Net4Society is the international network of National Contact Points for the 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 in their quest for securing EU funding
Net4Society was originally founded in 2008 during the 7th European Research Framework Programme (FP7, 2007-2013) as the network of National Contact Points for Socio-Economic Sciences and the Humanities (SSH). Since the start of Horizon 2020, the new European Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020), Net4Society is composed of National Contact Points for the Societal Challenge 6 "Europe in a changing world: inclusive, innovative and reflective societies" - a programme part of Horizon 2020 that is to a large extent driven by SSH research aspects. We actively support networking in the SSH research community and offer help in every respect of Horizon 2020 consultation. Net4Society includes the European and International National Contact Points of almost 50 countries.
We actively support networking in the research community and offer help in every respect of Horizon 2020 consultation. A specific focus of Net4Society is on supporting the successful integration of Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) throughout Horizon 2020.
Networking support: Net4Society supports networking among SSH researchers through an online Research Directory of active SSH key players. The Net4Society Partner Search Tool can help you to build your consortium for a Horizon 2020 project in Societal Challenge 6. In addition, Net4Society regularly organises international conferences that include brokerage events, where researchers and other stakeholders can meet potential project partners in a structured way.
Information on funding opportunities: Net4Society helps researchers from SSH to find all relevant funding opportunities throughout Horizon 2020 & beyond. We regularly publish a collection of SSH relevant topics in open Horizon 2020 calls. To learn more about other funding opportunities in ERA-Nets, Joint Programming Initiatives, Joint Technology Initiatives or Article 185 Initiatives check out our website.
Supporting the embedding of Social Sciences and Humanities and increasing their visibility: Net4Society carries out a number of activities to increase the visibility and to highlight the relevance of EU research in Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities. We actively contributed to the discussions on designing the future SSH dimension in Horizon 2020 by making the case for a strong inclusion of SSH research. We publish success stories that demonstrate the impact and relevance of SSH projects. Our conferences focus on SSH topics that are high on the European agenda. Our publications discuss issues such as interdisciplinarity or the participation of SSH researchers from New Member States (EU13) in the EU Framework Programmes.
Net4Society is open to all National Contact Points for Societal Challenge 6 "Europe in a changing world: inclusive, innovative and reflective societies"- if you are a new Societal Challenge 6 (SC6) NCP, please contact us!
Net4Society is a learning network: by reaching out across borders and sharing our knowledge, each SC6 NCP will gain full and easy access to all the essential tools of the trade. Thus, each SC6 NCP will have state-of-the-art know-how to support researchers in the Horizon 2020 proposal preparation process, and ultimately strengthen the role of SSH research in the Framework Programmes.
Our services include workshops and trainings for NCPs, Best Practice guidelines, and a mailing list that helps to answer all questions of daily NCP work.
As a special offer Net4Society created a Best Practice Handbook for FP7 SSH NCPs.
Net4Society4 is funded by the European Commission under Horizon 2020, Societal Challenge 6, under Grant Agreement no. 649180 (2015-2019).