A new policy document for SAMKUL
The new programme board – which formally takes over all SAMKUL responsibilities from January 1 2016 – has by November 25 more or less finished their task of revising the work programme ("the programme plan") for the five years to come. The work programme is SAMKUL's general policy document for the period 2016 to 2020, and lines up the main goals and priorities. A draft version of the word programme is released and the research institutions may comment on the document. The work programme will be put forward to the Division board for approval early December 2015, and the final document will then be published on SAMKUL home pages, first in Norwegian.
The aim of SAMKUL for the period 2016 to 2020 is still to expand the knowledge base for society's direction and political choices. In order to better equip society to meet major societal challenges and the opportunities arising from them, we need a broad interpretation, understanding and explanation also of the cultural conditions, or rather cultural prerequisites, underlying societal development. The prioritized thematic areas for the upcoming years are partly changed from the present, and the three main new research areas of SAMKUL will be Nature and Man; Technology and Material Environments; and Knowledge, Welfare and Economy, analysed through historical, linguistic, religious, ethical, normative, communicative and aesthetic dimensions. It is the new board's hope and anticipation that these thematic areas and cross-cutting dimensions will stimulate researchers from the humanities, as well from the social sciences and other faculties, to deal with important societal challenges and provide new knowledge and insights that are relevant for the society as a whole. The programme board has among other documents based its revision on the former programme board's midway report (September 2015, only in Norwegian), which describes and analyzes the activities and research projects hitherto in SAMKUL, as well as giving recommendations for the next five-year period.
A new call, deadline February 17 2016
If the final editing of the work programme, approval of the Division board and the finalization of the call text etc., is going as planned in November and December, a new call for project proposals will be published on the home pages of the RCN and SAMKUL approx. December 14, first in Norwegian. The deadline for submitting applications will be Wednesday 17th of February, 2016. The call will provide up to NOK 95 to 100 million for the years 2016-2019. The basis of the call is the revised work programme, i.e. the project proposals must deal with the above-mentioned thematic areas and cross-cutting dimensions.
The new work programme, as well as the call text will be published in English as soon as the approved texts are formally approved, hopefully within December 2015.