Today the ALLEA working group SSH has published a roadmap by which to ensure the value and contribution of the social sciences and humanities to Horizon 2020, the EU's 7-year research programme from 2014-2020, are fully realised. (Click here to open the roadmap).
The working group is chaired by the British Academy (Professor John Bell) which strongly engages in the strengthening of the social sciences and humanities on the national and on the European level. The roadmap was developed out of a meeting of the working group on 6 February 2013, hosted by the British Academy in London. Further topics addressed in the meeting included an ALLEA strategy for engaging with the European Institutions and national governments on Horizon 2020's design, budget and implementation.
The presented roadmap comprises contributions from the British Academy, the National Academy of Lincei (Italy), the Council of Finnish Academies, the Polish Academy of Sciences, the Romanian Academy, the Royal Irish Academy, the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities as well as from the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences. Through a number of concrete recommendations, it sets out the key value of the social sciences and humanities in the realisation of Horizon 2020.
The roadmap has been endorsed by the ALLEA Board and Presidency and will be the basis for further discussions with representatives from the European Commission Directorate General for Research and Innovation on the inclusion of the social sciences and humanities in Horizon 2020.