folgenden damit verbundenen Unterthemen sind willkommen:

  • Güterverkehr in den Alpen;
  • Personenverkehr;
  • Individuelle nachhaltige Mobilität;
  • Tourismus.


Deadline: 30. Juni 2022


Call for Chapter Proposals: Creative Data Analysis

The primary audiences for this edited collection will be Postgraduate Researchers and Early Career Researchers and it will also be a useful resource for Masters’ students, practice-based and mid-career researchers.

Increasingly researchers, practitioners, and students are working with data in creative analytic ways, whether their data was creatively or conventionally gathered. Therefore, this ‘how-to’ edited collection, setting out ways to adapt, or devise, a method of creative data analysis is a much-needed resource.

The editors interest lies in international proposals from all disciplines, and transdisciplinary work is welcome. Analysis may be of quantitative, qualitative or mixed data. A broad definition of ‘creative’ is used to include arts-based, embodied, lateral thinking, participatory, technological, multi-media, and other such approaches. ‘Analytic work’ can include methods of sense-making beyond working solely with data, and we do not necessarily regard data analysis as something that comes in between data generation and research reporting. The editors are open to chapters offering a creative approach to a specific aspect of analytic work, rather than a complete method.


Deadline: 31 December 2021


Schweizer Landschaftskongress 2022: Jetzt Beitrag einreichen!



Hin zu einer neuen Landschaftskultur

Arealentwicklung im ehemaligen Industriegebiet. Bauen und Gestalten von Siedlungen, Infrastrukturen und Freiräumen. Planen und Bewirtschaften des Agrarlandes. Filmen und Werben mit Landschaftsbildern. Wir gestalten tagtäglich Landschaft und prägen deren Wahrnehmung – in der Stadt, auf dem Land und in den Bergen, im Büro und im Feld. Angesichts des anhaltenden Drucks auf die Landschaftsqualität und neuer Herausforderungen wie der Biodiversitäts- und Klimakrise sind spürbare Veränderungen im Denken und Handeln für eine nachhaltige Landschaftskultur nötig.


Der 3. Schweizer Landschaftskongress am 8.-9. September 2022 in Rapperswil diskutiert diese Herausforderungen für die Landschaft in der Schweiz. Eingeladen sind Vertreterinnen und Vertreter aus Praxis und Politik, Forschung und Lehre, sich am Dialog zu beteiligen und Lösungen zu entwickeln. 

Gesucht sind Beiträge zu den Themenfeldern: 1) Landschaftskultur, gesellschaftlicher Wandel, Krisen; 2) Brücken schlagen für die Landschaftskultur; 3) Werkzeuge und Umsetzung der Landschaftskultur; 4) Landschaftskultur in Gesellschaft, Wirtschaft und Politik.


Deadline: 30. November 2021


Call for contribution to Renewables Global Status Report 2022



This is a great opportunity for Early Career Researchers and PhD candidates to contribute to the annual global status report (GSR) on renewable energy, the GSR2022.
The GSR relies on volunteers from the research, government, and private sectors from around the world to produce the annual report, and so to improve data collection and to close data-gaps at a regional level/technology area/policy area/ etc. It is directly related to the number of people and hours being contributed. 
There is an expression of interest form in the link just below, or contact Ines directly by reply email if you are interested in contributing.


Deadline: 28 February 2022


Call for Proposals for ESOF2022

EuroScience Open Forum


The Call for Proposals for the 2022 edition of the EuroScience Open Forum  is now open. ESOF is the largest interdisciplinary scientific conference in Europe, founded by EuroScience in 2004 and held once every two years since.  From 13 to 16 July 2022, ESOF will take place in Leiden, The Netherlands.  Leiden, with its internationally renowned university and its prestigious heritage as the birthplace of academic freedom, is a particularly suitable venue for ESOF’s 10th edition.  

The main conference theme for ESOF2022, “Crossing Borders, Engaged Science, Resilient Societies”, reflects that heritage. We invite everyone interested in contributing to the dialogue around science, and to discuss cutting-edge scientific results and their impact on society, to submit their proposals.


Deadline extended: 30 November 2021


The Revue of The Swiss Society of Americanists - La Revisit De La SSA



The SSA invites researchers affiliated to Swiss universities, research centers, and international organizations to submit articles to its 82nd volume on Contemporary Amazonian Affairs. The edited volume focuses on socio-environmental trends affecting life in the Amazon, linking local impacts on livelihoods to global phenomena and, inversely, local developments to international agendas such as conservation and climate change.

