New Opportunities for Research Funding Agency Cooperation in Europe (NORFACE) is a partnership
of national research funding agencies in Europe dedicated to leading and developing opportunities for
scientists in the area of social and behavioural sciences.
NORFACE plays an important part in responding to the grand societal challenges by promoting
research of the highest quality, sharing best practices among research funders and especially by
making international collaboration between social scientists in Europe possible. From challenges
brought on by migration and inequality to preparing for the impact of an aging society, researchers in the
social sciences in Europe are looking at the behaviour of individuals and groups, and the dynamics of
institutions and societies within Europe to understand and address these societal challenges.
NORFACE offers distinctive opportunities for researchers by developing common research funding
instruments, thus opening new roads for facilitating and building high quality transnational
networks of research collaboration in the area of social and behavioural science. Launched in January
2004, the NORFACE network is the result of a successful bid for funding to the European Commission’s
6th Framework Programme within the ERA-NET scheme.