The EC has published its Third Monitoring report on SSH-flagged projects funded in 2016 under the Societal Challenges and Industrial Leadership. The document assesses how the different SSH disciplines have been integrated into the projects funded in 2016 in terms of the numbers of SSH participants, budgets allocated to SSH organisations and the disciplines involved. The Commission's analysis is also looking at the quality of SSH integration with a project-level indicator (share of SSH partners higher than 10% or 20%; the budget going to SSH higher than 10% or 20%; person-months by SSH partners higher than 10% or 20% contributions from the SSH coming from at least two distinct SSH disciplines).
The data in this report were extracted from the grant agreements of the 239 projects selected for funding in 2016 under 84 SSH-flagged topics in the Societal Challenges and Industrial Leadership pillars.
• €181 million out of the €891 million allocated in 2016 to the SSH flagged topics were awarded to SSH partners: €155 million under the Societal Challenges pillar and €26 million under LEIT. Compared with 2015, there is a decrease in absolute terms (€197 million in 2015). In terms of the share of budget going to SSH partners under SSH flagged topics there is a slight decrease (20% in 2016 compared with 22% in 2015). Societal Challenge 6 accounts for €59 million, i.e. 33% of the overall amount of the €179 million awarded to SSH partners;
• In terms of consortia composition, there is a negative trend in 2016: 70 projects out of 239 projects funded under the SSH flagged topics had no SSH partners (29%). In 2015 it was 16%;
• The SSH partners come predominantly from Germany (18%), Italy (14%), the UK (12%), Belgium (11%), and France and Spain (both 8%). Together, these six countries account for 71% of the SSH coordinators;
• The quality of integration continues to differ considerably depending on the Societal Challenge or LEIT part. 2016 was a very good year for Societal Challenge 5, while LEIT ICT, Societal Challenges 2 and 4 also did well. Societal challenges 1, 3 and 7 had a drop from 2015 to 2016;
• Regarding the variety of SSH disciplines in the funded projects, contributions from the fields of economics, business and marketing and political science, public administration and law are well integrated while many other SSH disciplines continue to be underrepresented. This is especially the case for the humanities and the arts.
Two previous reports for 2014 and 2015, are available on the Commission's website.