08 Jan 2021

Quality of SSH integration is increasing, monitoring report finds

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The European Commission has recently published the fifth edition of its monitoring report on 'Integration of Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) in Horizon 2020'. To monitor the development of this cross-cutting issue, various dimensions are examined, such as the budget going to SSH partners, qualitative aspects, performance of disciplines and sectors involved, as well as which countries are represented as participants and coordinators.

The report shows that substantial quantitative progress has been made in many areas since the start of the programme. However, it also illustrates that more effort is needed to improve the quality of SSH integration. Some of the most relevant findings of the report can be summarised as follows:

       
  • The  quality  of  SSH  integration  improved  considerably  in  2018:  65%  of  projects  had good quality SSH integration with the 10% threshold (49% with the 20% threshold).
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  • The proportion of projects that failed to meet any quality criteria decreased: 11% of projects with the 10% threshold (17% with the 20% threshold).
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  • There were 130 SSH-flagged topics, up from 113 in 2017 - 391 projects were funded under the flagged topics in 2018, up from 262 in 2017.
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  • The projects had a total budget of €1.9  billion, up from €1.2 billion in 2017.
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  • Of  the  overall  budget,  €415  million  went  to  SSH  partners,  up  from  €272  million  in  2017.
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  • Results  are  comparable  with  previous  years  in  terms  of  the  proportion  of  projects  with SSH partners (86%), the involvement of SSH partners (26%) and budget share (22%)

The scope of this monitoring report on the integration of SSH across Horizon 2020 has gradually been extended to cover the European Research Council, Future and Emerging Technologies, Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions, and Research Infrastructures. This year the report also looks at the topical 'Science with and for Society (SwafS)' part of the programme.

The report can be downloaded here:

5th Monitoring Report on Integration of Social Sciences and Humanities in Horizon 2020