The EU funded NET4SOCIETY project has newly published an analysis listing the current funding opportunities relevant for the Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities in various research areas within Horizon 2020. Besides the societal challenge "Europe in a changing world: Inclusive, innovative and reflective societies" where SSH themes are particularly addressed, a wealth of possibilities for social sciences and humanities is offered across Horizon 2020.
The document "Opportunities for Researchers from the Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities (SSH)" aims at displaying the full range of research topics addressing substantial SSH aspects while guiding and assisting researchers in identifying such funding opportunities. Building on an analysis of SSH relevant topics provided by the Commission and the newly established Participant Portal's search engine which offers the possibility to filter and find "flagged" SSH-relevant topics, the document includes in addition funding opportunities offered by other Horizon 2020 sources like the European Research Council (ERC).
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The SSH FP7-funded ANTICORRP project has launched its first annual policy report "Controlling corruption in Europe". The report presents a methodology to assess corruption risk at country, region and sectorial level, by means of corruption indicators that are sensitive to change and policy intervention. ANTICORRP is a large-scale research project started in March 2012 and lasting for five years. The full name of the project is Anticorruption Policies Revisited: Global Trends and European Responses to the Challenge of Corruption. Its central objective is to investigate factors that promote or hinder the development of effective anti-corruption policies. The project is carried out by twenty-one research teams based in sixteen EU countries.
The Commission has adopted an important social initiative, the Social Investment Package (SIP), calling on Member States to prioritise social investment and to modernise their welfare states. It is an important evidence-based document in which also SSH research features quite visibly. In the 9 documents the SIP contains, reference is made to various SSH projects (CSEYHP, ASSPRO, COPE, IMPROVE...) as well as to innovation, health & other research initiatives.
The call for expression of interest for the selection of experts for Horizon 2020 advisory groups has been launched by the Commission services.
METRIS is a service, launched by the European Commission, with detailed information about the SSH research systems in 42 countries. On the METRIS website you have access to regularly updated national reports, synthesis reports and thematic analysis.
On 10 July 2012, the EU published new calls for proposals under the 7th Framework Programme for Research & Development, worth a total of EUR 8,1 billion. Two of these calls address Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities with a total budget of EUR 98 million for the year 2013.
285 proposals have been submitted for all 3 Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities Calls for Proposals. Expert evaluators have been chosen by enforcing strict selection criteria (scientific expertise, non-conflict of interest, geographical balance, gender, rotation). The remote evaluation of the eligible proposals will take place in April 2011 and the consensus meetings in Brussels in May 2011
In order to improve the dissemination of the research results of the Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities projects funded under the 7th Framework Programme, a set of initiatives and measures have been taken for the projects dedicated websites. A new design template for the home and internal page of the Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities funded projects' websites, prepared as a "visual skin" for web developers for the two most common used Open Source CMS - Joomla and WordPress - is downloadable here (7.7MB), together with complementary documentation:
Previously available on CORDIS, the Forward looking activities (e.g. Foresight and Forecast) of the "Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities"
theme are now available on this web site under a new menu item entitled " Forward looking activities ".
They are divided into four main areas:
The Foresight activities from before the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) are also available in a "Foresight archive".
The Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities (SSH) programme implements and disseminates results on EU research policies and activities that address changes facing the social, economic, political and cultural make-up of Europe. As such, the SSH area represents all sectors of European societies.