To tackle current challenges, Europe needs research on European societies – now more than ever. How such research can effectively be promoted through Europe’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, Horizon 2020, is the topic of a position paper that Net4Society has now published.
The focus of the position paper is on Horizon 2020’s “Societal Challenge 6: Europe in a changing world: Inclusive, innovative and reflective societies” and on the cross-cutting objective of integrating Social Sciences and Humanities throughout the programme.
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, the extremely low success rate poses a major problem in this part of Horizon 2020.
Net4Society is the international network of National Contact Points for Societal Challenge 6 ("Europe in a changing world: inclusive, innovative and reflective societies") in Horizon 2020. National Contact Points (NCPs) are set up to guide researchers and other potential applicants in their quest for securing EU funding. The position paper is based on the feedback that NCPs received from their clients.
Public Online Consultation on Horizon 2020 – Net4Society Background Information
On 20 October 2016,the European Commission has launched an online public stakeholder consultation on Horizon 2020, the EU Research and Innovation Framework Programme. The results of the consultation will feed into the interim evaluation of Horizon 2020 to improve the implementation of the programme. Even more important is the fact that the results will also help to prepare the next EU research and innovation programme (“FP9”).
This consultation offers a crucial opportunity to stress the importance of research on European societies, which is mostly carried out by the social sciences and humanities. Researchers and other stakeholders from these areas should, therefore, take this opportunity to make their voices heard.
Net4Society would like to support the participation of stakeholders in the online consultation by providing its perspective on a number of consultation questions. In support of this aim, Net4Society has developed a “Background Information” document on the consultation, which highlights questions and aspects of particular relevance for societal research. Stakeholders, who plan to participate in the online consultation, are welcome to use the short texts provided in this document.