Why the EU supports social sciences and humanities (SSH) research

The EU stands for a unique way of combining economic growth with high levels of social protection and inclusion, shared values including democracy, human rights, gender equality, and the richness of cultural diversity.

This model is constantly evolving and needs to deal with multidimensional challenges.

Horizon 2020, the EU's research and innovation funding programme 2014-2020, devoted significant resources to fostering a greater understanding of Europe and providing solutions for inclusive, innovative and reflective European societies.

Building on these achievements, research and innovation activities under Horizon Europe, the current research and innovation funding programme will focus on democratic governance, cultural heritage, and social and economic transformations.

The priorities are interconnected and respond to the most pressing social, political, economic and cultural concerns and expectations of European citizens. 

Funding opportunities

  • Horizon Europe

    Calls for proposal in SSH are mainly in Cluster 2: Culture, Creativity and Inclusive society

Collaboration and jobs

  • Jobs (EURAXESS)

    Researcher jobs in related fields

  • Find project partners

    Find partners for open calls for proposal and view profiles of organisations that have previously received funding through the funding and tenders portal

Projects and results

Scientific publications, tools and databases

  • EU Open Data Portal

    Single point of access to open data produced by the EU institutions - all data free to use for commercial and non-commercial purposes

  • OpenAIRE

    You can access all scientific publications from Horizon 2020 via OpenAIRE


  • National contact points

    The national contact points (NCP) network gives guidance and information on participating in Horizon 2020. NCPs are established in all EU countries and many non-EU countries.

  • Research enquiry service

    You can contact the research enquiry service to find out more about research in Europe, the EU's research and innovation funding programmes as well as calls for proposals and project funding.  

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