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    Social Sciences and Humanities: Ready for Take Off?

    Horizon 2020 (H2020) brought a new approach to funding opportunities for researchers in the Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH). Whereas in the 7th Framework Programme (FP7) the SSH had their own dedicated programme and budget line, SSH research is now fully integrated into each of the priorities of H2020. This strategy is based on the premise that the SSH are essential if H2020 projects are to be a true benefit for society.

    Integration of SSH Research in the Climate Challenge

    Societal Challenge 5, "Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials", is one of the areas of Horizon 2020 for which the integration of Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) research is particularly relevant. For research and innovation dealing with global change and sustainability to create real impacts, changes in behaviour, habits and attitudes as well as the way our economy works are imperative.

    Clear Need for High-Level SSH Research

    Tobias Strøm has been working in the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation at the European Commission since October 2015 and mainly deals with the integration of the Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) across Horizon 2020 (H2020). He is involved in the administration of the Expert Advisory Group on Societal Challenge 6, "Europe in a changing world – inclusive, innovative and reflective societies".

    European Open Science Agenda Moves Forward

    Brussels has witnessed important developments in the area of open science over the last few months. The "Amsterdam Call for Action on Open Science" and the "European Cloud Initiative" (ECI) were both adopted. Among the priorities that these initiatives list are the transition to full open access models for scientific publications and new approaches towards the sharing of scientific data.


    Protoscar: A Swiss Solution for Sustainable Transport Infrastructure

    One of the key ways Horizon 2020 differentiates itself from previous Framework Programmes is through the concept of cross-thematic and multi-disciplinary "Challenges" that it seeks to address. This move has seen Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) research transition to an embedded role in a wide variety of calls including Health, Energy, ICT, Environment, Security and Transport.


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