The integration of Social Sciences and Humanities research (SSH) in Horizon 2020 projects comes with great opportunities but also with certain challenges. For decades, the European research was mainly focused on the expertise of researchers specialised in life and physical sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Now, the Horizon 2020 policy looks further – it is based on a premise that integration of SSH aspects into European research is essential to generate new knowledge and produce interdisciplinary and innovative solutions to both societal and technological issues.
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: http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/opportunities/h2020/ftags/ssh.html#c,topics=flags/s/SSH/1/1&+callDeadline/desc
Horizon 2020 considers the socio-economic sciences and humanities (SSH) as cross-cutting and integrated in all the priorities and objectives of the Programme. The Societal Challenge 5involves this research in order to tackle the societal challenges and to provide the most suitable impact for society.
This document is designed to help potential proposers find SSH-related topics across the different parts of Horizon 2020 in Work Programmes 2016 -17.
Horizon 2020 aims at fully integrating Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities (SSH) in each of its pillars and specific objectives. SSH is therefore a cross-cutting issue and embedded in the whole framework programme.