Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) topics in new Work Programmes 2018-2020

Integrating SSH research across Horizon 2020 is essential to maximise the returns to society from investment in science and technology. Integrating the socio-economic dimension into the design, development and implementation of research itself and of new technologies can help find solutions to current societal problems.

The list of SSH-flagged topics (i.e.  topics that explicitly invite contributions from  Social Sciences and Humanities) across all Horizon 2020 Societal Challenges – including also SC5 – is now available at the following link:,topics=flags/s/SSH/1/1&+callDeadline/desc

Proposals under these topics are expected to take into account the social, economic, behavioural, institutional, historical and/or cultural dimensions, as appropriate, of a societal issue. Applicants should therefore ensure that:

  1. contributions from the SSH are integrated at various stages of their proposed project, and
  2. the actions required, participants and disciplines involved as well as the added value of SSH contributions are clearly stated in the proposal.

The NCPs CaRE team invites you also to have a look at the  2nd monitoring report on SSH-flagged projects funded in 2015 under the societal challenges and industrial leadership priorities. This report assesses in a thorough manner how the different SSH disciplines have been integrated into the projects funded in 2015 under the Societal Challenges and the Industrial Leadership priorities. The report illustrates the progress of the new policy on the integration of SSH as a cross-cutting issue but it also points out to areas where further efforts for SSH integration are needed.