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04 Jun 2018

Third SSH Integration Monitoring Report published

On 29 May 2018, the European Commission published the third edition of the monitoring report on the integration of Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) in Horizon 2020. This report assesses how the different SSH disciplines have been integrated into the projects funded in 2016 under the Societal Challenges and the Industrial Leadership priorities. A novelty in this year’s report is that data on the European Research Council (ERC) have been included.

The results of the third monitoring report of the SSH-flagged topics in 2016 remain stable compared to 2015. In some domains, however, there are large differences from 2015 to 2016. This clearly illustrates that more efforts on interdisciplinarity are needed. There are obvious concerns regarding the integration of SSH in some Societal Challenges and the LEIT parts of the programme. Some disciplines are well represented but others are not. This is particularly the case for the humanities and the arts, and some selected social sciences. The SSH partners and coordinators in the 2016 projects are concentrated in a few countries (60% of the SSH partners and nearly 80% of SSH coordinators are established in only 7 EU countries).

Based on the results of the three reports published so far the conclusions of the assessment are as follows:

  • More emphasis on the way of drafting topics to attract SSH participation and encourage a broad range of disciplines
  • Maintain the interest of established participants, while attracting newcomers
  • Further strengthen communication activities and promote success stories
  • Ensure that flagging of a topic triggers interdisciplinary responses
  • Make interdisciplinarity happen from the outset of the project.

The report can be downloaded here.

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