Societal Challenges

A key part of Horizon 2020 has been designed to focus on the resolution of particular societal challenges – grand issues – that Europe is facing. This challenge-based approach aims at bringing together resources and knowledge across different fields, technologies and disciplines, including social sciences and the humanities to tackle major societal challenges. This will cover activities from research to market with a new focus on innovation-related activities, such as piloting, demonstration, test-beds, and support for public procurement and market uptake.

Funding will focus on the following challenges:

Under this pillar:

  • Projects are expected to propose holistic, trans-disciplinary approaches to the challenges and questions identified by the Commission
  • There's less prescription, allowing applicants freedom to come up with innovative solutions
  • There's a strong emphasis on expected impact
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