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British Academy and ALLEA raise Horizon 2020 concerns

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The British Academy and the All European Academies (ALLEA), representing academies throughout Europe, have raised their deep concerns to European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science - Máire Geoghegan-Quinn - on the current plans and implementation of Horizon 2020 for the social sciences and humanities.

The Academy and ALLEA have jointly recommended three urgent changes to the current draft programme:

  • A budget for the humanities and social sciences that reflects the ‘significant space’ the Commissioner has previously promised; 
  • a funding structure that covers small, medium and large-scale grant sizes so that the humanities and social science communities are not alienated by very low chances of success; 
  • and structures to embed interdisciplinarity as well as the humanities and social sciences such as a cross-cutting Advisory Group to monitor and ensure ‘embedding’ of the humanities and social sciences.

Read the joint letter to Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn here. A similar letter was sent to the Times Higher Education. You can read the letter here.