Eurada News nº394 - November 2019

Societal Challenges in the H2020 Programme

Europe is facing an important socio-economic and cultural change, since there are new forms of interaction between humans and technology, as well as increased migration flows and new developments in European, national and global governance. Societal challenges are still of big importance in Europe, conforming a big part of the Work Programme of Horizon 2020 and counting with many calls under the title ‘Europe in a changing world – Inclusive, innovative and reflecting societies.’

The H2020 programme on Societal Challenges is revolving around three main topics: migration, socio-economic and cultural transformations stemming from the fourth industrial revolution, and governance for the future. The programme for the final years, 2018-2020, is seeking for objective scientific elements of assessment, elaborate policy options and applicable solutions to tackle the existing societal issues and to inform and engage citizens objectively.

This work programme will follow the previous research and work on the aftermath of the economic and social crisis. The programme will also require new learning and training models as well as collaborative economy, smart specialisation and disruptive orientations to the economic system. It will include topics on radical ideologies and societal polarisation.

As it has been said before, the work programme focuses on three main topics. Earlier this month, an Information Day on this matter took place. The calls on this work programme discussed in this Information Day will be thus briefly presented as attachment.


The calls on this topic aim to provide understanding and recommendation, both evidence-based, for the governance of migration of third country nationals due to forced displacement. The promotion of fact-based discourses to host communities are also of importance for this call. Also, they aim to provide innovative solutions for the integration of migrants in European societies. The migration call will provide information on the access to and impact on labour markets and the integration specially in urban settings of third country nationals.

Solutions will have to contribute to the sustainable development and support the Sustainable Development Goals. International cooperation will have to be strengthened, as well as a better understanding and awareness of the role of international development and regional policies.


This call aims to provide alternative policy options to the challenges of transformation in a context of globalisation and digitalisation. The need is to mitigate or support the transformations envisaging the enhancement of the diversity of cultures and social bonds. Also, it is necessary to reinforce the social, cultural and economic benefits of the fourth industrial revolution where relevant.

Objective scientific evaluations, social, cultural and technological innovation, co-creation and bottom-up solutions will help fostering equitable and sustainable prosperity.


This call addresses the principles of governance and democracy and supports the gathering of evidence and development of policy options in areas such as social rights in Europe, trust, citizenship, differentiation in the EU, open innovation, security and defence policy, digital democracy and also the delivery of public goods and the governance of the digital single market and of the European cloud infrastructure for public administration.

Its aim is, thus, to enhance this evidence and provide technologies to develop adapted governance structures at various relevant levels.

These actions are of high importance and relevance due to the common concern at the European level. They shape nowadays society, societal issues and rising necessities across Member States that need innovative and inclusive solutions.

More information

You can check the attached file for more information on the main calls described in the Information day.

You can check the Work Programme for 2018-2020 for on Europe in a changing world – Inclusive, innovative and reflective societies.

You can read more about the 7 societal challenges by checking this page by the National Contact Point of Wallonia.

Written by Roser Torres, Project Officer at EURADA