Humanities and social sciences to get own budget in Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 LogoA report in ResearchFortnight has stated that the Humanities and Social Sciences will get their own budget in the next EU research funding programme, Horizon 2020.

It has been proposed that the sixth challenge in Horizon 2020’s societal challenges pillar—inclusive, innovative and secure societies— will be split into two, creating one challenge for humanities and social challenges, and one for security research. The new, sixth challenge will be called Europe in a Changing World, and will include research on “inclusive, innovative and reflective societies”, and would cover research into media, history, culture, philosophy, European identity and linguistics,.

No extra funding will be put forward for the additional societal challenge, instead the budget of the previous sixth challenge will be split between challenges six and seven, additional funding for humanities and social science will be spread out across all six challenges.