To tackle the current and future challenges Europe is facing, research in Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities (SSH) needs to play a major role in Horizon 2020, the European Framework programme funding research and innovation for the period 2014-2020. Net4Society aims at increasing the visibility of SSH research and its impact on society and the European Research Area.
To promote this aim, Net4Society actively contributes to the dialogues on designing the SSH dimension in Horizon 2020 – and beyond – by making the case for a strong inclusion of SSH research in the programme. In this context, the project organises a series of expert workshops on topics such as "Integration of SSH in Horizon 2020" (July 2016) or "Increasing the impact of Societal Challenge 6 research" (December 2016). Recommendations from the workshop are published in the form of factsheets.
Net4Society is founding member of EASSH, the European Alliance for Social Sciences and Humanities, which brings together scientific networks, associations, disciplines and universities. The main purpose of EASSH is to promote research on social sciences and humanities as a resource for Europe and the world.
The Net4Society "ISSUES" magazine includes articles on SSH in Horizon 2020 and targets research policy makers, research managers and other stakeholders.
Net4Society seeks to support SSH researchers by providing regular information on SSH funding opportunities in Horizon 2020 and other funding initiatives (such as ERA-Nets, Joint Programming Initiatives) and by monitoring SSH integration in the overall Horizon 2020 programme. Information on funding opportunities are published here.
Net4Society has published a position paper in the context of the Interim Evaluation of Horizon 2020. The paper stresses the importance of funding collaborative and transnational research, while also noting that Societal Challenge 6 research significantly contributes to the implementation of the Europe 2020 strategy. However, it also notes that the extremely low success rate poses a major problem in this part of Horizon 2020.
In June 2016, Net4Society organised a webinar on the topic of “Impact” of research in Horizon 2020’s Societal Challenge 6.
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