Guidelines for SSH Integration in mission-oriented research programmes

A new guideline gives practical advice on how to design and implement mission-oriented research programmes by integrating SSH from the start.

In November 2018, the Austrian Presidency organised a conference in Vienna discussing the impact of Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) for a European research agenda. As a main result, the organisers of the conference under the lead of Thomas König, researcher at the Insitut für Höhere Studien in Vienna, have now published the document ‘Social Sciences and Humanities Research Matters. Guidelines on how to successfully design, and implement, mission-oriented research programmes’.

The document is aimed at all stakeholders dealing with research funding programmes and includes practical advice for the full exploitation of interdisciplinary cooperation to tackle societal challenges. Such societal challenges are often addressed in ‘mission-oriented’ research programmes setting out a specific goal. The guidelines urge stakeholders to move from an integration of SSH to full cooperation right from the design of a research funding programme all the way through to implementation. The authors give examples of actions that programme officers, reviewers and panellists or independent evaluators can use to take SSH research into account. The recommendations given in the guideline may apply to the design of new instruments within Horizon Europe, such as the missions.

For more information kindly refer to the European Commission's portal for Social sciences and humanities.

Source: Swisscore

IMI2: New Call for proposals to be launched on 22 January! Sign up for webinars!

The Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI2) will launch their next call for proposals, Call 17 on 22 Jan 2019. 

The following topics are under consideration for inclusion in this next IMI Call for proposals.

- Optimising future obesity treatment
- Open access chemogenomics library and chemical probes for the druggable genome
- Intelligent prediction and identification of environmental risks posed by human medicinal products

These topics are now at an advanced stage of development and these drafts shall allow potential applicants to start working actively on proposals and forming consortia. Nevertheless, these topics must still be approved by the IMI Governing Board. The final topic text may differ from the draft versions published, and applicants should always base their proposals on the final, approved topic texts which will be published when the Call is officially launched.

In preparation of this call, IMI-JU organises webinarsfrom 23 to 31 January 2019.

All webinars on the Call topics will feature a presentation by the EFPIA topic coordinator and time for questions and answers. The webinars represent an excellent opportunity to learn more about the Call topics, interact directly with the topic coordinators, and get in touch with potential project partners.

The webinar on IMI’s rules and procedures will include presentations of IMI's intellectual property policy and tips on the preparation of proposal submissions. IMI will also hold a dedicated webinar for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). This will cover elements of the different Call topics that may be of particular relevance for SMEs, as well as a presentation of IMI’s rules and procedures with a focus on aspects that are most important for SMEs.

Source: IMI-JU

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