Horizon 2020 (H2020) brought a new approach to funding opportunities for researchers in the Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH). Whereas in the 7th Framework Programme (FP7) the SSH had their own dedicated programme and budget line, SSH research is now fully integrated into each of the priorities of H2020. This strategy is based on the premise that the SSH are essential if H2020 projects are to be a true benefit for society.
A monitoring report from the EC, which analysed all the 2014 calls for proposals, concluded that the integration of SSH in all parts of H2020 had been only partially successful and that there was still room for improvement. Nowhere near all projects funded under the SSH-flagged topics have SSH partners. This may point to insufficient guidance to evaluators during the evaluation process. To address this, the EC is focussing on improving the quality of the evaluation process and the topic descriptions for the upcoming calls for proposals.
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