H2020 & SOCIETAL CHALLENGE 6

Horizon 2020 is the EU Research and Innovation programme with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014-2020). Horizon 2020 reflects the policy priorities of the Europe 2020 strategy and addresses major concerns shared by citizens in Europe and elsewhere. By using a challenge-based approach, resources and knowledge across different fields, technologies and disciplines, including social sciences and the humanities (SSH), can be brought together.

One of these challenges is the Societal Challenge 6: Europe in a changing world – inclusive, innovative and reflective societies” that, in short, aims at fostering a greater understanding of Europe, by providing solutions and support inclusive, innovative and reflective European societies with an innovative public sector in a context of unprecedented transformations and growing global interdependencies.

In the first four years of H2020, SC6 covered different topics: inequalities and inclusive growth, European culture and cultural heritage, the place of Europe in the world and international cooperation, migration, innovation and processes of co-creation. The H2020 Interim Evaluation report shows that SC6, and the Research and Innovation funded under this challenge, contribute to different ‘Junker’ priorities for the Union, and continues to adapt to new scientific and socio-economic developments, which solidifies its relevance in the H2020 challenges frame.

The Work Programme for the final years of H2020 is still under discussion but the Advisory Group Report, has pointed different priorities which need to be addressed between 2018-2020. The question of migration, the challenges of the fourth industrial revolution and the governance processes designed to address the challenges the future holds, are the three areas identified.

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