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					    Socio-Economic Sciences and

Educational research in the 7th Framework
  programme for research and technology
                       Manuela Alfé
          European Commission – DG Research
              Unit “Research in the economic,
      social sciences and humanities – Prospective”
                                  EU Research Policy:
                     Overall objectives and means

• to strengthen the scientific and technological bases of
  the Community industry, supporting competitiveness,
  citizen welfare and
• To support other EU policies
   – By the implementation of Research and Technological
     Development Programmes
   – By the promotion of co-operation and co-ordination in the field
     of Community and Member States research including with third
     countries and international organisations
   – By the dissemination of the results of Community Research
   – By stimulating the training and mobility of researchers in the EU
                             EU Research Policy:

• Framework Programme 7 (FP7) is the EU's main
  instrument for funding research in Europe and it will run
  from 2007-2013. FP7 is a key tool designed to respond
  to Europe's employment needs, competitiveness and
  quality of life.

• One of the main features of FP7 is to ensure “European
  added value” so to complement and boost the
  effectiveness of National research programmes.
                         EU Research Policy:

• FP7 is organised in 4 specific programmes:
  – Co-operation (10 thematic areas including
    health, industrial technologies, social science,
    security, information & communication
  – Ideas (frontier research)
  – People (training and mobility)
  – Capacities (infrastructures)
                       FP7 budget (€ 50 521
                       million, current prices)

                                     Capacities; 4 097    JRC (EC); 1 751
                     People; 4 750
                                                                                 € million

            Ideas; 7 510

                                                                              32 413

 Note: Euratom FP: €2.7 billion over 5 years - not included above
The Cooperation specific programme–
                           the budget
                Socio-Economic Sciences and
                    Humanities (SSH) in FP7

                                   ‘Capacities’ Programme:
ERC - ‘Ideas’ Programme:
         Six SSH Panels                 •Science in Society

                  ‘Cooperation’ Programme:

                             •Theme 8: SSH
                      •SSH in other Themes
                       ‘Cooperation’ Programme

Socio-Economic Sciences and Humanities:

• In many Cooperation “Themes” like food,
  agriculture, environment, energy, transport…

• In Theme 8 : specific programme SSH with
  a substantial increase of the budget EUR 623
  millions (2007-2013)
                   The Cooperation specific programme–
                                 Collaborative Research
                          Ten themes
1.  Health
2.  Food, agriculture and fisheries, and biotechnology
3.  Information and communication technologies
4.  Nanosciences, nanotechnologies, materials
    and new production technologies
5. Energy
6. Environment (including climate change)
7. Transport (including aeronautics)
8. Socio-economic sciences and the humanities
9. Space
10. Security
    Euratom: Fusion energy research, nuclear fission
    and radiation protection
         SSH, theme 8, of the “Cooperation” Specific
         Programme (FP7) : the Bases

•   The European Research Area
•   Lisbon Strategy
•   Barcelona Target 3%
•   Freedom of knowledge: The fifth EU freedom –
    Ljubljana process
• Europe 2020 - EU Innovation Union and other
  flagship policies
                  SSH, theme 8, of the “Cooperation”
                          Specific Programme (FP7)

• Addressing major challenges facing EU and the World :

    growth, employment, competitiveness, education, knowledge

    combining economic, social and environmental objectives: energy,
     agriculture, rural and urban issues.

    major trends in Society: demography, quality of life, cultural

    global interactions and interdependence; conflicts and peace.

    participation, democracy, governance; European diversities and
                             SSH Research Activities
Five Activities based on major challenges for the EU:
 Growth, employment and competitiveness in a knowledge
 Combining economic, social and environmental objectives
   in a European perspective
 Major trends in society and their implications
 Europe in the world
 The Citizen in the EU

Two “cross-cutting” Activities:
• Socio-economic and scientific indicators
• Foresight activity

Plus a few horizontal supporting activites
                  The 2011 Work Programme: Policy links

             The SSH 2011 Work Programme supports the current
                  EU policy priorities (e.g. Europe 2020 Strategy)

Three main priorities of the Europe 2020 strategy:

(1) Smart growth: developing an economy based on knowledge
    and innovation;
(2) Sustainable growth: promoting a more resource efficient,
    greener and more competitive economy; and
(3) Inclusive growth: fostering a high-employment economy
    delivering social and territorial cohesion.
                                   Administrative Structure
                                   of the Work Programme

•   1st call (FP7-SSH-2011-1): total budget of EUR 40 million to support
    Collaborative projects (large scale integrating projects) and a Collaborative
    project (large scale integrating project) for specific cooperation action
    dedicated to international cooperation.
•   2nd call (FP7-SSH-2011-2): total budget of EUR 29.7 million to
    support Collaborative projects (small or medium-scale focused research
    projects), a Collaborative project (small or medium-scale focused research
    project) for specific cooperation action dedicated to international cooperation
    and a BSG-CSO scheme (Research for the Benefit of Specific Groups - Civil
    Society Organisations).
•   3rd call (FP7-SSH-2011-3) : a total budget of EUR 6.3 million to
    support Coordination and support actions (supporting actions), a Coordination
    and Support Action (coordinating action) and a BSG-CSO scheme (Research
    for the Benefit of Specific Groups - Civil Society Organisations).
•   The work programme contains also two ERA-Net projects that form part of
    a horizontal ERA-Net Call and public procurement actions and grants to
    identified beneficiaries

     Over 10% increase in the total budget compared to 2010 Work
                    Deadlines and timeline
• Calls 1, 2 and 3: Common deadline: 2nd February 2011

• Electronic Proposal submission through EPSS

• Indicative evaluation and contractual timetable:
  evaluation of proposals in May 2011 and first grant
  agreements expected to be signed in November 2011.

