The main aim of funding ‘Socio-economic sciences and the humanities’ (SSH) will contribute to an in-depth, shared understanding of the complex and interrelated socio economic challenges Europe is confronted with such as economic competitiveness and social cohesion.

The EU has earmarked €1.7 billion for Socio-economic Sciences and the Humanities (SSH) sector for the full duration of FP7.

In this area the research will help study and provide answers related to:

  • Growth, employment and competitiveness;
  • Social cohesion, social, cultural and educational challenges in an enlarged EU;
  • Sustainability, environmental challenges, demographic change, migration and integration, quality of life and global interdependence.

The following 8 areas will be given emphasis:

  • Growth, employment and competitiveness in a knowledge society -
    • Innovation, competitiveness and labour market policies;
    • Education and life-long learning;
    • Economic structures and productivity.
  • Combining economic, social and environmental objectives in a European perspective -
    • Models within Europe and across the world;
    • Economic and social and cohesion across regions;
    • Social and economic dimensions of environmental policy.
  • Major trends in society and their implications - demographic change, reconciling family and work, health and quality of life, youth policies, social exclusion and discrimination.
  • Europe in the world - trade, migration, poverty, crime, conflict and resolution.
  • The citizen in the European Union - political participation, citizenship and rights, democracy and accountability, the media, cultural diversity and heritage, religions, attitudes and values.
  • Socio-economic and scientific indicators - the use and value of indicators in policymaking at macro and micro levels.
  • Foresight activities - the future implications of global knowledge, migration, ageing, risk and the emerging domains in research and science.
  • Strategic activities - including research for policy support and international cooperation.
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