Position Papers

EASSH Response to EC Consultation on Horizon Europe (September 2019)

EASSH has actively engaged with the European Commission and other partners in learning from the implementation of Horizon 2020 with the aim of improving the design of HEu.  We continue to support the focus on a strong and well-resourced Pillar 1, especially concerning funding for ERC, Marie Sklodowska-Curie and research infrastructures for all disciplines, including investment in large-scale longitudinal studies. We support a coherent set of equitably resourced clusters, which retain a central focus on addressing citizens’ concerns. We insist on recognising that the contributions made by researchers in SSH must be seen as an integral part of the scientific challenge in calls and must be assessed by suitably qualified experts. We will continue to exert pressure on the Commission to draw on relevant expertise in designing the clusters and drafting the resulting work programmes and calls, thereby facilitating the integration of all research contributions. EASSH supports a third pillar that sees innovation not just as a technological exercise, but rather one capable of recognising the role of the innovation process in a wider range of areas, such as labour relations, work−life balance and population studies, creative industries studies, cultural and linguistic diversity, education.  

EASSH and LERU Statement to Member States to continue supporting European Partnerships addressing major social and human issues

The European Alliance for Social Sciences and Humanities (EASSH) and the League for European Research Universities (LERU) would like to draw your attention on our joint statement about the strong need for continued support for European Partnerships to address major social and human issues in the framework of Horizon Europe. The joint statement has benefitted from a contribution by Academia Europea. 

Interdisciplinary perspectives for Horizon Europe: Lessons from the 4th SSH Integration Monitor Report

EASSH welcomes the continued commitment of the European Commission to integrate SSH expertise and to continue evaluating the quality of such integration. However, in the four years of monitoring Horizon 2020 (2012-2017), the integration of SSH across the societal challenges has remained very weak. 

In this contribution, EASSH aims to highlight some of the on-going issues raised by the 4thMonitoring Report so that our recommendations will improve the architecture of Horizon Europe by integrating SSH research and expertise more effectively.

Improving Research Impact Assessment in Horizon Europe: A Perspective from the Social Sciences and Humanities

In this paper, the Alliance recommends that to best capture the impact of research, researchers must be enabled to use a diversity of methods, data sources and forms of explaining the impact of their projects. EASSH invites the European Commission to capture impact not project by project, but on the wider terrain of the overall calls’ aims.