Horizon Europe negotiations: EASSH calls for a strong SSH research access

In view of the Council of Europe and Parliamentary discussion on the EU proposal for Horizon Europe, EASSH has submitted the following recommendations:

  • A budget which demonstrates the EUs commitment to the excellence pillar (especially ERC and MCSA) and a more balanced redistribution of funding across the clusters, as EASSH demonstrated that all research in societal challenges costs the same. In particular, better resources for cluster 2 which addresses key issues at the heart of the EU citizens like democracy and social transformation.
  • More intervention areas per cluster that are driven by relevant social and humanities research perspectives and pursue social solutions rather than just technical ones. It remains extremely important to monitor the contribution from all the research fields, including Social Sciences and Humanities
  • A stronger social dimension in the EIC
  • Maintain and strengthen an SSH expert cluster management in R&I and a better access to be given to academics and experts in SSH in all aspects of the Horizon Europe implementation processes

In the paper on the Assessment of Horizon 2020 Implementation, the ITRE Committee has recognised that Social Sciences and Humanities research is fundamental for addressing many of the most pressing societal challenges oftoday, which should feature in the planning for the Horizon Europe. The Committee also recognised the value added of SSH research for an holistic approach to research across the current challenges, which draws on the widest set of expertise and reaffirmed its commitment to ensuring that research on society and the social impact of research are better integrated in Horizon Europe.

We trust that the European Parliament and the Member States will continue to pursue its support to the research that matters to the EU citizens.