Call for Innovative Collaboration Projects (ICP)

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 (in different humanities and social science disciplines and different universities)
    • 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)
  • External organisation should contribute at least 25% of the project costs (in kind or cash, covering the researchers salaries, resources, or other items) and ensure that a person associated with the organisation will participate as co-PI for the duration of the project. Further information about the external participants and their (financial) contribution to the project will come soon.
  • A maximum of 3 MSEK can be requested from WASP-HS.
  • Expected project length is 2 years.


  • 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 contributes 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 (link)
  • 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 expand 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)

Note: The application form will be available in January 2021.