SHARE is preparing for new Horizon Europe calls
The EURATOM Research and Training Work Programme 2021-2022 has been published last Friday (reference documents). The first calls are already open. Integration of Social science and Humanities in R&D related to ionising radiation has been recognised as crucial by the Commission and its committees. Moreover, ‘mono’ disciplinary research in SSH related to ionising radiation is encouraged. This is reflected in many chapters in the Programme document. For instance:, “Attention should be paid to the needs of all Member States, as potentially identified within EURAD, PREDIS and SHARE, including those without NPPs, and to the requirements of Directive 2011/70/Euratom” (p.36) or ““The partnership would need to take account of present state of knowledge and priorities identified in the Strategic Research Agenda of MELODI (low dose radiation), ALLIANCE (radioecology), EURADOS (dosimetry), NERIS (nuclear emergency preparedness) and EURAMED (medical exposures), SHARE (social sciences and humanities) and SNETP (sustainable nuclear energy technology platform)” (p.41).
There is an opportunity for SSH contributions to R&D in all fields, for instance in radiation protection: “… citizens should continue to be involved by supporting open and participatory approaches to research and innovation in the field of radiation protection. Good decisions call for consideration of societal issues and of citizen involvement in the options and assessment of risks associated with radiation exposure” (p.41); and in nuclear technology: “The action should identify societal, political, cultural and ethical dimensions of the use and development of nuclear technologies in different European countries and analyse how policies and practices in the nuclear field can be informed with insights on social and ethical factors affecting public and political acceptance of nuclear power. The recommendations for mechanisms of interaction between public, civil society, decision-makers and researchers (in particular in social sciences and humanities, SSH) should be developed” (p.53); and in decommissioning: “One of the lessons learned in decommissioning and waste management is that the efficiency of a technological development depends not only on the techniques used or an operator’s ability but also on regulatory aspects, and other societal dimensions” (p.37).
SHARE will assist SHARE members in participating in SSH research in HORIZON EUROPE wherever possible and will help members to connect with official beneficiaries (e.g. POMs) in their respective counties. For some calls, affiliation with a POM is a requirement for participation e.g. in the radiation protection Co-Fund call. In this way, SHARE will ensure that members’ scientific capacity, Institutes and universities – upholding high SSH research standards – are available for new project proposals and in networking for consortiums.