Guidelines on SSH integration for mission-oriented research programmes published
The organisers of the SSH Impact Conference in Vienna on 28-29 November 2018 have published the document ‘Social Sciences and Humanities Research Matters: Guidelines on how to successfully design, and implement, mission-oriented research programmes’. It includes practical advice for unleashing the full potential of interdisciplinary cooperation to tackle societal challenges.
The document addresses all parties dealing with research funding programmes in various ways. Specifically (but not exclusively), these guidelines focus on research programmes that set out a specific goal to tackle a societal problem through the means and opportunities provided by scientific and scholarly research – both from SSH and STEM. The expected research is often described as “mission-oriented”, albeit usage of this term varies.
The guidelines were drafted, consulted and compiled by Thomas König on behalf of the organisers of the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union Conference on ‘Impacts of Social Sciences and Humanities for a European Research Agenda – Valuation of SSH in Mission-Oriented Research.’ The document was consulted with participants of the SSH Impact Conference and international experts in the field.