Societal Challenges

The Societal Challenges pillar is a challenge-based approach aiming to bring together resources and knowledge across different fields, technologies and disciplines, including social sciences and the humanities. This will cover activities from research to market with a new focus on innovation-related activities, such as piloting, demonstration, test-beds, and support for public procurement and market uptake.

Funding opportunity

Funding is available for projects within the following seven challenges:
  1. Health, demographic change and well-being
  2. Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime research and research in inland waters, as well as bio-economy
  3. Secure, clean and efficient energy
  4. Smart green and integrated transport
  5. Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials
  6. Inclusive, innovative and reflective societies
  7. Secure Society

The Commission is constantly publishing specific calls within each of the seven areas above, we recommend that you read the open calls on theParticipant Portal or contact us for a free Grant Scan analysis identifying your funding opportunities for your specific research and innovation projects.

The overall budget available is listed for each specific call, and the Commission is specifies the expected contribution from the EU in the call text. Typical research projects are in the range of €3-6m, with a few larger projects between €6-9m. The Commission requests different types of projects, overall distinguished between the following types and associated funding rates:

  • Research & Innovation Actions (RIA) Activities aiming to establish new knowledge or explore the feasibility of a new technology, product, process, service or solution. For this purpose, they may include basic and applied research, technology development and integration, testing and validation on a small-scale prototype in a laboratory or simulated environment). Funding rate: 100% + 25% in overhead (no overhead on subcontracting)
  • Innovation Actions (IA)Activities directly aiming at producing plans and arrangements or designs for new, altered or improved products, processes or services. For this purpose, they may include prototyping, testing, demonstrating, piloting, large-scale product validation and market replication). Funding rate: Normally 70% + 25% in overhead (no overhead on subcontracting). Non-profit beneficiaries may be reimbursed at 100%.
  • Coordination and Support Actions (CSA) Accompanying measures such as standardisation, dissemination, awareness raising and communication, networking, coordination or support services, policy dialogues and mutual learning exercises and studies). Funding rate: 100% + 25% in overhead (no overhead on subcontracting).

Eligibility criteria

Different eligibility criteria’s might apply depending on addressed call, please refer to the specific call text. Most calls require the participation of at least three partners from three different EU or EU associated countries, and the Commission expects consortia of 5-8 legal entities (universities, companies, government agencies).

Evaluation criteria

Proposals are typically evaluated based on the following three criteria’s:
  1. Scientific and / or technological quality (Excellence)
  2. Expected impacts (Impact)
  3. Quality and efficiency of the implementation (Implementation)

The evaluators grade each proposal from zero to five points for each of the above criteria with the score of three as the minimum threshold. Only top-ranked proposals reaching the established topic threshold may be invited for grant negotiations.

Programme homepage: Social Challenges

Please contact us and receive free Consulting and Grant Scan for an overview of your funding opportunities within Societal Challenges, contact Kenneth Junge Hermansen on +45 3120 5538 or write an e-mail to