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Research and innovation

Social sciences and humanities

Why the EU supports social sciences and humanities (SSH) research

The EU stands for a unique way of combining economic growth with high levels of social protection and inclusion, shared values including democracy, human rights, gender equality, and the richness of cultural diversity.

This model is constantly evolving and needs to deal with multidimensional challenges.

Horizon 2020, the EU's research and innovation funding programme 2014-2020, devoted significant resources to fostering a greater understanding of Europe and providing solutions for inclusive, innovative and reflective European societies.

Building on these achievements, research and innovation activities under Horizon Europe, the current research and innovation funding programme will focus on democratic governance, cultural heritage, and social and economic transformations.

The priorities are interconnected and respond to the most pressing social, political, economic and cultural concerns and expectations of European citizens. 

Policy Focus

Funding opportunities

Horizon Europe

Calls for proposal in SSH are mainly in Cluster 2: Culture, Creativity and Inclusive society

Projects and results

Results pack: Challenges to democracy in Europe

Results of projects that help explain the political situation and provide recommendations on how policymakers, citizens and other organisations can better respond to the challenges facing European democracy.

Horizon Results Platform

Platform where framework programme funding recipients present their results to search, contact their owners and form partnerships

Horizon 2020 dashboard

Access to real-time programme data with the ability to filter by country, region, theme and more

Innovation Radar

Commission initiative to identify high potential innovations and innovators in EU-funded research and innovation framework programmes.

Collaboration and jobs

Find project partners

Find partners for open calls for proposal and view profiles of organisations that have previously received funding through the funding and tenders portal

Scientific publications, tools and databases

EU Open Data Portal

Single point of access to open data produced by the EU institutions - all data free to use for commercial and non-commercial purposes


You can access all scientific publications from Horizon 2020 via OpenAIRE