Digital Lives

The fourth industrial revolution under the lens of the humanities and social sciences

​​Digital Lives is aimed at researchers in Switzerland whose current research is in the field of the humanities and social sciences. The call addresses questions surrounding the digital transformation:

  • How is digitalisation changing politics and the economy?
  • How is it changing our relationships with people and our subjective experience?
  • How is it transforming the humanities and social sciences?

Applicants at Swiss higher education institutions may propose pilot projects with a duration of up to 18 months. The grants awarded to successful applicants will range from 50,000 to a maximum of 250,000 Swiss francs. The SNSF will allocate a total amount of up to 6 million Swiss francs. Exploratory studies, investigations based on new methods and research aimed at tapping new data sources will be supported. Key criteria for the evaluation are innovation potential and prospects for follow-up research.

The call for proposals is aligned with the National Research Programmes on “digital change in the economy and society”, whose implementation is to be decided by the end of 2018, with a view to launching the relevant calls in summer 2019. At the same time, the Digital Lives call can be used for preparatory research work prior to submitting a proposal in other SNSF funding schemes (e.g. project funding, Sinergia).

Website SERI

Submission deadline

1 May 2018
5 p.m. Swiss local time
This call will not be launched again.


Division Humanities and Social Sciences