Horizon 2020 is the EU Research and Innovation programme implementing the Innovation Union, a Europe 2020 flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe’s global competitiveness. Horizon 2020 is also the biggest programme ever launched by the European Commission, with nearly €80 billion of funding available over the period 2014-2020. Horizon 2020 is also remarkable for the multidimension approach to innovation: Horizon considered Technological Innovation and research as well as Social Sciences.
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The Structure of Horizon 2020.
Horizon is structured into three pillars with a clear target: I Excellent Science, II Industrial Leadership, III Societal Challenges, targeted to Academia and researchers, Industry and entrepreneurs, Societies and citiziens. In addition to main pilar, Horizon 2020 foresees two cross-cutting thematic work programmes and three other specific funds.
The ‘Sixth challenge’.
The pillar III Societal Challenges (29,7 B€ available in 2014-2020) is the more interesting for Social Innovators; It addresses 7 main concerns of citizens across Europe (Health, Food, security and more). Among those, the Sixth Challenge “Europe in a changing world: inclusive, innovative and reflective societies” is totally dedicated to SI.
The Sixth challenge has three aims very closed to social innovators themes of action and research:
- to gain a greater understanding of the societal changes in Europe and of their impact on social cohesion.
- to foster the development of innovative societies and policies in Europe through the engagement of citizens, civil society organisations, enterprises and users in research and innovation and the promotion of coordinated research and innovation policies
- to contribute to an understanding of Europe’s intellectual basis, its history and the many European and non-European influences, as an inspiration for our lives today
To these three objectives are linked 5 calls for proposal (YOUNG, EURO, INT, INSO, REFLECTIVE) and 44 topics covering a lot of hot themes, like as the ‘opens’ (open innovation, open science, one government, open data) and the citizen engagement. The ‘Sixth challenge’ made available a total of € 1,3 billions for the years 2014-2015. Later this year the work programme 2015-2016 will be published and we will know what more opportunities will be for social innovators.
The ‘Sixth Challenge’ does not run out the matter of Social Innovation entirely. Other parts of the Horizon 2020 program contain great opportunities for Social Innovation projects (like as the crosscutting work program ‘Science for Society’).
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