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SSH research: providing the insights for future solutions

Funding the field of socio-economic sciences and the humanities (SSH) contributes to an in-depth, shared understanding of the complex and interrelated socio-economic challenges facing Europe and the rest of the world. The European Commission has supported SSH research over the last four consecutive framework programmes, and has sealed this commitment by dedicating a specific theme to SSH research under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). Information on projects funded through the framework programmes is available in this section.

What is funded?

Under FP7, priority is being given to research into the following areas:

  • growth, employment and competitiveness in a knowledge society;
  • social cohesion, and social, cultural and educational challenges in an enlarged EU;
  • combining economic, social and environmental objectives in a European perspective;
  • major trends in society and their implications;
  • sustainability, environmental challenges, demographic change, migration and integration, quality of life, and global interdependence.
  • Europe in the world (covering migration, poverty, crime and conflict);
  • the citizen in the European Union;
  • socio-economic and scientific indicators;
  • foresight activities, such as the future implications of global knowledge, migration and ageing.

How can I access information on funded projects?

The European Commission has funded SSH research since 1994. Consequently, plenty of valuable information on ongoing and completed research projects is available. Information can be accessed through this section of the website, but also through the e-library, which offers a host of publications originating from the funded projects.

Click here if would like to learn more about the evolution of research in SSH as supported through the European Commission's framework programmes, from 1994 onwards.