CESAER joins call to EC for more SSH research opportunities in FP9
CESAER, (Conference of European Schools for Advanced Engineering Education and Research) has issued a side letter supporting the call by 11 European universities to the EU to create more research opportunities for the Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) in the next Framework Programme (FP9), and to reinforce existing mechanisms that enable SSH disciplines to fully participate in Horizon 2020. The call was launched on 5 February 2018.
The call underlines that we cannot adequately address European and global challenges without strong SSH research, which helps us understand and cope with change, as well as the non-technical and exact aspects of disruption. The statement also notes Europe’s pre-eminence in SSH disciplines worldwide, arguing that Europe needs to invest in the strength of its research base. The statement therefore stresses the need to to combine a dedicated approach with an embedded approach to SSH, which means strengthening SSH-led interdisciplinary research, as well as encouraging high-quality contributions from SSH to STEMM-led Societal Challenges and/or missions. Amongst others, the statement calls for a target budget for SSH spending of 10% of the overall civil research budget for FP9.
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