Published on 24 July 2019

On Thursday, July 4, 2019, the Université Paris-Saclay* organized, in partnership with the Maison des Sciences de l'Homme (MSH Paris-Saclay), an information and exchange day devoted to the Human and Social Sciences and Interdisciplinarity in the Horizon 2020 programme.

This day was an opportunity for participants (researchers, teacher-researchers, laboratory staff and research support services staff) to discuss the place of SHS and interdisciplinarity in the University of Paris-Saclay, and solutions to stimulate the participation of SHS researchers in the H2020 program.

A session dedicated specifically to SHS, with a presentation of the various funding programs

The day was opened by Guillaume Garreta - Director of International Development at the Université Paris-Saclay and Laurent Baratin - Head of Scientific Coordination at the Maison des Sciences de l'Hommes Paris-Saclay. They recalled the low participation of the SHS teams of the Université Paris-Saclay in European projects while underlining the important potential on the perimeter of the University, with 38 laboratories in SHS, more than a thousand researchers and teacher-researchers.

The session continued with the presentation of the Horizon 2020 programme and funding opportunities for SHS. Julien Ténédos and Florent Goiffon, representatives of the SHS National Contact Point (SSH NCP), and Gaëlle Decroix, representative of the ERC NCP, presented the Challenge 6 "inclusive, innovative and reflective societies", the European Research Council (ERC), the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (AMSC), and the ANR's European or International Scientific Network Building Instrument (MRSEI), as well as the COST and FUNDIT programmes.

We also had the pleasure of receiving, at the end of the morning, the testimony of a researcher who won the Challenge 6:

  • Ahmed Bounfour (University of Paris-Sud), participant of the GLOBALINTO project (challenge 6 - H2020-SC6-TRANSFORMATIONS-2018), entitled "Capturing the value of intangible assets in micro data to promote the EU's growth and competitiveness".

This intervention was an opportunity for the project leader to give a series of recommendations on how to submit a winning proposal.

And to provide even more advice and expertise, the afternoon was opened with a presentation by Eugénia Shadlova (European Affairs Officer for the University of Paris-Sud), answering the question "How to set up a European project? ».

A support as close as possible to the participants

Following Mrs. Shadlova's presentation, the afternoon was divided into two parts.

First, participants took part in a thematic workshop on the following topics: "Digital Humanity and Innovation" and "Environment, Health and Territory". This session allowed many fruitful exchanges between the speakers and the room, with participants who were curious and eager to learn more about the steps to follow to submit a European project in SHS. The workshop began with an intervention by researcher Agnese Pastorino, who was able to present her project to participants and speakers. This exciting speech, about the sexual risks associated with Internet use, was a constructive discussion for all.

Finally, the day ended with individual interviews conducted by representatives of UPSaclay member institutions present on site.

For those who were unable to attend this day, the videos of the various interventions are available on the University of Paris-Saclay website: video

*Organizing Committee: Cédric Adam (CNRS), Laurent Baratin (MSH Paris-Saclay), Samuel Costantin (UPSaclay), Gaelle Decroix (CEA), Arnaud Delimoges (UVSQ), Véronique Fournié (UEVE), Marie-Hélène Pinard (INRA), Marie Raymond (UPSaclay), Eugénia Shadlova (UPSud), Eric Valdenaire (MSH Paris-Saclay)