From 2011 onwards, research under the SSH programme will be following an overall integrated "Strategic Research Roadmap (713Kb)" covering the period 2011-2013. It should enable a better and comprehensive planning and coordination for the research community as well as for the European Commission.
The roadmap is based on the objectives and activities set out in the Specific Programme "Cooperation". It takes into account the topics covered within previous work programmes and the funded projects within the activities. Furthermore current policy developments and policy needs (expressed for example through other Commission Services within the Inter-Service Consultations) are taken into account.
In line with the new approach for the SSH Programme within each of the activities of the Specific Programme, the roadmap identifies major "Societal Challenges" that have to be tackled in a medium to long term perspective and/or "Topics" that in general will be approached by small-medium scale focused research projects or coordination and support actions that strive at either addressing urgent needs or complementing the research agenda of the societal challenges.
Please note however that this Roadmap is indicative and subject to change. It is legally non-binding for the European Commission and only serves information purposes.