EASSH’s guiding principle for FP10 must be to fund research that supports a sustainable and social Europe, where the costs of living are affordable, with adequate pensions and access to care, and where cultural values, human dignity, and education are guaranteed to all.

A key element to achieve such an ambition is funding research in SSH disciplines and integrating them from the outset within the design of the FP10 programme. SSH research provides key evidence for policymakers, high-quality publications, and participation of all European countries.

This paper is divided into four parts:

  1. a vision for the next framework programme;
  2. a reflection on the architecture of the programme;
  3. SSH integration in practice;
  4. flexibility in project size and funding, a reflection on some technical aspects that could be improved in the implementation of the programme.

The paper presents seven key recommendations for policymakers.

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