Call for Proposals - FP7-SCIENCE-IN-SOCIETY-2011-1 - Specific Programme "Capacities" Programme RTD FP7-SCIENCE-IN-SOCIETY-2011-1 Closed!


The activities in the field of Science in Society aim to "stimulate, with a view to building an open, effective and democratic European knowledge-based society, the harmonious integration of scientific and technological endeavour, and associated research policies in the European social web, by encouraging pan-European reflection and debate on science and technology and their relationship with the whole spectrum of society and culture".

The 2011 work programme will take a two-fold approach. Responding to the call made by the Lund Declaration, the first component provides a vertical connection to ERA developments by prioritising large-scale structured actions to promote deeper and more systemic collaboration between a wide range of actors around the ERA Grand Challenges. This is the aim of the MML initiative (Mobilisation and Mutual Learning Actions). The second component comprises horizontally-oriented actions to address specific SIS issues relevant to the ERA and which underpin the knowledge triangle (education-innovation-research) as a whole, for example, on issues such as Open Access; governance of emerging science and technology; women in science; science education and creativity and innovation.


Action Line 1: A more dynamic governance of the science and society relationship

SiS.2011.1.0-1 Mobilisation and Mutual Learning (MML) Action Plans on societal challenges

  • Specific Challenge 1: Moving towards a low-carbon society
  • Specific Challenge 2: A food dilemma: are technological innovations and health concerns reconcilable?
  • Specific Challenge 3: Marine resources, inland activities and sustainable development

Activity 5.1.1. Better understanding of the place of science and technology (S&T) in society

Area Relationships between science, democracy and law

  • SiS.2011.1.1.1-1: Involvement of civil society organisations in research
  • SiS.2011.1.1.1-2 Grant to an identified beneficiary: Polish Presidency Conference
  • SiS.2011.1.1.1-3 Regulating emerging scientific and technological developments
  • SiS.2011.1.1.1-4 Integrated assessment methods for measuring societal impacts of emerging scientific and technological developments
  • SiS.2011.1.1.1-5 A Forward Look at new ways of doing and organising research in our knowledge societies

Activity 5.1.2 Broader engagement to anticipate and clarify political, societal and ethical issues

Area Conditions for an informed debate on ethics and science

  • SiS.2011.1.2.2-1 Expert group on dealing with ethical and regulatory challenges of international biobank research

Activity 5.1.3 Strengthening and improving the European science system

Area Encouraging the debate on information dissemination, including access to scientific results and the future of scientific publications, taking also into account measures to improve access by the public.

  • SiS.2011.1.3.1-1 Reinforcing European strategies on access, dissemination and preservation of scientific information in the digital age
  • SiS.2011.1.3.1-2 Study to develop a set of indicators to measure open access

Area The reciprocal influence of science and culture

  • SiS.2011.1.3.4-1 Clusters of cities of scientific culture for innovation

Action Line 2: Strengthening potential, broadening horizons

Activity 5.2.1. Gender and research

Area Strengthening the role of women in scientific research and in scientific decision-making bodies

  • SiS.2011.2.1.1-1 Implementing structural change in research organisations/universities
  • SiS.2011.2.1.1-2: Survey on the existence of collective labour agreements in the field of public and private research.
  • SiS.2011.2.1.1-3 Expert group on innovation through gender

Activity 5.2.2 Young people and science

Area Supporting formal and informal science education in schools as well as through science centres and museums and other relevant means

  • SiS.2011.2.2.1-1 Supporting and coordinating actions on innovative methods in science education: teacher training on inquiry based teaching methods on a large scale in Europe

Area Research and Coordination Actions on new methods in science education

  • SiS.2011. Science and mathematics related activities carried out in pre-school and in the first years of primary schools: their link to the development of creative skills.
  • SiS.2011.2.2.3-2 European events to bring together young researchers with distinguished scientists as role models.

Action Line 3: Science and Society Communicate

Area Promoting excellent trans-national research and science communication by the means of popular prizes

  • SiS.2011.3.0.5-1 European Union Contest for Young Scientists (EUCYS) 2011

Area Research aimed at enhancing inter-communication concerning science, both in its methods and its products, to raise mutual understanding between the scientific world, and the wider audience of policy-makers, the media and the general public

  • SiS.2011.3.0.6-1 Science-Society interaction in the digital technologies era

5.4 Strategic Activities

  • SiS.2011.4.0.0-1 Studies to assist the European Research Area Board
  • SiS.2011.4.0.0-2 Supporting specific tasks of the network of Science in Society National Contact Points

European community funding

The Community provisional funding available for the call for proposals is:

  • 43,00 Million EUR (Orientation of the budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 20 January 2011 - 10 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Official webpage of the call

Useful documents

  • Work Programme 2011 - Science in Society (Work programme)
  • Call for Proposals - FP7-SCIENCE-IN-SOCIETY-2011-1 (Legal base)

Organisations eligible to participate

Opened to the following bodies or institutes with legal status established in the covered areas:

  • Any legal organisation

Covered areas

Bodies or institutes must have their registered legal seat in one of the countries taking part in the Programme which are:

  • European Union (EU)
  • European Economic Area (EEA)
  • Candidate Countries
  • European Free Trade Association (EFTA)

Directorate-Generale responsible

Directorate-General for Research

Related calls for proposals

Related calls

Explore other programmes