Social sciences and humanities – an added value for your project. Which topics in 2017 Work Programme for SC4 require SSH integration?

SSH encompasses various disciplines – from sociology, psychology, communication and political science to economics, history, culture, law and ethics. It is evident that the knowledge for solving different societal challenges, including those related to the transport field, is spread across STEM (life and physical sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics) and SSH disciplines. SSH integration in Horizon 2020 projects can yield innovative solutions and products that are socially acceptable, directly applicable, marketable and cost-effective. In addition, SSH integration can substantially enhance the impact of the project and support effective dissemination of results and communication with the target group and the wider public.

The topics that require SSH integration are called “flagged for SSH” topics. There are two types of them:

  • Topics dedicated to SSH research: issues are framed mainly from the SSH perspective and most project partners come from SSH disciplines;
  • Topics with significant SSH component: SSH expertise is an integral, though not exclusive, part of the research design of topics, and solutions to the problem are to be generated by integrating knowledge stemming from both SSH disciplines and non-SSH disciplines such as natural sciences, medicine, engineering and technology

In relation to the work programme 2016-2017 of the 4th societal challenge “Smart, green and integrated transport”, the following topics are connected with SSH according to the distinction mentioned before:

Topics dedicated to SSH research – MG-8.5-2017 – Shifting paradigms: Exploring the dynamics of individual preferences, behaviours and lifestyles influencing travel and mobility choices

Topics with significant SSH component – MG-1-4-2016-2017 – Breakthrough Innovation, MG-4.1-2017 – Increasing the take up and scale-up of innovative solutions to achieve sustainable mobility in urban areas, MG-4.2-2017 – Supporting ‘smart electric mobility’ in cities, MG-5.4-2017 – Potential of the Physical Internet, MG-8.2-2017 – Big data in Transport: Research opportunities, challenges and limitations, MG-8.4-2017 – Improving accessibility, inclusive mobility and equity: new tools and business models for public transport in prioritised areas, MG-8.7-2017 – Future research needs and priorities in the area of transport, ART-07-2017 – Full-scale demonstration of urban road transport automation.

For more information about SSH integration in Horizon 2020 projects you can visit the website of Net4Society (the international network of National Contact Points for the Societal Challenge 6 “Europe in a changing world: inclusive, innovative and reflective societies”), available at: The website contains numerous documents and publications on SSH integration.


Public stakeholder consultation – Interim evaluation of the Joint Undertakings operating under Horizon 2020

The European Commission launched a consultation with the aim of collecting opinions about the implementation of the Joint Undertaking initiatives under the first three years of the framework programme Horizon 2020.

The consultation is public and its results will provide inputs in order to improve the impact and the performances of this type of initiatives and will be communicated to the European Parliament and to the Council, but also to the national authorities, the research communities and the other stakeholders.

The questionnaire can be filled by accessing to the following page

Clean Sky Updates

  • Clean Sky’s Best PhD Award: the competition is for all the young scientists who have recently completed a PhD thesis in the field of Aeronautics within the scope of a Clean Sky Project.

The Meaning of the Award is to highlight outstanding achievements of three young people at the start of their scientific careers. At this purpose an open call has been launched and will close on January the 15th, 2017. All the details are accessible through the following link .


  • Clean Sky Forum, 21st – 22nd March 2017: the annual Clean Sky Forum will be a two-day event, the first day will focus on keynote speeches by high – level representatives from industry, European Parliament and European Commission, while, the second day will be oriented to the technical platforms of Clean Sky 1, with dedicated sessions aiming at reporting the results and the achievements. More info will be available soon on the official website!

1st European Conference on Connected and Automated Driving, Brussels (BE), 3rd-4th April 2017

The European Commission, with the support of the EC – funded projects CARTRE and SCOUT, announced the 1st European Conference on connected and automated driving. The event will be held in Brussels on the 3rd and 4th April 2017.

All the major road transport stakeholders (automotive, telecom industry, public transport operators, etc.) and representatives from the European Commission and EU Member States are invited to participate.

The event will enhance the networking and the dialogue among all the participants, about how to boost the development and deployment of connected and automated driving technologies from a fourfold perspective:

  • Transport Policy Issues
  • Legal and Regulatory frame
  • Technological challenges
  • Digital Transformation

Participants will enjoy a blend of plenaries, thematic sessions and exhibitions of funded projects.

More information at

MarTERA co-funded Call 2017

MarTERA, an ERA – NET cofund scheme of Horizon 2020, was born with the aim of increasing the European Research Area (ERA) in the framework of the marine and maritime technologies.

The consortium, which encloses 16 collaborating countries, is in charge of the organisation and co- funding of an EU Joint Call for transnational research projects.

The call 2017 has been launched with a total budget of almost €30 million for collaborative research in the marine and maritime field; the call will follow a two – steps procedure and the deadline for the submissions is the 31st of March 2017.

The 16 collaborating countries have expressed their priority areas, which should be addressed through the winning projects:

  • Priority Area 1: Environmentally friendly maritime technologies
  • Priority Area 2: Development of novel materials and structures
  • Priority Area 3: Sensors, automation, monitoring and observations
  • Priority Area 4: Advanced manufacturing and production
  • Priority Area 5: Safety and security

For further details and for all the documents related to the call

1st future sky safety public workshop, Bressels (BE) 8th-9th March 2017

The first Future Sky Safety public workshop will take place in Brussels on the 8th and 9th of March 2017 at the EUROCONTROL Headquarters.

The event, “Future Sky Safety: a Joint Programme for Aviation safety” will be open to all the aviation safety stakeholders and will give the chance to discuss issues related to the aviation safety and in particular to the following key topics:

  • Reduction of Runway excursion;
  • Total aviation system risk prevention and mitigation;
  • Reduction of the likelihood of organisational accidents;
  • Improvement of pilot performance and reduction of human errors;
  • Mitigation of risk of fire, smoke and fumes in modern cabins.


The project managers of Future Sky Safety will deal with all these topics through speeches and presentations.

Furthermore, a poster session has been launched with the aim of involving students, researchers or projects willing to have an exceptional opportunity to share their research with their peers and with the aviation community.

The competition is managed and coordinated by Future Sky Safety Project 2; the key theme is the Aviation Safety and ideas about the following topics are welcome:

  • Runway excursion
  • Systems and methods for risk prevention and mitigation
  • Organizational safety
  • Human error and human performance in aviation
  • Risk of fire, smoke and fumes


All the information about the event and concerning the poster session are available at the following link