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.