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Social Sciences & Humanities and Responsible Research & Innovation in Robotics

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As European robotics research moves towards service robotics and autonomous devices the demands for socially responsible research and innovation increases. Ethics and gender questions and societal challenges, such as an aging population and the environment become important and urgent as technology evolves rapidly.
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Ethics and gender questions and societal challenges, such as an aging population and the environment, are cross-cutting issues in the ICT-related parts of Horizon 2020's Work Programme for 2014-2015 and offer many possibilities to receive funding for responsible research and innovation.  Ethical, legal, societal and economic issues are also prominent in the robotics call for 2015 under the heading ICT 24.

Social Sciences is one of the main pillars of the Work Programme for Horizon 2020 and more opportunities to obtain funding for responsible research and innovation actions in robotics can be found under Advancing Active and Healthy Ageing. If you are interested in learning more about the societal challenges of today and how they are tackled in the new Work Programme please have a look at the presentations given during a special information day on Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) actions and Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities (SSH) expertise held in Brussels on January 21, 2014. For details of the different funding opportunities please read the note "How to Go about RRI and SSH in ICT-related parts of H2020 WP14".