FP7 Specific Programme ' Cooperation' - Research Theme: 'Socio-economic sciences and humanities'
Programme (Collaboration EU R&D): FP7-SSH
Description Acronym: FP7-SSH
Programme Type: 7th FWP (Seventh Framework Programme)
Short Title: Research Theme: 'Socio-economic sciences and humanities'
Title: FP7 Specific Programme ' Cooperation' - Research Theme: 'Socio-economic sciences and humanities'
Subject Index Codes: Policies; Social Aspects; Coordination, Cooperation; Scientific Research
Objectives: In this theme determined for European Community action, the overarching aim is to provide support for:
- research activities carried out in different forms of trans-national cooperation across the European Union and beyond, in the field of socio-economic sciences and humanities;
- generating an in-depth, shared understanding of complex and interrelated socio-economic challenges Europe is confronted with, such as growth, employment and competitiveness, social cohesion, intercultural understanding, social, cultural and educational challenges in an enlarged EU, and sustainability, , demographic change, migration and integration, quality of life and global interdependence;
- the development of an improved knowledge base for policies in all fields concerned.
Subdivisions of Programme: The following information was based on the official information available at the time of writing. Priorities and activities may change.
For the very latest information please consult the work programmes available with the appropriate call at:
The activities to be supported under the 'Socio-economic sciences and the humanities' are expected to contribute significantly to improving the formulation, implementation and assessment of policy, the definition of regulatory measures and the creation of the area of freedom, security and justice. In addition, opportunities will be provided to address emerging socio-economic challenges and undertake research on new or unforeseen policy needs.
- Growth, employment and competitiveness in a knowledge society
The objective is to develop and integrate research on the issues affecting growth, socio-economic stability, employment and competitiveness, and to provide an improved understanding of these issues, essential for the transition towards a knowledge society. Research will cover:
- the changing role of knowledge throughout economy;
- economic structures, structural changes including spatial aspects such as regionalisation and internalisation, and productivity issues;
- institutional and policy questions on social and welfare systems, youth policy, adaptation of labour markets policies, policy coherence and coordination.
Important new challenges and opportunities, from increased globalisation, emerging economies, relocation and European Union enlargement, the role of technology and transfer of technology, the economic potential of European cultural heritage and the creative sector, will be addressed. Employment questions will include unemployment and underemployment.
- Combining economic, social and environmental objectives in a European perspective
The objective is to address two key and highly interrelated issues:
- continuing evolution of European socio-economic models and those outside Europe, the conditions under which this occurred and their ability to confront new challenges;
- economic and social cohesion in an enlarged EU, as well as its relation to social problems such as poverty, housing, crime, delinquency and drugs.
In addressing these issues, consideration will be given to the interaction between environment, energy and society, sustainable urban planning, the role of cities and metropolitan regions, and the socio-ecomonic impact of European policies and legislation.
- Major trends in society and their implications
Empirical and theoretical research will address initially three trends that have major consequences for European citizens, their quality of life and for policies:
- demographic change including ageing and fertility, and its effects on pension systems, as well as the challenges migration and integration;
- changes in lifestyles, families, work, consumption, in addition to reconciling professional and family life;
-cultural interactions in an international perspective, including traditions from different societies, diversity of populations and multicultural issues, differing languages and religious practices, issues related to protection of fundamental rights and the fight against discrimination of any kind.
In addition, changes in criminality and crime perception will be examined, as will changes in corporate social responsibility.
- Europe in the world
The aim is to understand changing interactions and interdependencies between world regions, including emerging and developing regions, and their implications. Research will involve two related tracks:
- flows of finance and investment, uneven development and poverty, global governance and international institutions;
- causes and resolution of conflicts, and fostering peace, the relation between security and destabilising factors such as poverty and resource scarcity, financial instability and debt;
Europe's role in the world, the development of multilateralism and international law, the promotion of democracy and fundamental rights will be addressed.
