Financing the HSS

The Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) in general, and the Humanities in particular, tend to suffer from underfunding, with a consequent effect on their internationalisation. At the European level,the SSH, and the humanities in particular have great difficulty entering major framework programme financing. At national levels, the situation varies from country to country with a mix of state and private funding ...

Lack of funding, and the consequent lack of internationalisation, means that opportunities are being missed within Europe. These include the social, cultural and economic impacts that have been put asiude in favour of short term economic considerations. At a European level, this will not necessarily improve within the Horizons 2020 programme as disciplines struggle to enter consortia on their own terms rather than simply as accessories.

The situation is not good for the HSS in general, but is far worse if only the humanities are considered. The situation varies across disciplines, but what funding is available tends to be for mobility and not the large funds necessary to carry out real international research.The EvalHum Project sets out to address the issue of how rankings and evaluation of research interact in the Humanities and Social Sciences, leading to a certain lack of recognition within the European Research Area, and a clear underfunding in the EU framework programmes. Its central premise is that there is a lack of clear evaluation procedures that both recognise the specificities of HSS research, and allow appropriate comparative benchmarking across disciplines and across national borders. By looking at the interaction between national and international funding and evaluation procedures, we aim to create the conditions whereby the HSS can take their destiny into their own hands and build a stronger European Research Area.