• SC6: Europe in a world in constant change – Inclusive, innovative and reflective societies

Europe faces enormous challenges to reduce inequality and social exclusion. 80 million people are at risk of poverty and 14 million young people have no education, employment or training. We have not yet overcome the economic crisis that has led to unemployment rates of 12% in general and 20% among young people.

The reduction of inequalities and social exclusion in Europe are crucial challenges for the future of Europe. At the same time, there is great potential for Europe through opportunities provided, for example, by new forms of innovation and by the commitment of citizens. Support for inclusive, innovative and reflective societies is a prerequisite for sustainable European integration and will strengthen the evidence base for the Union for Innovation, the European Research Area and other relevant EU policies.

In summary, this program aims to promote a greater understanding of Europe by providing solutions and supporting inclusive, innovative and reflective European societies with an innovative public sector in a context of unprecedented transformations and growing global interdependence.

The current Work Program for Social Challenge 6 for 2018-2020 addresses 5 major challenges that the European Union is currently facing:

Migration: jobs, growth and investment

Unique digital market

Justice and fundamental rights based on mutual trust

Making the EU a stronger global player

Promote a democratic change Union

These challenges are aligned with 4 of the objectives of UE2020: employment, R & D, education, fight against poverty and social exclusion and are the result of the lessons learned in the previous periods:

More flexible work programs to address changing priorities

Although the first work programs were focused on the consequences of the crisis, the current one focuses on the work of the future: digital transformations will drive the economy and shape human productivity, which will require new knowledge and teaching models, as well as reorientations of the economic system (collaborative economy, smart specialization, disruptive innovations, etc.)

It gathers themes that had not been dealt with before about radical ideologies and social polarization

The work program is articulated through 3 calls: Migration, socio-economic and cultural transformations due to the 4th Industrial Revolution with a multidisciplinary approach, focused on social innovation and based on ICT and models of inclusive growth. Below are the topics in which each of them are divided:


Generation of evidence-based recommendations for the European and global government

Innovative solutions (ICT) for the successful integration of immigrants in European host societies

Strengthening international collaboration

Improving the response to international refugee protection, forced displacement management and concerns of host societies

Study of the effects of migration on social systems and the labor market

Budget: € 111 million

 Socio-economic and cultural transformations arising from the human-technology interaction due to the 4th industrial revolution:

Address the socio-economic and cultural challenges arising from the 4th industrial revolution in a context of globalization and digitalization to give alternative political options

Reinforce cultural benefits Economic and social derivatives of the 4th industrial revolution

Sustainable and equitable prosperity through innovation, co-creation and bottom-up solutions.

Budget: € 167M

 Government transformations (national and global) to face the new challenges of the future:

Development of government structures adapted to various relevant levels

Facing populism, the radicalization and polarization of society

International cooperation for global government and violent extremism

Collection of new evidence and development of political options in institutional and constitutional areas such as social rights, trust, citizenship, differentiation in the EU, open innovation, security and defense, digital democracy government of the digital single market.

Budget: € 139M

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