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21 Jul 2020

EC publishes report on achievements of SWAFS programme

On 20 July 2020, the European Commission published the report "Science with and for Society in Horizon 2020: Achievements and Recommendations for Horizon Europe“. The objective of this report is to convey the achievements of the Science with and for Society (SwafS) part of Horizon 2020, stemming from funded projects and key activities. Its purpose is to serve as input for the preparation of the Horizon Europe programme implementation.

The SwafS programme was designed to contribute to the approach of allowing all societal actors (researchers, citizens, policy makers, business, third sector organisations etc.) to work together during the whole research and innovation process in order to better align both the process and its outcomes with the values, needs and expectations of European society. This means designing and implementing R&I policy that

  • engages society more broadly in its research and innovation activities,
  • increases access to scientific results,
  • ensures gender equality, in both the research process and research content,
  • takes into account the ethical dimension, and
  • promotes formal and informal science education.

A budget of EUR 462 million was earmarked for SwafS in Horizon 2020. Close to 2,000 proposals submitted in response to the annual calls for proposals shows the strong interest in SwafS topics. So far, the annual evaluations have resulted in 150 funded projects, and close to 50 more projects are expected from the final calls under Horizon 2020.

Austria is participating highly succcessfully in this programme. With a success rate of 20%, Austria is outperformed only by Norway (20.6%).

An overview report and individual reports on each of the SwafS topics can be downloaded here:

Science with and for Society in Horizon 2020 Achievements and Recommendations for Horizon Europe

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