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01 Mar 2019

EC publishes 4th Monitoring Report on SSH Integration in Horizon 2020

On 28 February 2019, the European Commission presented the latest edition of the SSH monitoring report. The report provides key insights and lessons learnt from the integration of social sciences and humanities (SSH) in the topics and projects of the year 2017. It covers all SSH flagged topics of the calls for proposals of 2017, as well as projects selected under those calls. The Commission stresses that the ultimate goal is not to flag SSH as many topics as possible, but rather to focus on those for which the inclusion of SSH disciplines effectively makes sense and where they have a clear added value.

The most important results of the report are as follows:

  • The part of the overall annual budget going to SSH has gone up from 7% in 2016 to 8.5% in 2017.
  • The share of projects with at least one SSH partner is clearly on the rise from 71% to 86%.
  • Besides Societal Challenge 6, SC 1 ‘Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing’, SC 2 ‘Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry, Marine, Maritime and Inland Water Research and the Bioeconomy’ as well as SC 5 ‘Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials’ are also doing quite well, while SC 4 ‘Smart, green and integrated transport’ has experienced a drop since 2016.
  • Economics is the dominant discipline, but also political science/public administration and business/marketing perform well. The Humanities/Arts and several Social Sciences are still involved only in a limited number of projects under flagged topics.
  • New areas included in this edition of the report, such as MSCA, FET and RI also show a fair level of SSH integration.

The Report can be downloaded here.

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