The programme

The aim of the Science with and for Society programme is to build effective cooperation between science and all members of society, to recruit new talent for science and to pair scientific excellence with social awareness and responsibility. Societal Challenges form one of the major tenets of Horizon 2020 and the Science with and for Society programme will be instrumental in addressing these challenges through improving connectivity and building capacities in the research and innovation (R&I) system.

This programme aims to enhance the link between the R&I process and the values, needs and expectations of society in Europe.  It encourages every member of society to work together to develop a more responsible approach to R&I, from researchers to policy makers, businesses to citizens.

Further information about the funding provided can be found in the work programme for 2016–2017.

Information presentation by the DG for Research and Innovation

Find out more about call deadlines.

Partner search form

If you would like assistance in identifying partners for your project please complete the attached partner search form and return to [email protected]

Financial support

Enterprise Ireland offers financial support for Irish-based researchers who intend to apply to an EU funding scheme. More information about this support grant can be found here.

National Contact Point (NCP)

Margie McCarthy acts as Ireland’s National Contact Point (NCP) and National Delegate (ND) for Science with and for Society. Her role involves the provision of information and support to applicants as well as ensuring a national input into policy and strategy on a European level.

Margie McCarthy

National Contact Point and National Delegate for Science with and for Society
Science Foundation Ireland
Email: [email protected] 
Tel: +353 (0) 1 607 3020

A sample of ‘Science In Society’ projects funded under FP7

EU funding received: €3,748,689

Inquiry-based science education (IBSE) is a methodology which has the potential to increase young people's interest in science and to positively impact their long-term engagement in science. However, in order to promote the use of IBSE in classrooms across Europe, teachers first must be supported through appropriate teacher education and must be provided with appropriate teaching and learning resources.

Led by a team in Dublin City University (DCU), SAILS will run from 2012–2015, and is related to an earlier FP7-funded project, ESTABLISH (see below for more information). SAILS aims to provide teacher education workshops in IBSE and to promote a self-sustaining model encouraging teachers to share experiences and to apply inquiry-based approaches to teaching, learning and assessment. The SAILS consortium is made up of 12 participating countries, bringing together more than 60 partners from 14 organisations, including universities, a small-medium enterprise and a multinational organisation. They aim to work together to promote and disseminate inquiry-based approaches for science teaching, learning and assessment to national and international stakeholders. By adopting a pan-European approach, SAILS aims to ensure that the diverse practices built up in each country can be analysed and shared, resulting in the development of models of best practice.

More information about the SAILS project.

EU funding received: € 1,496,348

Co-ordinated by the Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin (TCD), the StudioLab project was inspired by the merging of the artist’s studio with the research lab to create a hybrid creative space.  StudioLab aims to develop a new European platform for creative interactions between art and science, and through the project, major players in scientific research are brought together with centres of excellence in the arts and experimental design. StudioLab’s activities fall within three key dimensions — incubation of art-science projects, education, and public engagement — and focus on three main themes at the frontiers of science: the Future of Water, Synthetic Biology, and the Future of Social Interaction. Across these three themes and strands, Studiolab partners are developing products and activities with educational, social, cultural, or commercial value as well as a unique programme.

For more information, please visit the StudioLab website.

EU funding received: €3,389,648

ESTABLISH, which ran from 2010–2013, was co-ordinated by a team at Dublin City University (DCU). The overall objective of the project was to facilitate and implement an inquiry-based approach to science education for second level students across Europe, bringing together the key stakeholders in science education.

The ESTABLISH project addressed this challenge and brought together a consortium of over 60 individuals from 11 European countries (Ireland, Germany, Sweden, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Malta, Netherlands, Estonia and Italy). They worked with local teachers and students to develop and implement inquiry-based science education (IBSE) teaching and learning materials and evaluation tools which are culturally adapted for use in each country.

More information about ESTABLISH.