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