The publication of the Commission’s Proposal for FrameworkProgramme 7 (FP7) on 6 April 2005 is a significant milestonein the overall process leading to the final decision on FP7 bythe European Parliament and Council of Ministers. TheCommission proposal establishes the basic pri nciples andidentifies the priorities for future research, which will befurther developed in the months ahead in the form of specificprogrammes.
Social Sciences and Humanities in FP7
Interview with Director-General Mitsos on the future of EU research
The Seventh Framework Programme will ensure continuity with the past, but will also be highly innovative due to the creation of the European Research Council. For the first time, the scientific community itself will set the priorities for European-funded fundamental research in relation to SSH. FP7 will also aim for more flexibility and simplification. Greater effort will be put into making research results more visible, through an increase in dialogue. The main challenge for SSH at European level is to demonstrate that it can contribute to the well-being of our society and to competitiveness, on an equal basis with other scientific disciplines and with clear European added value.
News from EU research projects on SSH
Political extremism appeal linked to changing work conditions
Economic uncertainty and growing job insecurity are a breeding ground for prejudice, say results from the SIREN research project. It brought together two separate research fields: working life, labour market developments and social security, and analysing political orientations and right-wing populism and extremism. This project set out to see how experiences in working life influenced political orientation, and to what extent social decline and precarious living conditions were contributing to the rise of right-wing populism and extremism. Numerous political commentators have made this link but there has been no data to prove this hypothesis. Now, the EU's SIREN project has provided the evidence.
Projects’ cluster review
Gaining new perspectives on the role of learning
Under the Fourth and Fifth Framework Programmes (FP4 andFP5), the European Commission supported a significantnumber of research projects, thematic networks and projectclusters that address a wide range of education and training-related issues. The total EU contribution to these projectsexceeded €50 million. These collaborative endeavours – someof them still in progress - have produced important insightsfor policy formulation and have laid the foundations forsignificant research co-operation across Europe.
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