Position Papers

All FP9 Global Challenges must be more equally resourced

EASSH calls for equity in investment in research and innovation across all the challenges of the 9th Framework Programme and for the ‘cluster’ on human-social dimensions to be recognised as of equal importance to the investments in technological solutions. In this paper, we suggest that the real driver of research costs is scientific methods, which are no longer specific to a given set of disciplines and scientific enquiries. See EASSH analysis.

People's Union

Together, Civil Society Europe (CSE) and the European Alliance for Social Sciences and Humanities (EASSH) call for an ambitious investment in FP9 for a grand challenge to achieve a People’s Union, covering research addressing EU citizens' main concerns.
The paper focus on three main points:

  • The need for a cluster with attention to People's Union
  • Few examples of areas of interests in the cluster: Democracy, Inequalities, Culture and Art, and Education
  • The importance to finance this cluster with a comparable budget to all the other clusters. This research not only is relevant to EU citizens but also addresses two of the Programme's priorities: gender balance and wider inclusion of Eastern European scholars

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EASSH responds to the Consultation on EU funds in the area of investment, research & innovation, SMEs and single market.

Focusing on the EU for Research and Innovation, EASSH supports the Lamy's report claim to double FP9 budget. Research today is 'an essential good and deliver tangible results for EU citizens'. For advanced economies like Europe, investing in research is crucial.

See our paper  

FP9 ‘s ambitious aims for societal impact call for a step change in interdisciplinarity and citizen engagement.

EASSH greatly welcomes these ideas and trends: the European SSH community, represented by the Alliance, has been a strong champion of “real” interdisciplinarity and of concrete and innovative approaches to citizen engagement at various critical stages in the programme and project cycles. However, for FP9 to be fullfil its ambitions EASSH members would like to make recommendations in three main areas: radical reform of instruments to support research; programme evaluation and key performance indicators; and dedicated evaluations of interdisciplinary proposals. Read our paper

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