- The citizen in the European Union
In the context of the future development of the EU, the aim is to improve understanding of the issues involved in achieving a sense of democratic 'ownership' and active participation by citizens of Europe, as well as effective and democratic governance at all levels. Research will address a shared understanding and respect for Europe's diversities and commonalities in terms of culture, religion, institutions and legal system, history, languages and values, as building elements of European multi-cultural identity and heritage.
- Socio-economic and scientific indicators
With a view to improve the use of indicators in policy, the aim is to develop a more profound understanding of their use in policy development and implementation, to propose improvements of existing indicators and the development of new ones for the evaluation of research programmes, including indicators based on official statistics.
The aim is to provide national, regional and Community policy-makers with foresight knowledge on major science, technology and related socio-economic issues, for the early identification of long-term challenges and areas of common interest. Four types of activities will be covered, relating to:
- future demographic trends, and globalisation of the production and dissemination of knowledge;
- emerging research domains, the future developments in and across major research domains and scientific disciplines;
- research systems and policies in Europe and elsewhere, and the future of key actors involved;
- mutual learning and cooperation between national and regional foresight initiatives.
Under the 'Socio-economic sciences and the humanities' theme the 'Collaborative projects' funding scheme allows for different types of projects to be financed:
- small and medium scale projects, targeted to specific objectives;
- large-scale integrating projects, tackling multiple issues and directed to achieve specific deliverables.
In addition, the funding scheme 'Research for the benefit of specific groups' will be dedicated to activities of civil society organisations (CSO). It will support research and technological development projects, where the bulk of the research is carried out by 'Research and technology development' (RTD) performers and aims to develop scientific knowledge that will contribute to public debate. CSOs are considered to include any legal, non-governmental entity that is not representing commercial interests and pursuing a common purpose in the public interest.
Finally, 'Coordination and support actions' (CSAs) will be used to coordinate and to support research activities and policies.
Besides grants subject to calls for proposals, other indirect actions may be carried out and include public procurement, and expert groups.
Given the strong international dimension of research, the 'Socio-economics sciences and the humanities' theme favours the participation of researchers and research institutions from third countries in proposals that are submitted. In addition, support is possible for activities aiming to develop partnerships between communities of scholars in relation to common challenges and opportunities, taking into account the broader strategic cooperation frameworks of the European Union.
- Coordination of non-community research programmes
In the domain of social sciences and humanities, the ERA-NET scheme may be used to develop and strengthen the coordination of national and regional research activities by:
- providing a framework of actors implementing public research programmes. It will include support for new European Research Area Networks (ERA-NETs), as well as for broadening and deepening the scope of existing.
- providing additional financial support to those participants that create a common fund for the purpose of joint calls for proposals between their respective national and regional programmes.
- providing and disseminating information.
Dissemination actions will be undertaken systematically by research teams running projects and the European Commission, using the latest available technologies. Particular attention will be paid to actions that will synthesise and disseminate knowledge coming from projects to a variety of stakeholders, including policy makers at regional, national and European level.
A network of 'National Contact Points' (NCPs) is instrumental for providing access to FP7 calls, and to lower the entry barrier for newcomers and raise the average quality of submitted proposals.
Remarks: Please visit the CORDIS site to check the latest calls for proposals and the official work programme under the FP7 'SIS' research theme http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/dc/index.cfm
There is a high European added value in collaborative research addressing European socio-economic issues. The diversity of different approaches practices within the European Union in the economic, social, political and cultural domains provides a highly fertile ground for research in the relevant areas. Importantly, the issues and challenges concerned are of high priority at the European level and are addressed by European Community policies. While comparative research across the EU offers particularly interesting insights and important learning opportunities across countries and regions, EU-level research has particular advantages in being able to develop Europe-wide data collection and to employ the multiple perspectives needed to understand complex issues.
