EASSH calls for European policymakers and funding agencies to ensure that all domains of research are mobilised to address the challenges of Covid-19, using a mission-type “portfolio approach” of projects and disciplines. In addition to medical and biological research, studies into the social, cultural and human aspects of our lives are crucial for tackling this crisis.
“Innovation investment must rise to match global ambitions.”, President Ursula Von der Leyen
EASSH calls on Member states to maintain the ambition to transform European society by investing no less than 1.11% GDP in Europe. Such investment will support investment of a minimum of €98bn in Research, Innovation and Education, which can be transformative.
EASSH continues to support the focus on a strong and well-resourced Pillar. We support a coherent set of equitably resourced clusters, which retain a central focus on addressing citizens’ concerns. Social sciences and humanities are scholarly fields on a par with medicine or engineering, for example. The contributions made by researchers in SSH must be assessed by suitably qualified experts.
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.