Research and innovation can contribute to finding solutions to identified major societal concerns. The EU has formulated seven Societal Challenges constituting one of the three pillars of Horizon 2020.
The call topics are now broadly defined, more open and less prescriptive than in FP7.
The challenge-based approach means that projects are more multi-disciplinary and are expected to combine resources and knowledge from across different fields, technologies and innovation, including input from social sciences and humanities.
It will also include innovation-related activities such as piloting, demonstration, testing, public procurement and market uptake, and establishing links with different stakeholders as the European Innovation Partnerships (EIPs) and SMEs.
The funding will be mainly for collaborative projects involving research teams from different EU Member States and Associated Countries.
Please see the UKRO factsheets on each Societal Challenge which provide a summary of their most important characteristics and context for the focus area:
- Health, demographic change and wellbeing
- Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research, and the Bioeconomy
- Secure, clean and efficient energy
- Smart, green and integrated transport
- Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials
- Europe in a changing world - inclusive, innovative and reflective societies
- Secure societies - protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens