Cluster 2

Cluster 2 aims to strengthen European democratic values, including rule of law and fundamental rights, safeguarding our cultural heritage, and promoting socio-economic transformations that contribute to inclusion and growth. The three areas of intervention are democracy, cultural heritage and social and economic transformations.

"Culture, creativity and inclusive society"

  • Horizon Europe Part II "Global Challenges & European industrial competitveness"

  • Top-down approach - proposals must address the given topics.

  • Funding topics  regularly published in "Call for proposals".

  • Researchers  apply for funding within  set time of mostly 5 - 6 months 

  • Mainly cooperative projects with at least 3 partners from 3 European / Associated countries

More information

Look behind the scenes of Societal Challenge 6 policies

Net4Society compiled three factsheets which monitor the diverse policies, programmes and projects of the EU which fit in the scope of Societal Challenge 6. Migration, Transformations and e-government are the key topics of Work Programme 2018-2020. Open the three documents in the right sidebar.

Contact your Cluster 2 NCP!

Societal Challenge 6 NCPs

DLR Projektträger

We are the international network of National Contact Points for the Cluster 2 in Horizon Europe.

We are here to guide researchers in their quest for securing EU funding and can answer all your questions around funding opportunities in Cluster 2.

Find your national NCP!


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.

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.