In this contribution, EASSH makes a plea for a better understanding of the SSH research contribution and demonstrates that the Missions have so far failed to ensure that an inclusive mechanism is in place. We hope that the second call for experts can identify some good academic profiles to be included.

EASSH welcomes the continued commitment of the European Commission to integrate SSH expertise in decision making processes across the major programmes of Horizon Europe (HEu).

However, in the four years of monitoring Horizon 2020 (2012-2017), the integration of SSH across the societal challenges has remained weak and EASSH has highlighted clear recommendations to improve the architecture of HEu to integrating SSH research, but HEu has not yet implemented enough changes to improve previous results. We express our concerns that HEu will not live up to the ambitions that the Commission has set itself with regard to embedding SSH expertise.

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