Consultation SSH Funding Agencies

From April 15th to July 8th we were circulating this specific request for consultation to European funding bodies active in SSH.

Consultation on the state of the Socio-Economic Sciences and Humanities (SSH) in Europe

Your statements will be archived in anonymised format (unless explicitly stated otherwise) in a database at the MykolasRomerisUniversity, Vilnius. A report will be published on the conference website ( ) and made widely available to the conference participants.

Please indicate your position/standpoint: e.g. representative of funding organisation, department, etc. and your fields of expertise, as well as the country your institution is based!

  1. What are the broad research questions, new methodological or theoretical developments, or generally new approaches that are high on research agendas? Where do you see potential contributions to societal relevance?
  2. What are the potential contributions that SSH may provide to the “societal challenges”, broadly defined by “Horizon 2020”? Please specify the “societal challenge/s” to which SSH contributions are most likely, and suggest successful steps in this direction, if possible.
  3. Do you foresee (or have you experienced) obstacles that may prevent the SSH community from making contributions to the “societal challenges” approach? Please provide specific indications.
  4. In order to foster a more integrative approach that would benefit all research communities, what would you consider the most important incentives for successful contribution of SSH that “Horizon 2020” could provide?
  5. Can you give examples from your agency’s experience of how SSH research areas can be involved in (a) opening up to each other, (b) opening up to the sciences, (c) translating findings and/or methods to or from the sciences, (d) contributing to the emergence of new, cross-disciplinary fields, and/or (e) transcending, with its results and insights, the fields of academic research?
  6. Given your experience, which funding mechanisms have proven to be particularly successful in strengthening SSH? (on a national/European/international level)
  7. Who would be key players from outside Europe to be involved in order to identify best practice in research funding and foster research cooperation? (individuals and/or institutions)
  8. What would be the single most important measure that should be implemented at an EU level to foster SSH research?
  9. What would be your suggestion how best to support the further integration of the new Member States into EU-funded SSH research?

Should you have any additional comments, please feel free to share them with us.

Many thanks for your support!

The steering committee,

Helga Nowotny (chair), Rūta Petrauskaitė (Vice Chair), Giedrius Viliūnas (Vice Chair),

Jutta Allmendinger, Paul Boyle, Craig Calhoun, Gustavo Cardoso, Rivka Feldhay, Poul  Holm, Pavel Kabat, Alain Peyraube, Aura Reggiani, Peter Tindemans, Wim van den Doel, Michel Wieviorka, Björn Wittrock

If you want to receive updates on the consultation and conference, please indicate if we may include your email address in the conference mailing list.

Below you find links to 15 statements or response sets by European Institutions active in SSH funding that were among the respondents: