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Science with and for Society

Full 2018-2020 Work Programme scoping paper can be accessed here. Oxford users can also access the 2018-2020 draft Work Programme via that page.

The aim of the Horizon 2020 Programme for Science with and for Society is  “to build effective co-operation between science and society, to recruit new talent for science and to pair scientific excellence with social awareness and responsibility”. Activities are intended to build capacities and develop innovative ways of connecting science to society; make science more attractive (especially to young people); raise the appetite of society for science and innovation; and open up further research and innovation activities. It allows all societal actors (for example researchers, citizens, policy makers, business and third sector organisations) to work together during the whole research and innovation process to better align both the process and its outcomes with the values, needs and expectations of European society. This approach to research and innovation is termed Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI).

In practice, RRI consists of designing and implementing R&I policy that will a) engage society more broadly in its research and innovation activities, b) increase access to scientific results, c) ensure gender equality in both the research process and research content, d) take account of the ethics dimension, and e) promote formal and informal science education.

Most activities will require multi-stakeholder consortia which would include Social Sciences, Humanities, SMEs and others (e.g. Museums, Schools and Colleges, creative industries). Topics are based around four themes:

  • Institutional change to support Responsible Research and Innovation in research performing and funding organisations
  • Embedding Responsible Research and Innovation in Horizon 2020 research and innovation
  • Strengthening the Science with and for Society knowledge-base
  • Developing inclusive, anticipatory governance for research and innovation

There will be a prize for Women Innovators in 2017 and a European Union contest for Young Scientists in both 2016 and 2017.


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