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 Nucleus and Sparks.  Norrköpings Visualisation Centre is the Swedish partner in Sparks.

Maria Hagardt and Tomas Gustavsson are the Swedish national contacts for SwafS in Sweden.
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.  The European network of National Contact Points (NCP) SiS.net has collated a list of all the funding opportunities that are SwafS-related.

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