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Arts Humanities and Social Sciences Research


Horizon 2020's Excellent Science pillar has four key aspects, the first two of which are especially relevant to arts, humanities and social science researchers:

1. The European Research Council (ERC) will provide attractive and flexible funding to enable talented and creative individual researchers and their teams to pursue the most promising avenues at the frontier of science, on the basis of Union-wide competition:

For more information, please see the Cambridge AHSS webpages on ERC grants

2. Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCAs) provide excellent and innovative research training as well as attractive career and knowledge-exchange opportunities through cross-border and cross-sector mobility of researchers to best prepare them to face current and future societal challenges: 

For further information, please see the Cambridge AHSS webpages on the MSCAs.

Researchers from the AHSS tend to engage less with the following two strands of the Excellent Science pillar; however, across the whole of Horizon 2020 there are opportunities for AHSS involvement:

3. Future and emerging technologies will support collaborative research in order to extend Europe’s capacity for advanced and paradigm-changing innovation. They will foster scientific collaboration across disciplines on radically new, high-risk ideas and accelerate development of the most promising emerging areas of science and technology as well as the Union-wide structuring of the corresponding scientific communities:  

4. Research infrastructure (including e-infrastructures) will develop European research infrastructure for 2020 and beyond, foster their innovation potential and human capital, and complement this with the related Union policy and international cooperation: