Call for Innovative Collaboration Projects (ICP)

This call is closed, see our open calls.

The Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Program on Humanities and Society (WASP-HS) aims to realize excellent research and develop competence on the consequences and challenges of artificial intelligence and autonomous systems for humanities and society. One of WASP-HS instruments is a research program supporting innovative collaborations between Swedish universities and public and private organisations to ensure cross-fertilisation and synergy around relevant societal challenges for the benefit of Swedish society. The program aims in particular to strengthen the scientific competence of young researchers through a competitive program of collaboration with public and/or private partners, in research directions related to the humanities and social sciences.

This research targets specific problems in an area of application of AI and/or autonomous systems with wide societal implications, where there is currently a mismatch of expertise or competences in humanities or social sciences.  These projects should strengthen the vision of WASP-HS of excellent multidisciplinary research with high societal relevance for Sweden.

Universities are invited to prepare proposals for a research project together with other universities and with Swedish public or private organisations. The proposal should specify the expected benefit of the results for the participating organisation(s).


  • Multidisciplinary research topics that promise innovative, exploratory humanities and/or social sciences solutions or approaches to societal challenges related to the impact of AI and autonomous systems
  • Research is to be realised by a team of researchers from the participating organisations and universities and meet the following requirements:
    • At least 2 PIs (from different disciplines and different universities, where at least one of the PIs comes from humanities or social sciences)
    • PIs must be able to devote at least 20% of their time to the project
    • At least one PI from an external organisation (public or private)
    • At most 2 junior research positions (possibly part-time, equivalent to postdoc level)
  • A maximum of 3 MSEK can be requested from WASP-HS. These funds can cover salary costs (including 50%LKP) and running costs. Furthermore, a maximum of 3,5% of eligible direct costs to cover premises costs and a maximum of 15% of eligible direct costs to cover indirect costs (overhead) can be declared.
  • External organisation should contribute at least 25% of the project costs and ensure that a person associated with the organisation will participate as co-PI for the duration of the project. Co-financing should be cost based. The value of the co-financing should be verifiable in the book-keeping. Co-financing can be salary costs, materials, travel costs, and cost for use of infrastructure, equipment or licenses and is subject to assessment by WASP-HS or by external audit. Salary costs must be actual (paid salaries and social contributions that are verifiable in the main ledger). Co-financing costs must necessary for the completion of the project.
  • Expected project length is 2 years.
  • External partners should be established organisations that can demonstrate to have the financial means to support this research for the duration of the project, both in expertise as in financial means.
  • The arrangements between the external partner and the university, concerning all other costs not covered by WASP-HS need to be fixed in a contract between both, a copy of which should be sent to WASP-HS. The external partner must also report in-kind costs yearly to WASP-HS program office.


  • WASP-HS issues an open call for proposals in December 2020.
  • Proposals must include:
    • A description of the proposed research project and research methodology
    • A description of the knowledge development procedures that ensure cross-collaboration between academia and society
    • A description on how the proposed research contributed to the humanities and/ or social sciences, and to the aims and vision of WASP-HS
    • A description of the societal relevance of the proposed project
    • An account of the proposed project’s relevance for the participating organization(s) including the intended usage of the results.
    • A commitment letter of the participating organization.
    • CVs of participating researchers at university and partner organization(s).
  • Proposals must be submitted via the registration system of WASP-HS (
  • Submission deadline 19 March 2021.
  • The proposals will be evaluated by the Scientific Evaluation Committee of WASP-HS possibly based on external reviews from international experts
  • Final decision on the proposals is taken by the WASP-HS board.
  • Decision notifications June 2021.

Evaluation criteria

  • Scientific excellence of the proposal
  • Uniqueness, visionary and novelty nature of the proposal
  • Multi-, inter- and/or transdisciplinary aspects of the proposed research
  • Scientific merits of the participating researchers (PIs, co-PIs and junior researchers if known at time of applications)
  • Potential to strengthen basic research with humanities or social sciences
  • Potential to contribute to the resolution of societal challenges as defined by the non-academic partners
  • Potential to support for career development of young researchers
  • Concrete plans for exchange and expansion of skills bridging academia and industry/society

Rights and obligations

  • Reporting of publications
    • All publications should include acknowledgement to WASP-HS:
      This work was partially supported by the Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Program – Humanities and Society (WASP-HS) funded by the Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation
    • All publications must be reported to WASP-HS (possibly through DiVA or similar system)
  • WASP-HS activities

All researchers financed by WASP-HS are expected, on request, to participate in WASP-HS meetings and to report research results and publications.

Application form: Innovative Collaboration Projects (ICP)

This call is closed, see our open calls.

Download, fill in and attach as a pdf below:
Commitment letter, WASP-HS Innovative Collaboration Projects

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Proposal document WASP-HS Innovative Collaboration Projects (ICP)

This call is closed.


(Information about other project participants can be detailed in the proposal document)

Project leader 1 (contact person)

Project leader 2

must be from a different university and discipline

External project leader




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