Societal Challenge 6

The Societal Challenge 6 of the Horizon 2020 programme aims at fostering a greater understanding of Europe, by providing solutions and support inclusive, innovative and reflective European societies with an innovative public sector in a context of unprecedented transformations and growing global interdependencies.

To tackle the current and future challenges Europe is facing, research in Social 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 as well as the topics of Societal Challenge 6 and their impact on society and the European Research Area.

"Europe in a changing world - inclusive, innovative and reflective societies"

  • Horizon 2020 Part III "Societal Challenges"

  • 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 three partners from three 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 Societal Challenge 6 NCP!

Societal Challenge 6 NCPs

DLR Projektträger

We are the international network of National Contact Points for the Societal Challenge 6 in Horizon 2020.

We are here to guide researchers in their quest for securing EU funding and can answer all your questions around funding opportunities in Societal Challenge 6.

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.