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How to get EU funding for socio-economic and humanities research

On the homepage you can find explanations on how our research funding is organised.

Calls for proposals

Proposers will find a variety of funding schemes available, from large collaborative projects to more focused collaborative projects, supporting and coordinating actions, to specific international cooperation actions.

On 10 July 2012, two calls for proposals within the Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities research programme were published within the Work Programme 2013.

Deadline for receipt of the proposals for the two calls is 31 January 2013 at 17:00, Brussels local time: :

All call information is accessible on the Participant Portal

Please note that you can use CORDIS e-mail notification service to be notified by
e-mail each time a call relevant to your area of expertise is published.

Funding possibilities under other research programmes

A number of topics under other European Commission research programmes could be of interest to socio-economic sciences and humanities researchers. A Commission funded network of National Contact Points - NET4SOCIETY - produces a regularly updated analysis of SSH relevant topics in areas other than Theme 8 - Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities.

Research areas in SSH

For an overview of the Areas of research funded for SSH in FP7, please consult the general overview.

More details are available in the Specific Programme "Cooperation" Council decision
( 450Kb) (to open at page 112) and the SSH annual work programme ( 392KB)

Who can help you?!

  • National Contact Points for Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities

    Please be aware that Commission staff cannot help you with proposal writing.
    For advice and individual assistance in all Member and Associated States, the Commission provides a network of National Contact Points (NCPs). The NCPs are national structures established and financed by governments of the 27 EU Member States and the states associated to the Framework Programme. They give personalised support 'on the spot' and in proposers' own languages.
    Since NCPs are appointed for each of the FP7 areas, when seeking support you should contact the NCP relevant to your area of interest :
    • the NCPs for "Legal and Financial" issues
    • the NCPs for SSH
    You can search the CORDIS web service for National Contact Points in SSH and other specific EU Framework Programme areas. Since NCPs are appointed for each of the FP7 areas, when seeking support you should contact the NCP relevant to your area of interest. In some cases you might need assistance or advice on financial or legal matters regarding your proposal from a network of specialised "Legal and Financial" NCPs.

  • Enquiry Service

    Besides, the Commission created the 'Enquiry Service' (A service provided by the Europe Direct Contact Centre). You can send your questions about any aspect of European research in general and the EU Research Framework Programmes in particular. Your enquiry will be logged in a database to ensure that you get a response as quickly as possible and then passed through to the relevant department for expert handling.
    This service replaces the traditional Help Desk email service.
    Please note that it will provide no answers related to forgotten passwords (for experts, proposals, etc.), the technical aspects of proposal submission, or IT problems (there will be specific help via the submission system (EPSS) pages).

Experts for evaluation of proposals

If you are interested in being an expert for the evaluation of the SSH proposals, you can register via the following link: