Upcoming events

Showcasing event – Interdisciplinary Partnerships in Horizon 2020 Societal Challenges

Date: Postponed until autumn 2020

ESRC and AHRC, through the National Contact Point for Embedding SSH, together with the University of Manchester, present a unique event showcasing the best of UK-EU SSH partnerships across Horizon 2020 (H2020).

Social science, arts and humanities researchers lead and make key contributions to many collaborative H2020 projects outside of Societal Challenge 6. This event aims to showcase some of the partnerships built, maintained and expanded across disciplines and across countries through H2020 funding, and to consider barriers and benefits of interdisciplinary working, including the increased scope for impact.

A diverse set of case studies will present their perspectives on interdisciplinary partnerships within different Societal Challenges. A roundtable session including representatives from UKRI, Net4Society and the European Commission will discuss some key questions and challenges of interdisciplinary partnerships.

  • Registration will re-open in due course.
  • Draft Showcasing Event Agenda - March 2020

Past events

Webinar – Societal challenges: Consortia building in the final year of H2020

UK scientists, researchers and businesses can continue to participate in, bid for and lead projects in Horizon 2020, as if the UK remained a Member State, even after the UK exits the EU on 31st January 2020, and after the end of the transition period at end-2020. The UK remains the second highest recipient of Horizon 2020 funding for science and innovation and UK organisations are encouraged to continue to bid into calls for grants until the end of the Horizon 2020 programme.

In this webinar, the SC6 NCP signposted to existing materials aiming to highlight and discuss the UK’s continued participation in the final year of H2020 and hosted an interactive discussion on consortia building between webinar participants to share their experiences. 

Work programme information events

Each year, following the release of the updated Societal Challenge 6 (SC6) work programme, the SC6 National Contact Point (NCP) hosts information events discussing the upcoming opportunities available.

These information events usually centre around the “Societal Challenge 6: Europe in a changing world - Inclusive, innovative and reflective societies” work programme, but also contain discussion of the wider opportunities available for social sciences, arts and humanities researchers across Horizon 2020.

Typically the updated work programme is released in summer and the information events are held in winter of the same year. SC6 topics (funding opportunities) usually open in November of the year the work programme update is published, and close in March of the following year.

2020 topics

An in-person information day focussed on the upcoming 2020 Societal Challenge 6 topics was held in December 2019, hosted by King’s College London. This included presentations from successful H2020 grant holders, an H2020 evaluator and the opportunity for Q&A with the Legal and Financial NCP as well as a presentation on EU Exit.

A webinar held in October 2019 summarised the upcoming 2020 Societal Challenge 6 topics, opportunities for SSH researchers outside of Societal Challenge 6, information on the UK government’s H2020 underwrite and included a presentation from a previous H2020 evaluator about their experiences and recommendations for applicants.

2019 topics

Previous events around 2019 topics were held in January 2019. You can find the presentation slides and webinar videos below. Please note, that some content may be out of date – if you wish to clarify any details please contact Challenge6NCP@esrc.ukri.org.