Science with and for society will help citizens, organisations and territories to open a new chapter of their development through joint research and innovation activities in five strategic orientations.
It will contribute to the implementation of Responsible Research and Innovation through institutional governance changes in Research Performing (RPOs) and Funding Organisations (RFOs), focusing on developing new partnerships and involving researchers, policy makers, citizens and industry.
It will step up support for gender equality in R&I policy by promoting institutional changes and focusing on key areas of research to advance gender equality.
It will build on the territorial dimension of SWAFS partnerships by opening up R&I broadly to society according to specific territorial contexts, where territories are understood as geographical areas sharing common features (e.g. economic, social, cultural, environmental).
It will explore and support citizen science in a broad sense, encouraging citizens and other stakeholders to participate in all stages of R&I. Finally, it will build the knowledge base for SwafS through a combination of totally bottom-up and open topics and targeted topics including two looking for the first time at science communication and due and proportionate precaution.
The topic will support initiatives such as hands on activities, seminars, mentoring sessions, gender-inclusive innovative tools, etc. to develop entrepreneurial competences and inspire the next generation of innovators. These will be implemented with the support of role models (e.g. former winners of the EU Prize for Women Innovators).
The activities will involve inter alia grass roots organisations, schools, foundations, science and technology museums, incubators, start-ups, innovative industries, etc. Activities will build on the work carried out by other European initiatives or funded projects, such as Scientix, Hypatia and EUCYS (European Union Contest for Young Scientists). Activities should create sustainable collaborative networks and cover at least 16 Member States and/or Associated Countries.
- Strategic orientation 1. Accelerating and catalysing processes of institutional change
- Strategic orientation 2. Stepping up support to Gender Equality in Research & Innovation policy
- Strategic orientation 3. Building the territorial dimension of SwafS partnerships
- Strategic orientation 4. Exploring and supporting citizen science
- Strategic orientation 5. Building the knowledge base for SwafS
In the short term, the action will raise awareness of the gender gap in innovation. It will encourage sustainable collaboration among schools, science and technology museums, foundations, start-ups, etc, while involving young people in the innovation ecosystem. In the long term, it will contribute to increasing the number of female innovators in Europe. It will also contribute to wider European Union objectives by better matching skills to jobs.
The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU in the order of EUR 1.50 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.