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European Commission Seeks Experts

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Have you ever thought that European Commission funding opportunities could be more relevant to the humanities? Now is your chance to influence their thinking in future because the European Commission has launched a call for expressions of interest for experts to sit on its new Horizon 2020 Advisory Groups.

We’re really keen for UK arts and humanities researchers to put themselves forward.
Horizon 2020 is the European Union’s future funding programme for research and innovation and will run from 2014-2020. It is envisaged that the Advisory Groups will provide high quality advice for the preparation of calls for project proposals. Each of the Groups established will focus on a different section of Horizon 2020 proposal. They will be operational from this spring, so that they can provide input into the first Horizon 2020 calls.

The full list of Boards to be set up is available at the link above, but we are particularly keen to see UK researchers nominated for the ‘Inclusive, Innovative and Secure Societies’ societal challenge (which is likely to include a strand on ‘reflective societies’ and thus have a strong arts and humanities component) and the ‘Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions on skills, training and career development’.

This is the first time that the Commission has used an open call of this type to constitute Advisory Boards. It is a great opportunity for you to help shape the Horizon 2020 call, and in particular, to ensure that the Commission takes into account the potential contribution and participation of the arts and humanities research community when formulating their calls for proposals. We expect that these groups will have considerable influence, and the opportunity to input into strategic planning at an early stage.

You can express your interest in either a personal or an institutional capacity. The deadline for expressions of interest for the first Boards is 6 March; however, the call will remain open for the duration of Horizon 2020, to allow for the Boards to be refreshed.

For details of how to register your interest, go to:

Further information on Horizon 2020 is available from:


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