Call for proposals 2021 - Protecting and nurturing democracies HORIZON-CL2-2021-DEMOCRACY-01 Open!

Objectives

Expected impact

Proposals for topics under this Destination should set out a credible pathway to contributing to the following expected impacts of the Horizon Europe Strategic Plan:

  • Democratic governance is reinvigorated by improving the accountability, transparency, effectiveness and trustworthiness of rule-of-law based institutions and policies and through the expansion of active and inclusive citizenship empowered by the safeguarding of fundamental rights.

The implementation of the research activities of the destination will assist in the re-invigoration and modernisation of democratic governance. The aim is to develop evidence-based innovations, policies and policy recommendations, as well as institutional frameworks that expand political participation, social dialogue, civic engagement, gender equality and inclusiveness. Activities will also contribute to enhancing the transparency, effectiveness, accountability and legitimacy of public policy-making. They will help improving trust in democratic institutions, safeguarding liberties and the rule of law and protecting democracy from multidimensional threats. Rich historical, cultural and philosophical perspectives, including a comparative dimension, will set the frame for soundly understanding present developments and help to map future pathways. In the medium to long term, the knowledge, data, scientifically robust recommendations and innovations generated will enhance decision making on all aspects relevant to democratic governance. As the Destination aims directly at citizen engagement and at producing lasting change, it is of particular importance that the research and innovation actions promote the highest standards of transparency and openness. When applicable, it is encouraged to open up the process, criteria, methodologies and data to civil society in the course of the research.

Actions

This call covers the following topics:

  • HORIZON-CL2-2021-DEMOCRACY-01-01: The future of liberal democracy in Europe (HORIZON-RIA - HORIZON Research and Innovation Actions)
  • HORIZON-CL2-2021-DEMOCRACY-01-02: Economic models and modern democracies (HORIZON-RIA - HORIZON Research and Innovation Actions)
  • HORIZON-CL2-2021-DEMOCRACY-01-03: Feminisms for a new age of democracy (HORIZON-RIA - HORIZON Research and Innovation Actions)
  • HORIZON-CL2-2021-DEMOCRACY-01-04: Democratic politics in the EU’s neighbourhood (HORIZON-RIA - HORIZON Research and Innovation Actions)
  • HORIZON-CL2-2021-DEMOCRACY-01-05: Politics and governance in a post-pandemic world (HORIZON-RIA - HORIZON Research and Innovation Actions)

European community funding

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

  • 49,50 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 07 October 2021 - in 13 days (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Official webpage of the call

Useful documents

  • Work Program (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)

Directorate-Generale responsible

Directorate-General for Research

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