Research in this area will contribute to the development of a European socio-economic knowledge base on these key challenges and will thus make an essential contribution to promoting their shared understanding across the European Union and on the part of the European citizens.
The activities to be supported are expected to contribute significantly to improving the formulation, implementation, impacts and assessments of policy and the definition of regulatory measures in a wide range of Community policy areas, at European, national, regional and local levels. The research priorities address emerging social, economic and cultural challenges that Europe faces in education and training, gender equality, international trade and external relations, justice and home affairs, scientific and technological spheres, official statistics policies, and the creation of an area of freedom, security and justice. Support can also be provided to undertake research responding on new or unforeseen policy needs.
The research will be facilitated by research infrastructures which generate research data, including quantitative and qualitative surveys, make available existing data for international comparative research, and provide access to source materials and advanced research tools.
All research activities carried out within this framework should respect fundamental ethical principles, including those which are reflected in the 'Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union'.
Please visit the CORDIS site to check the latest calls for proposals and the official work programme under the FP7 'SSH' research theme http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/dc/index.cfm
Please visit the CORDIS site (http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/find-doc_en.html) to download the following legal documents:
- DECISION No 1982/2006/EC of the European Parliament and the Council of 18 December 2006 concerning the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Community for research, technological development and demonstration activities (2007-2013).
- COUNCIL DECISION of 19 December 2006 concerning the Specific Programme 'Cooperation' implementing the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Community for research, technological development and demonstration activities (2007 to 2013)
Number of Projects: 206 projects described in the CORDIS Projects database
Start Date: 2007-01-01
End Date: 2013-12-31
Duration: 84 months
Programme Status: Execution
Programme Funding: 0 million ECU
Contract Types: Large-scale integrating project; Small or medium-scale focused research project; Collaborative project for specific cooperation actions dedicated to international cooperation partner countries (SICA); Coordination (or networking) actions; Support actions; ERA-NET Plus; Research for Civil Society Organisations (CSOs); Large-scale integrating project for specific cooperation actions dedicated to international cooperation partner countries(SICA); Small/medium-scale focused research project for specific cooperation actions dedicated to international cooperation partner countries(SICA)
Commission Service: Research DG
Name: RAMMEL, Stephanie (Ms.)
Commission Service:FFG-Austrian Research Promotion Agency
Name: LAUNONEN, Riitta (Ms)
Commission Service:Academy of Finland
Name: KRÓTKI, Malgorzata (Ms.)
Commission Service:The Institute of Fundamental Technological Research PAS
Name: MOERENHOUT, Ann
Commission Service:Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek - Vlaanderen
Name: LEGER, Sabine (Ms.)
Commission Service:BEA (Brussels Enterprise Agency)
Name: SEPTON, Monique
Commission Service:FNRS (Fonds National de la Recherche Scientifique)
Name: VAN DINTER, Pascale (Ms.)
Commission Service:SIST - Service d'Information scientifique et technique
Name: VALLE GARCIA, Miguel (Mr.)
Commission Service:CDTI - Centro para el Desarrollo Tecnológico Industrial
Name: O'BRIEN, Maria (Ms.)
Commission Service:Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences
Name: SCOTT, Henry (Mr.)
Commission Service:National Documentation Centre/National Hellenic Research Foundation (NHRF)
Name: SAMARA, Maria (Ms)
Commission Service:National Documentation Centre/National Hellenic Research Foundation (NHRF)
Name: LAGATOR, Ivana (Ms.)
Commission Service:Ministry of Science
Name: BREMAUNTZ, Adrián Fernández (Dr.)
Commission Service:Instituto Nacional de Ecología (INE)
Name: FERFERA, Mohammed Yacine (Prof.)
Commission Service:Centre de Recherche en Economie Appliquée pour le développement
Legislative Reference: 1986/2006/EC
Legislative Date: 2006-12-18
Official Journal Reference: L 54/64
Official Journal Date: 2006-12-30
Update Date: 2013-05-16
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