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09 Apr 2019

EASSH calls for integrating SSH research and expertise more effectively

The European Alliance for Social Sciences and Humanities (EASSH) has published a position paper on SSH integration in Horizon Europe. The  network welcomes the continued commitment of the European Commission to integrate SSH expertise and to continue evaluating the quality of such integration. According to the paper, in the four years of monitoring Horizon 2020 (2012-2017), the integration of SSH across the societal challenges has remained very weak.

In its contribution, EASSH aims to highlight some of the on-going issues raised by the 4th Monitoring Report so that the network's recommendations will improve the architecture of Horizon Europe by integrating SSH research and expertise more effectively.

With a focus on the development of the future framework programme, EASSH makes the following recommendations:

  • a solid and strong focus in Horizon Europe on research in societies, democracy, culture and social transformation as a self-standing cluster, which has comparable resources to those in other clusters;
  • a redefinition of the concept of integration through the co-design of the clusters to ensure a relevant socio-economic, historical and legal framework, and the inclusion of SSH-led intervention areas in all clusters in Horizon Europe;
  • appropriate participation of SSH researchers in strategic programming committes, in calls and topic-drafting teams and evaluation panels to ensure that proposals are assessed in line with all call requirements, and to embed crucial expertise to allow full assessment of research and innovation impact on societies and individuals.
  • a revised methodology for monitoring interdisciplinary integration combined with a higher degree of adaptiveness of the programme during its implemention based on mid-term evaluation.
  • The paper can be downloaded here.


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