Socio-Economic Sciences & Humanities
A dedicated stream of over 1.7 billion euro funding for Socio-Economic Sciences and the Humanities (SSH) is included in the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), in addition to the many cross-cutting opportunities for Social Science and Humanities researchers in other research areas of FP7 such as Health, ICT, and the Marie Curie programme.
This SSH research work programme focuses on the non-technological challenges Europe is facing, such as economic competitiveness, social cohesion, the role of Europe in the world and the citizenship in Europe.
The aim of the SSH work programme is to gain a better understanding of the complex challenges facing Europe as well as to provide for more informed European policy decisions, through an annual call of specificied (top-down) research topics. Collaborative applications from international networks of usually a minimum of three partner countries, are invited under these specified research topics.
The annual SSH work programme with calls for applications is published in July with call deadlines in the following December/ January, or early February.
The FP7 established European Research Council (ERC), which funds cutting-edge frontier research, has committed 15% of its budget to the Humanities and Social Sciences.
The ERC initiative will fund world class researchers in two annual schemes at the advanced and starting level researchers. These awards of up to 3.5m euro will signify outstanding world class research ability and will be a highly coveted prize for the individual researchers and their host institutions. Click here for more details on the ERC