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.