Dynamics of Inequality during the Life Course: structures and processes (DIAL)

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 724363

Existing and rising inequalities pose fundamental challenges to European societies and economies. The increasing gap between rich and poor, exacerbated by the recent financial and economic crises, is a key concern. The sources of inequalities in contemporary societies are complex and highly intertwined and they and their consequences can only be understood by comprehensive research activities.

It is for this reason that NORFACE (the New Opportunities for Research Funding Agency Cooperation in Europe) network has launched its fourth major transnational research programme on the topic of Dynamics of Inequality Across the Life-course: structures and processes (Acronym: DIAL).

The European Commission is providing top-up funding via an ERA-NET Cofund grant to this joint research programme.

Scientific Programme Coordinator
The NORFACE partners are looking to appoint a Scientific Programme Coordinator for the DIAL programme. The recruitment text can be found here.

NORFACE launched the DIAL Call in December 2015. Applications to the NORFACE research programme are were processed in two stages. In the first stage, project Outline Proposals were invited with a deadline of 30 March 2016. 170 proposals were submitted to the programme.

These proposals have been assessed by the DIAL Evaluation Panel. The NORFACE Network Board followed the panel’s recommendation to invite 49 teams to the Full Proposal stage, with a deadline of 12 October 2016.
Funding decisions have been taken by the NORFACE Network Board in April 2017. Information on the funded projects was published on this website in June 2017.

Themes and objectives of the programme
This programme has three major objectives:

  • To advance globally excellent theoretical and methodological research on dynamics of inequality across the life-course which may be multi-disciplinary, inter-disciplinary and comparative, and which builds synergistically on a pan-European basis.
  • To motivate and support excellence and capacity building for research on dynamics of inequality across the life-course on a cross-national basis throughout the NORFACE countries.
  • To develop understanding and promote research-based knowledge and insight into dynamics of inequality across the life-course for issues of societal, practical and policy relevance, with theoretical foundations but worked on jointly with relevant users and experts.

The programme is structured around four themes that reflect transitions and trajectories at four stages of the life course, described in detail in the Pprogramme Ttext accompanying theis Ccall for Proposals. These four themes are:

  1. Early life influences and outcomes;
  2. Early adult transitions into tertiary education, vocational training and economic activity;
  3. Labour market and family trajectories and the growth of inequality; and
  4. Labour market participation in later life and retirement.