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Horizon 2020 Overview

Horizon 2020 - Updated 2018-2020 Work Programme 

August 2018 UPDATE: Societal Challenge 6 - Funding Topics available in 2019 confirmed and a budget increase of €16 million announced.  6 new topics on 'Transformations' and 'Governance' announced. Please see the linked document for more information. 

Information about how Arts, Humanities and Social Science researchers can engage with funding opportunities presented under the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, Horizon 2020, is available here: (raven access only)

For further information on applying to Horizon 2020 schemes, please visit the Research Operations Office EC webpages:

Horizon 2020's Three Pillars and Cross-Cutting Themes:

 Overall, Horizon 2020 presents three broad areas of potential interest to ahss scholars, as follows:

1. The Excellent Science page contains the Work Programme for the European Research Council (ERC) frontier research grants scheme and the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions. For these popular schemes, please see the EC's Participant Portal and the ERC and MSCA webpages.

2. The Societal Challenges page contains links to all challenges, and their calls and sub-topics. Links can be found to the relevant parts of the main Work Programme for 2019-2020. Projects typically require at least three international partner organisations. The most relevant section of the Work Programme to the arts, humanities and social sciences is Societal Challenge 6. Europe in a changing world – inclusive, innovative and reflective Societies.

There are also plenty of other relevant calls and topics in the other Societal Challenges and it is possible to search across these in the EC's Participant Portal using key words:

3. The Cross-Cutting Themes page contains links to official information for more general areas the Commission wishes to promote. Of particular relevance here for the arts, humanities and social sciences is the Science with and for Society theme.