Science with and for Society

The aim of the specific objective "Science with and for society" is to build effective cooperation between science and society, to recruit new talent for science and to pair scientific excellence with social awareness and responsibility. 

"Science with and for Society", often abbreviated as SwfS or SwafS, is the continuation of the "Science in Society" part of the Capacities specific programme, under Framework Programme 7. EUR 462,2 million in current prices are foreseen for this part of Horizon 2020. 

Why "science" and "society" need each other

Talent and ideas need to be taken up, no matter where they come from. This is only possible if "science" and "society" talk to - and work with - each other. This is a chance for science to become more responsible - and for policies to be more relevant to citizens. Developments such as new ethical, legal and social considerations, and the economic crisis have made support from policy-makers and citizens even more important. As investment into science comes to a great extent from public sources, it is important that citizens are aware of current developments - and have the opportunity to engage actively with science. 

European funding for responsible science

In this context, the EU will fund projects that make scientific and technological careers attractive to young students, promote gender equality, foster formal and informal science education, or make publicly-funded research more accessible. 

In the 2014-2015 Work Programme, four main calls will cover the following domains: 

  • Making science education and careers attractve for young people
  • Promoting gender equality in research and innovation 
  • Integrating society in science and innovation
  • Developing governance for the advancement of responsible research and innovation

Most topics are so-called "Coordination and Support Actions", with one topic in each call being a "Research and Innovation Action".

For more information

Science in Society portal of DG Research

Science in Society e-library

SwafS in Horizon 2020


Work Programme Science with and for Society 2014-2015


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