If research and innovation is to help solve the societal challenges, researchers and innovators must work together with the rest of society.


One factor that contributed to Horizon 2020 being structured around societal challenges was the major scientific conference New World – New Solutions  held in Lund in 2009 during the Swedish presidency of the EU. The declaration that was published after the conference has had a great impact on European research policy.

One of Horizon 2020‘s sub-programmes Science with and for Society, SwafS, funds projects that support this type of collaboration. Examples of EU projects include Orion Open Science, SciShops and Researchers Night.

The SwafS expert and member of the European Commission’s Working Group for Sweden is Anna Maria Fleetwood.

SwafS consists of several sub areas. Find out more via the following links:

The sub areas are also ‘cross-cutting issues’ in other parts of Horizon 2020, which run throughout the framework programme and feature in calls totalling around the same amount of funding as the whole of the SwafS programme.

Would you like more information?

Get in touch with us in the project team if you are interested to know more about the advocacy platform and how you can include SwafS/RRI aspects into your Horizon 2020 project application.