Working Group Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH)

The purpose of the group is to ensure that the interests of the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities within the member academies of ALLEA are appropriately represented in the scope, organisation and funding of the EU research and innovation programme Horizon 2020, which will run from 2014-2020. In achieving that purpose the Group engages in consultation with the Academies and relevant EU institutions.


ALLEA publications

SSH in Horizon 2020:

 Letter of concern to European Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn  by ALLEA and the British Academy

ALLEA letter of concern to Commissioner Márie Geoghegan-Quinn / SSH Petition on Horizon 2020

 General Response from Director-General Robert-Jan Smits (DG RTD) to petitioners

 Letter of response from Director-General Robert-Jan Smits (DG RTD) / SSH Petition on Horizon 2020

ALLEA Submission for Lithuanian Presidency Consultation on Social Sciences and Humanities

ALLEA Roadmap for embedding the Social Sciences and Humanities in Horizon 2020 

ALLEA Position Paper on the EC Green Paper. “Common Strategic Framework for EU Research and Innovation Funding”


Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei
British Academy
Croatian Academy of Arts and Sciences
Council of Finnish Academies
Polish Academy of Sciences
Romanian Academy
Royal Irish Academy
Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts & Sciences
Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History & Antiquities
Swiss Academies of Arts & Sciences
Union of German Academies of Sciences and Humanities (represented by the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities)

Current programme of action

The programme of action for the Group will include:

(1)    To engage with the European Institutions, particularly the European Commission, on the development for Horizon 2020’s Work Programmes;

(2)    To identify and deliver actions to influence the wording of Horizon 2020’s 2015 and 2016-17 Work Programmes, so that they fully take on board the needs of the Humanities and Social Sciences;

(3)    To produce regular updates for member Academies and for the ALLEA Board on progress in achieving the objectives of the Group and also to identify instances in which member Academies may wish to work in their national contexts;

(4)    To consider the position of the Humanities and Social Sciences in Horizon 2020’s successor framework programme, and their position in advising policy in Brussels.

The Group will review its mandate around the time of ALLEA’s 2015 General Assembly.


January 2014
Working Group meeting, Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Berlin
Meeting of Foreign Secretary of British Academy and ALLEA President with EU Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn and Director General Robert-Jan Smits, EU representation, Berlin

March 2013
Working Group meeting with Director-General Robert-Jan Smits (DG RTD), Brussels

February 2013
Working Group meeting, British Academy, London

November 2011
3rd plenary meeting and open inter-agency symposium with the European Commissioner on the role of SSH in Horizon 2020, British Academy, London

 Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science: "The future of Social Sciences and Humanities in Horizon 2020", Speech at the British Academy, London, 10 November 2011
University Worlds News: EUROPE - Social Sciences research role backed

March 2011
2nd meeting, Brussels
(British Academy and Royal Belgian Academies)
Humanities and Social Sciences in Europe Beyond the EU Framework Programme 7
Paper for the Research Commissioner; Social Sciences and Humanities in European Research
Letter from British Academy to Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science


Recommendations of Academies on SSH in Europe after FP7, Duncan Gallie
Addressing Major Societal Challenges through EU Research and Innovation Funding, Robert Burmanjer on behalf of Octavi Quintana
European Research Infrastructures (for SSH) during and after FP7, Hervé Péro

Dezember 2010
1st meeting, Rome (British Academy)
The Humanities and Social Sciences in Framework Programmes 7 and 8
Review, preview and recommendations
 Programme and meeting description
Recommendations; Social Sciences and Humanities in Framework Programmes 7 and 8

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