Topics connected to agricultural frontier, extractivism, infrastructure development, environmental policies, health, and societal transformations are welcomed. Additional topics and abstracts of 300 words may be submitted to the editor for consultation. Accepted authors are expected to hand in papers of up to 7.500 words (including references) on 17 December 2021. LA Revista is open access and indexed per ISSN.


Deadline: 17 December 2021


SAGW Nachwuchspreis 2022



Der Nachwuchspreis der SAGW ist dem akademischen Nachwuchs der Schweiz gewidmet. Mit dem Preis werden junge Forscherinnen und Forscher der Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften für die Qualität eines Artikels ausgezeichnet, der in einer wissenschaftlichen Publikation veröffentlicht wurde. Der mit 18 000 Franken dotierte Preis wird alljährlich im Frühling an der Jahresversammlung der SAGW verliehen.


Deadline: 1. Dezember 2021


SNSF Advanced Grants



Aufgrund der Nicht-Assoziierung der Schweiz an Horizon Europe lanciert der SNF im Auftrag des Bundes eine Ausschreibung für Personen, die sich für einen ERC Advanced Grant im Jahr 2021 bewerben wollten. Teilnahmeberechtigt sind Forschende aus allen Ländern, die in der Schweiz innovative, risikoreiche Forschung betreiben möchten. Die Gesuchstellenden müssen in den letzten zehn Jahren herausragende akademischen Leistungsausweis vorweisen können und in ihrem Fachgebiet entsprechend anerkannt sein.


Deadline: 1. Dezember 2021


Call for Papers: Design Methods and Transdisciplinary Practices

DRS2022 invites papers to contribute to the timely discussion around the shifting role of design in transdisciplinary practices. We embrace research looking at and using design in the widest possible sense, with interdisciplinary work particularly encouraged. Authors are encouraged to think about: What are the new roles - and therefore new metaphors - that can characterize the contribution of design to transdisciplinary collaborations? What are the opportunities and challenges that await designers and / or design researchers in such practices?


Deadline: 1 December 2021


Horizont Europa

Im europäischen Forschungsprogramm Horizont Europa gibt es im aktuellen Arbeitsprogramm 2021/2022 viele Anknüpfungspunkte für die Sozial-, Wirtschafts- und Geisteswissenschaften (SWG). In Cluster 5 sind insbesondere Ausschreibungen im Call "Safe, Resilient Transport und Smart Mobility services for passengers and goods" für SWG interessant.  In Cluster 6 ist vor allem der Call "Resilient, inclusive, healthy and green rural, coastal and urban communities" aus SWG-Sicht interessant. 


Deadline für Cluster 5: 12. Januar 2022

Deadline für Cluster 6: 15. Februar 2022


Jugend- und Zukunftspreis «Together we’re better»



Bist du jünger als 35? Engagierst du dich in einem Land des globalen Südens? Dann ist diese Information etwas für dich. DEZA und SECO suchen Projekte, Initiativen und Ideen von jungen Menschen aus der Schweiz, die zur nachhaltigen Entwicklung und Armutsbekämpfung in einem Land der Internationalen Zusammenarbeit beitragen. Denn all diese Initiativen helfen, die nachhaltigen Entwicklungsziele SDGs der Agenda 2030 zu erreichen. Auch Projekte in der Anfangsphase können eingereicht werden.


Deadline: 30. November 2021



Indo-Swiss Joint Research Programme 2021

Im Rahmen der bilateralen Programme des Bundes lancieren der SNF, das indische Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) und der Indian Council of Social Sciences Research (ICSSR) eine gemeinsame Ausschreibung. So soll die Zusammenarbeit von Forschenden in der Schweiz mit indischen Partnerinnen und Partnern gefördert werden. In Zusammenarbeit mit dem MoES ist das übergreifende Thema Gebirgsforschung mit Schwerpunkt Gletscher oder Klimaforschung. In Zusammenarbeit mit dem ICSSR sind Themen im Bereich der Sozialwissenschaften wie beispielsweise "International migration and immigration policies" oder "Technology, social media and social cohesion" ausgeschrieben.


Deadline: 30. November 2021


Sinergia - interdisziplinär, kollaborativ und bahnbrechend

Sinergia fördert die Zusammenarbeit von zwei bis vier Gesuchstellenden, die interdisziplinär und mit Aussicht auf bahnbrechende Erkenntnisse forschen (breakthrough research). Die angestrebten Forschungsziele erfordern die Integration von Elementen (Theorien, Methoden, Konzepten, etc.) aus zwei oder mehr Disziplinen. Alle involvierten Disziplinen weisen eine vergleichbare Gewichtung auf.


Deadline: 1. Dezember 2021


Transdisciplinary Insights

Transdisciplinary Insights (TI) is an open access student journal dedicated to giving a forum to transdisciplinary research and systems thinking. The journal communicates the results of cross-disciplinary collaboration by masters students and early career researchers, stimulated by the KU Leuven Honours Programme, in close interaction with societal actors. This ambitious journal will present refreshing outside-the-box insights and new ideas that have the potential to find their way to the established research environment. All contributions are peer-reviewed and meet academic quality standards.


Citizen Science: Theory and Practice

Citizen Science: Theory and Practice is an open-access, peer-reviewed journal published by Ubiquity Press on behalf of the Citizen Science Association. The journal focuses on advancing the global field of citizen science by providing a venue for citizen science researchers and practitioners to share best practices in conceiving, developing, implementing, evaluating, and sustaining projects that facilitate public participation in scientific endeavors in any discipline. Authors include scientists, educators, community organizers, information technologists, conservation biologists, evaluators, land-use planners, and more. Readers include anyone interested in understanding and improving practice of the growing citizen science field. As an open-access journal no fees are charged to view any part of the journal, which is supported by nominal author’s fees.



Academy of Transdisciplinary Learning & Advanced Studies


Students Collaboration Objective for Research Enhancement (SCORE): ATLAS R&B Institute Innovation Expo aims to host senior and graduate level college students from around the world; offering students an opportunity to showcase their projects in the format of a technical conference. Student teams will work together to develop their design projects and submit them online to the R&B TD Research Institute. Submissions are invited under the categories of Product Innovation, Service Innovation, Rural Innovation, and Best Scientific TD Papers.


Deadline for abstract submission: 1 December 2021


Call for papers - Transdisciplinary Research for Understanding and Transforming Food Systems



The goal of this Research Topic is to offer a forum to gather and critically synthesize new insights on how transdisciplinary research approaches and processes can be mobilized to understand better and transform effectively and inclusively food systems. By definition, transdisciplinary research integrates insights from different academic disciplines and non-academic stakeholders in processes of knowledge production. The starting point of this Research Topic is that food systems are multi-dimensional and hence any effort to understand them would require not only insights from different academic disciplines, but also input from stakeholders beyond academia that have intimate knowledge and different experiences of processes in food systems. At the same time, the transformation of food systems is typically considered to be a “wicked problem”, without any possible simple and definitive solution. Transdisciplinary research approaches are often viewed as promising avenues to inform decision-making in the context of such problems. In this sense, the transdisciplinary integration of multiple - and often contradictory - approaches, knowledge systems, and worldviews is challenging, but also a unique opportunity to understand and transform food systems. 

Deadline: 14 December 2021


Speciel issue call for papers - Integrative sustainability education: emerging concepts and approaches

Journal of Integrative Environmental Sciences


Sustainability challenges are complex and entail closely interlinked elements that span across disciplines, actors from all parts of society (citizens, NGOs, companies, local to national governments, intergovernmental initiatives,...), scales (local to global), etc. Higher education institutions play a critical role in tackling these challenges. Research on sustainability challenges and solutions as well as the management of higher education institutions for more sustainable operations have already received a lot of attention in the scientific arena. Education of students has so far received less attention. Although sustainability pedagogy and specific skills and learning outcomes for individual courses are increasingly being represented, the scientific literature still lacks depth in analyzing how to teach integrative skills. For this special issue, we encourage authors to consider the following dimensions of integration:


  • Sustainability in educational programming
  • Student population
  • Co-curricular activities
  • Institutional level
  • Disciplines/Stakeholder engagement
  • Sustainability issues/challenges


Deadline: 15 December 2021


Call for Papers on expertise in team science, interdisciplinarity and more

The journal humanities and social sciences communications offers a new collection of topics entitled "Expertise in Integration and Implementation for Transformative Research".
Papers are invited that consider descriptions of elements of expertise, case studies highlighting the application of expertise, initiatives overcoming fragmentation of expertise, educational programs for cultivating expertise or institutional recognition of expertise.

Submissions will be welcomed at any point up until December 2021.

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