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Horizon 2020 2016-17 Work Programmes: Where are the opportunities for social science and humanities research?

Funding opportunities through the Horizon 2020 2016-2017 Work Programmes are now available in draft form. Register today to attend one of a series of information days being held around the UK, to see where the opportunities are for your project.

National Contact Points will be helping applicants to get a better understanding of European funding on:

  • Societal Challenge 6: Europe in a Changing World: Inclusive, Innovative and Reflective Societies
  • Science with and for Society
  • Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation
  • Embedding Social Science and Humanities (SSH) across Horizon 2020

Societal Challenge 6 focuses on developing greater understanding of a culturally and socially rich and diverse Europe and how it needs to adopt new paradigms for change in a context of unprecedented transformation and growing global interdependence.

The Science with and for Society Programme aims to bring together science and society, integrating gender and ethical dimensions, ensuring the access to research outcomes and encouraging formal and informal science education.

Addressing European internal disparities in terms of research and innovation performance, efficiency of national research and innovation systems and networking is covered by the Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation Work Programme.

SSH opportunities are not just confined to these calls however. In 2014/15 37 per cent of the topics available to applicants were flagged as SSH relevant, with an estimated €488 million available. Embedding SSH across Horizon 2020 is therefore crucial in maximising the opportunities for SSH researchers and ensuring interdisciplinary approaches to global challenges are supported. 

Dates for Horizon 2020 information days:

  • The British Academy, London: 2 November 
  • University of Nottingham: 4 November
  • University of Glasgow: 9 November 
  • University of Swansea: 16 November 
  • Queen’s University Belfast: 18 November

Registration for these events is now open, on a 'first come, first served' basis.

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