FUNDING RESEARCH AND INNOVATION TO TACKLE GLOBAL SOCIETAL CONCERNS FUNDING RESEARCH AND INNOVATION TO TACKLE GLOBAL SOCIETAL CONCERNS

The Societal Challenges pillar of Horizon 2020 reflects the policy priorities of the Europe 2020 strategy and addresses major concerns shared by people across Europe and beyond.

This challenge-based approach brings together resources and knowledge across different fields, technologies and disciplines, including social sciences and the humanities.

The Societal Challenges pillar:

  • Covers activities from research to market with a new focus on innovation-related activities, such as pilots, demonstrations and test beds;
  • Includes support for public procurement and market uptake;
  • Helps to establish links with the activities of the European Innovation Partnerships (EIP).

Societal Challenges funding will be focused on the following calls:

  • Health, demographic change and well-being;
  • Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research, and the bioeconomy;
  • Secure, clean and efficient energy;
  • Smart, green and integrated transport;
  • Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials;
  • Europe in a changing world: inclusive, innovative and reflective societies;
  • Secure societies - protecting the freedom and security of Europe and its citizens.