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Science at the service of Europe

Socio-economic Sciences and the humanities

Analysis for facing societal challenges

Research in socio-economic sciences and the humanities (SSH) provides policymakers with scientific analysis to identify the societal challenges that the European Research Area (ERA) should address.

EU funding in 2012
€ 94.80 million

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This activity contributes to the Europe 2020 Flagship Initiatives "Innovation Union", "Agenda for New Skills and Jobs" and "European Platform against Poverty".

In September 2012, the conference 'New skills and jobs in Europe: Pathways towards full employment' was held in Nicosia by the European Commission in cooperation with the Cypriot Presidency. A report of the conference proceedings was published. A policy review, 'Social inclusion of youth on the margins of society', looked at the lives and aspirations of young people who face severe or multiple forms of social exclusion.

The 2012 calls covered a wide range of topics, including 'Human rights in EU external relations and internal policies', 'Exercising EU citizenship: removing barriers' and 'Dealing with diversity and cohesion: the case of the Roma in the EU'. Meanwhile, steps were taken to prepare for the integration of SSH in the different activities of Horizon 2020. This cross-cutting integration would be achieved either through separate SSH topics or through an interdisciplinary approach.

Research supported through this activity yields results which are then used in policy-making. At least 95% of projects supported through this activity produced specific outputs disseminated to policymakers, an improvement over last year's 80%.