Designing Horizon 2020 – The case of the Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities Monique Septon, Fund for Scientific Research-FNRS Horisondil on Horisont, Tallinn, Feb. 26, 2013 Horizon 2020 & SSH Introduction Horizon 2020 – The Belgian experience Horizon 2020 – The SSH experience What’s next? The Fund for Scientific ResearchFNRS Research Funding Agency (b.1928) Private foundation of public interest Scientific Excellence Individu als Projects Equipment Bottom Up Mobility DEVELOP BASIC RESEARCH International Department Horizon 2020 & SSH Introduction Horizon 2020 – The Belgian experience Horizon 2020 – The SSH experience What’s next? Horizon 2020 - Negociations Horizon 2020 - Negociations H2020 – Objectives and Structure Challenge 6 - Europe in a Changing World – Inclusive, innovative, reflective societies Challenge 7 Secure societies Horizon 2020 & SSH Introduction Horizon 2020 – The Belgian experience Horizon 2020 – The SSH experience What’s next? H2020 – A Belgian experience…. 1/3 Once upon a time (July ‘10)... COUNCIL Belgian Presidency of the Council of the EU – Workshop on simplification with MEPs, LERU… Led to a WG on simplification by the Belgian Permanent Representation: reps from Ministries, universities, enterprises… FWB universities and BE position papers on Simplification Meanwhile, back at the ranch... Council - Informal Ministerial Group on Simplification Born Belgian Presidency. RIP Danish Presidency Two reports – Few meetings, lots of exchange of information Members: FR, SW, BE (eg FNRS), HUN, PL+DK, SP H2020 – A Belgian experience…. 2/3 Commission: Green Paper: Common Strategic Framework consultation Feb’11– 775 PP, 1300 responses to online questionnaire, included Belgian universities Commission Proposal on H2020, Nov. ‘11 Creation of a WG H2020 by Belgian Perm Rep – Universities PP and Belgium PP H2020 – A Belgian experience…. 3/3 EP : Participation to debates – M. Graça de Carvalho Bilateral discussions with BE MEPS Council : ongoing help requested by RP in various fields : EIT, full costing, Societal challenges). Unified front? Belgian Interuniversity WG Horizon 2020, 28 Feb ‘13 Rules for Participation: Funding costs testing – Paper, European Institute of Innovation and Technology The FNRS…et al Science Europe – Major player ETAG and FNRS among founding members 51 members, 26 countries, 30b€/yr Develop coherent and inclusive European Research Area Iglo Group (« ask Kristi ») Net4Society, almost 50 countries, e.g. Estonia (Archimedes) Horizon 2020 & SSH Introduction Horizon 2020 – The Belgian experience Horizon 2020 – The SSH experience What’s next? Lobbying activities (2011-ongoing?) Common Strategic Framework: lobby for strong integration of SSH in future FP (no name at the time) Presentation of Net4Soc PP at EP Participation to preparatory workshops on SSH/H2020 Letter to COM official on separation of SSH and security challenges in H2020 Open letter to MGQ with other orgs on independent challenge Found an umbrella organisation for European SSH stakeholders: European Alliance on Social Sciences and Humanities (EASSH) Presentation to MGQ of open letter and Vienna Declaration WRITING 1 – Newsletter The voice of SSH in Europe 2 - Success Stories of SSH Impact SSH results shape policy and legislative actions Impact of SSH difficult to measure, low visibility Publication of success stories with impact on research and policy, society, economy WORKSHOP Workshop – Learning by doing (Jan ‘13) – Make interdisclinarity work (ID) Special focus on SSH Speakers: FP6-7 funded projects (cooperation programme) Audience of EU officials (relay), research managers, scientists Aim: identify successful paths for making multi- and interdisciplinarity effective Recommendations: Advancing ID research is a process and a new mindset must be cultivated Will lead to policy briefing, serve as basis for Pillar 3 Intro : Disciplines are social constructs but… (see EPSRC) Idea behind funding the presented projects: use available results of previous projects and integrate disciplines (cohorts, data, analysis of a specific region, specific challenge…) Some projects managed to create a roadmap on future research (eg ageing), draw scenarios on global changes, combine different disciplines But other projects had difficulties in cooperation, leader, some disciplines represented, little flexibility, lack of time… Conclusion: ID/SSHmarginally present so far (COM) The Sixth Challenge, the Seventh cloud, the eigth wonder… From « Inclusive, Innovative and Secure Societies” to “Europe in a Changing World (inclusive, innovative and reflective societies)” and “Secure societies” Variations in text from COM proposal to EP to Council – Budget allocation needs to take into account the new structure EP amendments to take out components from Challenge 6 (e.g. Cohesion) and put them elsewhere Vienna Declaration on Social Innovation (Sept 11): 14 research topics prioritised Europe 2020 – Designing research for European societies in a changing world (18 Sept 12), EP/BMBF Bringing forward interdisciplinary research in general but also within the particular SSH Ch Ehler (EP, Rapporteur RfP H2020) : excellence, increase of COM proposal budget RJ Smits (Dir Gnl, DG RTDI): SSH= major role change of mind set, examples, make ID work Science Europe & SSH Position Statement Jan ‘13 Embedding Social Sciences and Humanities in H2020 Societal Challenges “SSH will play an important role” (MGQ, RJ Smits) but clear strategy needed Recommendations - SSH research and researchers should be properly embedded in the decision making about how the societal challenges are developed and implemented - A number of ‘SSH cross-cutting themes’ should be embedded in all societal challenges - The budget frame for vital research on social, cultural and economic questions must be set appropriately - Non-academic partners should be broadly defined in H2020 Horizon 2020 & SSH Introduction Horizon 2020 – The Belgian experience Horizon 2020 – The SSH experience What’s next?