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European Commission Work Programmes are go!

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The European Commission ‘co-operation’ work programmes are now live. These contain the topics and challenges for strategic priorities (i.e. not bottom up) and we are pleased to report there are some very relevant topics for Arts and Humanities Researchers.  Now, we aren’t experts in every aspect of Commission funding so there are no doubt more opportunities out there, but some to highlight are;

Socio-economic and Humanities Work Programme

The first thing to note about this work programme is that often the stronger arts and humanities topics or challenges are near the middle/back of the document. This is because they are grouped under headings and ‘Europe in the World’ and ‘The Citizen in the European Union’ are usually a good place to start for A&H researchers. In these sections you will find the following which could be led by A&H researchers:

  • SSH.2013.4.1-1. Security and democracy in the neighbourhood: the case of the Caucasus (p.35)
  • SSH.2013.4.2-1. Media in conflicts and peace building (p37)
  • SSH.2013.5.1-1. Citizens’ resilience in times of crisis (p44)
  • SSH.2013.5.2-1. The multilingual challenge for the European citizen (p46)
  • SSH.2013.5.2-2. Transmitting and benefiting from cultural heritage in Europe (p48)

These aren’t the only opportunities though as the Commission have included wording that makes a lot of topics and challenges relevant to A&H researchers. Some others that have a strong Arts and Humanities research component are:

  • SSH.2013.2.1-1 Obstacles and prospects for sustainable lifestyles and green economy in Europe (p21)
  • SSH.2013.2.1-2. Social entrepreneurship for innovative and inclusive societies (p23)
  • SSH.2013.3.1-1. Addressing European governance of temporary migration and mobility to Europe (p27)
  • SSH.2013.3.2-1. Social Innovation – empowering people, changing societies? (p29)
  • SSH.2013.3.2-3. The impact of the third sector on socio-economic development in Europe (p32)

Environment Programme

You might not think to look here, but the Environment Programme can have some relevant topics for A&H researchers; particularly those involved in the areas of Heritage and Landscape. This year, the following may be of interest:

  • ENV.2013.6.2-7 Development of advanced technologies and tools for mapping, assessing, protecting and managing cultural landscapes in rural areas – FP7-ENV-2013-two-stage

Phew, well think that’s  enough for now!

If you are interested in any of these, your research office should be able to help support you. In addition, all member states fund National Contact Points (NCP’s) to help advise on all aspects of FP7. NCPs often run services like partner searches to find interested researchers. UKRO (UK Research Office) also provide advice and intelligence on all things EU related to Universities via a subscription service. Most UK universities are subscribers and if you are at one of these universities you can create a profile to receive emails or access content.

For those new to Commission documents – some tips/things to consider:

  • There are always a few documents listed in each call – we recommend starting with ‘Work Programme 2013 – [name of thematic area]’ – this is the document that will list the research content of the topics and challenges. Note:  these are long documents so you have to do a bit of looking!
  • Remember that these have to go through an internal approval process at the Commission and have to be relevant to policy so often the language isn’t aimed at researchers. 
  • These are calls for big research projects (2.5 – 5 Million Euros) and they require a multi-disciplinary approach.
  • If you get a bit confused about the mechanism i.e. topic or challenge due to the format of the document – the tables towards the back are a good way to check.
  • Like any funding, these calls are very competitive- if interested consider the scope and scale of the subject and ensure a good match to your proposal and expertise of investigators

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