The Societal Challenges pillar of Horizon 2020 funds collaborative research to address Europe’s major challenges. It focuses on policy priorities without being prescriptive about the technologies or solutions that should be used to address the challenges posed. The EC expects that this challenge-based approach will bring together resources and knowledge across different fields, technologies and disciplines, including social sciences and the humanities.
The Societal Challenges require researchers to look at specific issues creatively to be successful. Cross-disciplinary working (particularly involving Social Sciences and Humanities disciplines), market-oriented activities and gender-aware research are all features of these Work Programmes. In many cases stakeholder groups will be involved in consortia.
More information about each of the seven challenge areas is on the following pages:
- Health, demographic change and wellbeing
- 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 freedom and security of Europe and its citizens