• The two ERA-Net projects form part of the horizontal ERA-
  Net call (Deadline of 22nd February 2011). Please consult
  Annex 2 to the “Cooperation” Work Programme. ERA-Net
  projects are restricted to programme owners/ programme
         The second call FP7-SSH-(2011-2)

• Maximum EU contribution per
  project: EUR 2.7 million
• Funding scheme: Collaborative project
  (small or medium-scale focused research
• Eligibility conditions: At least 3
  independent legal entities, each of which
  is established in a MS or AC, and no 2 of
  which are established in the same MS or
                 The second call (FP7-SSH-2011-2):
                 Topics identified
• Activity 8.1 'Growth, employment and competitiveness in a
  knowledge society – the European case' will address the following
  topics: Lifelong learning in Europe: appropriate skills for sustaining
   better jobs

• Main themes:
   – Skills development, growth and innovation
   – Equality and social cohesion.
   – Reconciliation of economic and social needs with individual
   – Analysis, assessment and monitoring of Lifelong learning policies, in
     linkage with education and training, formal and informal learning
   – “Employee-driven innovation concept"
   – Research should also acknowledge that the contribution of informal
   – Combination of theoretical and empirical work (based on some key
     industrial or service sectors)
                                            Evaluation criteria

• Each proposal will be evaluated by ‘peer review’ by a minimum of 3

• The three evaluation criteria are:
- Scientific and/or technological excellence (relevant to the topics
  addressed by the call)
- Quality and efficiency of the implementation and the management
- Potential impact through the development, dissemination and use of
  project results

• Thresholds: minimum 3/5 for each criterion and minimum total of 10/15

See the detailed description of the eligibility and evaluation criteria in Annex
   2 of the ‘Cooperation’ Specific Programme Work Programme and annex 2
   of the relevant Guide for Applicants;
Submission                       Consensus        Panel          Finalisation

                 Evaluators       Evaluators    Evaluators          Final ranking
 Full Proposal                                                      list

 Proposal                                                          Rejection list
                 Criteria         Criteria      Criteria
                                                Proposals in
 Eligibility                                    suggested
                                                priority order
COMMISSION                                                       COMMISSION

                              Role of experts
                EU Educational Research:
                main topics funded so far
                           (FP6 and FP7)
– Knowledge and skills (Lisbon strategy)
– Lifelong learning
– Education and employment
– Inclusion and cohesion
– Youth
– Culture and citizenship
                         EU Educational Research:
                                  FP7 projects /1

• Workprogramme 2009: SSH-2009 - 1.1.1.
  Education in a European knowledge society

  WORKABLE (Making Capabilities work):
  – The project will provide knowledge on how to enable
    young people to function as capable citizens in the
    labour markets of European knowledge societies. It
    assesses the political and institutional strategies
    aiming to cope with the high rates of youth
    unemployment, early school leaving and dropouts
    from upper secondary education.
  – Started on 1st of November 2009 (duration: 36
                                    EU Educational Research:
                                             FP7 projects /2
    Workprogramme 2009: SSH-2009 - 1.1.1. Education in a European
                         knowledge society

GOETE: (Governance of Educational Trajectories in Europe. Access, coping and
  relevance of education for young people in European knowledge societies in
  comparative perspective)

• Analysis of the role of school in re-conceptualising education in
  terms of lifelong learning by combining a life course and a
  governance perspective.
• Period covered: from transition into lower secondary education to
  transition into upper secondary education/vocational education and
• Comparative analysis on the regulation of access to education and
  support measures for coping with education and securing the
  relevance of education for social integration and the labour market.
• The project reflects the need for formal education to be embedded
  in social life worlds, enabled by social support, and complemented
  by informal and non-formal learning.
•    Project started on 1.01.2010
               EU Educational Research: The future

   Indicative Strategic Research Roadmap in SSH
• List and rationale for challenges and topics envisaged for the
  upcoming years.
• Better planning and coordination within the research
• Legally non-binding for the European Commission.
  Only serves information purposes.
• http://ec.europa.eu/research/social-sciences/pdf/roadmap-
                           EU Educational Research:
                                     The future (2)
      Indicative Strategic Research Roadmap:
• 2011 (published SSH WP 2011 ):
   – Lifelong learning in Europe: appropriate skills
     for sustaining better jobs
• Beyond 2011:
   – Adapting evolving educational systems to societal
   – Early childhood care and the cost of education
   – Children and intolerance
                            Additional info at:



•   “European Research on Education and Training - "Socio-economic Sciences and
   Humanities" Programme

• Education, Policy review series n°4
        More information
EU research:
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