DGT – Pre-Announcement

Pre-Announcement on the T-AP call on Democracy, Governance and Trust

The Trans-Atlantic Platform (T-AP) for Social Sciences and Humanities is delighted to announce its fourth joint research call on Democracy, Governance and Trust (DGT).

Aim and Scope of the DGT Call

The world is facing exceptional social, economic, technological, environmental and geopolitical challenges, including migration, climate change emergencies, energy crises, war, conflict, political extremism, erosion of democratic institutions, protest, violence, corruption and growing public distrust of governance and expertise. These affect not only the institutions of democratic government but also the wider structures and processes that make our societies work and hold together. The call on DGT seeks to understand how democracy, governance and trust are integral to the tackling of both short-term crises and long-term challenges and are themselves a focus of the discontent and disruption facing many societies. The DGT call aims to deepen and widen our knowledge and understanding of opportunities, challenges, and crises, relevant to democracy, governance and trust.

The DGT call will focus on areas derived from the following nine cross-cutting themes of democracy, governance and trust. The focus on these themes will encourage research teams to develop innovative and outstanding interdisciplinary research proposals and it is also envisaged that proposals will potentially consider linkages between these themes as well as develop, and add to, their analysis in ways that explore the past and contemporary factors shaping democracy, governance and trust.

  1. Concepts, understandings, and models of democracy, governance and trust
  2. Education
  3. Media, information and communication
  4. Economies and economic systems
  5. Identities, discrimination, marginalization and inequalities
  6. Ecosystems and environments
  7. Epistemologies, knowledge and expertise
  8. History and culture
  9. Power, authority and conflict


Applicants must apply as a transnational research project partnership. Each project must comprise at least three eligible co-principal investigators from at least three different T-AP participating countries from both sides of the Atlantic. Applicants are encouraged to start discussing possible projects with prospective partners.

The following funding organizations intend to support the DGT call**

**Final decision pending

Tentative Timeline

June 15, 2023 Call launches
July and August 2023 Information webinars
September 15, 2023 Deadline to submit the required notice of intent to apply (NOI)
October 2023 Information webinar
November 6, 2023 Deadline to submit full application
March – June 2024 Expert Panel Evaluation
July – August 2024 Notice of funding decisions
September 2024 Start date of awards

The DGT call is expected to be launched on 15th June 2023. Please note that this pre-announcement is for information purposes only. It does not create any obligation for T-AP nor for any of the participating funding organizations. All information provided in this pre-announcement is subject to change. The official call announcement be published on the T-AP website (https://transatlanticplatform.com/).