Horizon 2020: Science with and for Society

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Start date: 
Wednesday, 11 December 2013
Deadline: 
Thursday, 31 December 2020
Overview and objectives: 

The aim of this programme is to build effective cooperation between science and society, to recruit new talent for science and to pair scientific excellence with social awareness and responsibility.

The "Science with and for Society" programme will be instrumental in addressing the European societal challenges tackled by Horizon 2020, building capacities and developing innovative ways of connecting science to society. It will make science more attractive (notably to young people), increase society's appetite for innovation, and open up further research and innovation activities.

It allows all societal actors (researchers, citizens, policy makers, business, third sector organisations etc.) to work together during the whole research and innovation process in order to better align both the process and its outcomes with the values, needs and expectations of European society. This approach to research and innovation is called Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI).

Actions: 

For the years 2014-2015, the calls for proposals shall focus on:

  • Call for Making science education and careers attractive for young people (SEAC);
  • Call for Promoting gender equality in research and innovation (GERI);
  • Call for Integrating society in science and innovation (ISSI);
  • Call for Developing governance for the advancement of responsible research and innovation (GARRI);

Horizon 2020 Cross-Cutting Issues will be supported as appropriate through the 4 calls and in particular:

  1. All calls are taking up and supporting Responsible Research and Innovation, one of them being specifically dedicated to Gender equality;
  2. The participation of third countries and international organisations is welcome. Funding will be subject to existing agreements;
  3. Most of the activities will require the establishment of multi-stakeholder consortia, including from Social Sciences and Humanities, SMEs and Civil Society Organisations, philanthropic organisations, etc.
  4. It is expected that all activities funded under Science with and for Society demonstrate their innovative character as well as their economic, social and environmental sustainability;
  5. The projects funded under Science with and for Society in Part 16 of the Work Programme 2014-15 will participate in the Pilot on Open Research Data in Horizon 2020 in line with the Commission's Open Access to research data policy for facilitating access, re-use and preservation of research data. Projects have the possibility to opt out of the Pilot. A related new element in Horizon 2020 is the use of Data Management Plans (DMPs) detailing what data the project will generate, whether and how it will be exploited or made accessible for verification and re-use, and how it will be curated and preserved. The use of a Data Management Plan is required for projects participating in the Open Research Data Pilot. Further guidance on the Open Research Data Pilot is made available on the Participant Portal.
  6. All calls will be instrumental in the completion of the European Research Area.
Programme budget: 
€462 000 000.00
Supplementary information: 
Developed programme: 

Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market.

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Specific programmes developing it: 

Horizon 2020: Science with and for Society

The aim of this programme is to build effective cooperation between science and society, to recruit new talent for science and to pair scientific excellence with social awareness and responsibility.

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Calls developing it: 

H2020-WIPRIZE-2015 EU Prize for Women Innovators

With the EU Prize for Women Innovators, the European Commission wants to give public recognition to outstanding women entrepreneurs who brought their innovative ideas to the market. The aim is to inspire other women to follow in their footsteps. After two successful editions in 2011 and 2014, the European Commission has launched the third edition of the prize.

Objectives pursued

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H2020-ISSI-2015-1. Integrating Society in Science and Innovation

Citizens' interests and values need to be better integrated into science, technology, research and innovation issues, policies and activities. This integration will increase the quality, relevance, social acceptability and sustainability of research and innovation outcomes in various fields of activity from social innovation to nanotechnology. This integration will be made possible by promoting Responsible Research and Innovation, i.e. the engagement of citizens and society in a co-creative research and innovation process.

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H2020-SEAC-2015-1. Call for Making Science Education and Careers Attractive For Young People

Knowledge-based societies need to make science education and careers attractive for young people in order to allow scientifically literate citizens to actively participate all along their life to their development, and to enable them to opt for a scientific career.

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H2020-GARRI-2015-1. Call for developing governance for the advancement of responsible research and innovation

Science is a crucial element in the dynamic of societies. In our interconnected and globalised world, the impact of new scientific knowledge grows steadily. How to ensure that outcomes resulting from R&I will correspond to the needs of the various societal actors and be suitable for society in the long run?

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H2020-GERI-2015-1. Call for promoting gender equality in research and innovation

The European Union aims to eliminate inequalities and to promote equality between men and women in all its activities, including in Research and Innovation. Promoting gender equality is one of the key priorities of a “Reinforced European Research Area Partnership for Excellence and Growth”. The Member States are invited to remove barriers to the recruitment, retention and career progression of female researchers, address gender balance in decision making and strengthen the gender dimension in research programmes.

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