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 has formed a Taskforce (Task 3.1 “Increasing SSH visibility”) to reinforce cooperation with other relevant European stakeholders and support a full integration of SSH aspects in the European Research Area.
We actively contributed to the ongoing dialogues on designing the future SSH dimension in Horizon 2020 by making the case for a strong inclusion of SSH research in such a framework.
As a recent activity within this task, NET4SOCIETY initiated in cooperation with other actors such as the European Alliance for Social Sciences and Humanities (EASSH) a "Joint Letter from the SSH communities". The Letter was addressed to the Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn, the members of the Euroean Parliament and the representatives of the Council. This initiative aimed at contributing to the tralogue discussion towards the final design of the Horizon 2020 structure - with a specific reference to the Social Sciences and Humanities role.
NET4SOCIETY seeks to support SSH researchers by providing regular information on SSH funding opportunities in Horizon 2020 and other ERA-Initiatives and by monitoring SSH integration in the overall Horizon 2020 programme (Task 3.2 "Opportunities in Horizon 2020"). Information on funding opportunities will be published here.
Together with other European organisations, NET4SOCIETY has composed an open letter to the EU Commissioner for Research and Innovation, that makes the case for a strong SSH research programme within the next European Framework Programme Horizon 2020. The letter can be signed online here.
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