July 2014 | 03

The first calls for proposals under Horizon 2020 were launched on 11 December 2013. Please note that only one 2014 call of the Societal Challenge 6 work programme is still open, with deadline on 30 September 2014. Information about the topic can be found here: REFLECTIVE-7-2014: Advanced 3D modelling for accessing and understanding European cultural assets. Your NET4SOCIETY team will soon provide information about the 2015 calls.

Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) research is embedded in all the three pillars of Horizon 2020, but is more evident in Societal Challenge 6 – Europe in a changing world: inclusive, innovative and reflective societies. The NET4SOCIETY team analyses and publishes information about cross-cutting opportunities for SSH researchers in other parts of Horizon 2020. Information about all Horizon 2020 open calls for proposals can be found here.

To find and to be found, is the motto of the NET4SOCIETY Research Directory. Everyone involved in research and innovation within Societal Challenge 6 – Europe in a changing world: inclusive, innovative and reflective societies are invited to register their organisation in the Research Directory.

Do you need partners for your EU Research Project within the Societal Challenge 6 – Europe in a changing world: inclusive, innovative and reflective societies under a specific topic? The NET4SOCIETY partner search service is open for everyone interested in finding a partner for the 2014 topics. Topics with deadline in 2015 are at the moment still indicative but will be added to the partner search service as soon as they are confirmed. 

The EC’s strategy in research is to involve all the EU Member States and FP Associated Countries in joint innovative international research cooperation. However, the relatively lower performance of the new EU Member States (EU-13) was highlighted as a critical point in the interim evaluation report of FP7. In this context, NET4SOCIETY has published the report “Analysis of participation of new EU Member States (“EU-13”) in FP7 in the area of Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities (SSH)”.  The report provides recommendations for national policy makers and National Contact Points on how to improve the participation of the new EU member states in the area of SSH in Horizon 2020.

Interested in knowing more? The full text of the report is available here.

This time, NET4SOCIETY would like to highlight two projects, funded by the FP7 SSH programme, as success stories. The first one, Finding ways to foster religious freedom has received an award as an outstanding project and the second one, Enhancing EU-African cooperation is a great example of a social innovation project.

Finding ways to foster religious freedom (RELIGARE)

Europe’s religious mix is part of its rich history and culture, but even today there continues to be tensions about the rights and responsibilities of faith-based communities. Laws and traditions vary across Europe, and there are no easy answers to some disputes. The EU funded research project, RELIGARE, is about religions, belonging, beliefs and secularism in Europe. It examines the legal rules protecting or limiting (constraining) the experiences of religious or other belief-based communities. Where the practices of communities or individuals do not conform to State law requirements, or where communities turn to their own legal regimes or tribunals, the reasons behind these developments need to be understood. The project has formulated recommendations on how to reduce potential discrimination against religious minorities.

Enhancing EU-African cooperation  (CAAST-Net)

The CAAST-Net project contributed importantly to the creation of the environment for the development of science and technology cooperation between Europe and Africa, while coordinating efforts to help these partnerships flourish within the framework of the dedicated Joint Africa-EU Strategy.



NET4SOCIETY organised an international conference and brokerage event for the Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) research community in Athens, Greece, 26-27 February 2014. Presentations and videos from the conference are available at the event website

Do you want to expand your research connections and widen your cooperation possibilities? We have collected interesting, international, upcoming events within the field of Socio-Economic Sciences & Humanities. More events on the NET4SOCIETY events page.

International Conference on Knowledge, Innovation and Enterprise
22-25 July 2014 in Riga, Latvia

The conference is designed to be a major forum for the exchange of multidisciplinary and inter-organisational aspects of knowledge, innovation and enterprise management. Covering a variety of topics including technology and entrepreneurship, the event will provide participants with collaboration and networking opportunities. Event information here.


First International Symposium on Service Systems for Social Innovation
7-10 September 2014 in Warsaw, Poland

The term social innovation spans several concepts, processes and disciplines that generate tools aimed at addressing social challenges and boosting economic growth. With a focus on the changing needs of consumers in the digital age, the event features three broad themes including social innovation, services for society as well as service systems and applications. Event information here.


Engendering Cities. Designing Sustainable and Inclusive Urban Environments
25-26 September 2014 in Rome, Italy

The conference aims at developing a better understanding of the interactions between gender aspects and urban environments. An objective of the event is to assess the current state-of-play and to identify important future research topics that will feed into the design of a research agenda in this area. Event information here.


World Social Science Forum 2015: Transforming Global Relations for a Just World
13-16 September 2015 in Durban, South Africa

The WSSF is a global event of the International Social Science Council (ISSC) that brings together researchers and stakeholders in international social science co-operation to address current topical global issues and future priorities for international social science. The theme addresses a broad range of topics, e.g.: global inequalities as it relates to governance, patterns of production and consumption, cultural exchanges, quality health and education, climate change and adaptation and human rights and social justice. The action oriented nature of the theme will allow the Forum to demonstrate the relevance of social science for public policies and social intervention. Event information here.