Call on the EU: strengthen research social sciences & humanities

(05-02-2018) A group of universities from leading countries in Social Science & Humanities research and innovation, calls on the EU to create better opportunities for SSH research in the 9th EU Framework Programme for Research & Innovation (FP9).

The cooperation grew out of remarks made by the late Philippe Keraudren – former Deputy Head of Unit of the SSH department at DG RTD in the European Commission. Mr Keraudren, one of the writers of the Second Monitoring Report on SSH-flagged projects, expressed his hope that one day, the SSH-community in the top 7 countries together accounting for more than half of the total SSH partners & the corresponding budget, would join forces and push the European Institutions into the right direction for the sake of Europe.

While analysing the different reports of the European Institutions,  the authors found that there is a strong consensus amongst the institutions about the need to strengthen SSH research and improve its integration in FP9.

The universities make five recommendations:


  1. The creation of an SSH Platform

        Strengthening of multidisciplinary collaboration by

  • Encouraging researchers to think about how to generate academic and societal impact when drafting proposals
  • Recognizing that all disciplines crucially contribute to the goals of an inclusive and prosperous Europe
  • Investing in high-quality SSH research & innovation opportunities 

   5. Adding a target budget of 10% to the existing KPI for SSH

Support this call

To achieve maximum impact, other organisations are encouraged to show their support to this call on the EU. Please click on the link ‘Sign now’ and fill out the form. Please provide your support on 28/2/2018 at the latest. The final document will be sent to representatives of the European Institutions just before the closing date of the FP9 Consultation.


Refer to it in your answer on the FP9 Consultation

The FP9 consultation is open until the 8th of March. In answering question 42, you could support this call by writing along the lines of ‘Please note we do support the Joint call to the EU regarding SSH in FP9.


Composition of the alliance

The writers group has been composed of representatives of the following universities: Freie Universität Berlin, Ghent University, Sapienza Università di Roma, Tilburg University, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, University of Barcelona, University of Glasgow, University of Groningen, Université libre de Bruxelles and University Sorbonne nouvelle Paris III.


Read the position paper

The position paper can be downloaded here.



Wendy Sonneveld
Sr Policy Advisor European Affairs at Ghent University
T + 32 9 264 9562