The world is changing fast. Global issues require global solutions, and science transcends national borders. Collaborators can no longer be confined to traditional partners. Social sciences and humanities need to be at the centre of an integrated approaches to tackle our society’s most pressing issues in a sustainable and holistic way.
India is a growing research performing nation in terms of investment in science and technology, and within the FP7 SSH programme it was one of Europe’s major partners. India is also an important country in terms of global societal challenges. Expanding research networks and opportunities between the EU and India in the field of social science and humanities is thus crucial.
The overall aim of the EqUIP is therefore to develop the right conditions for enhanced collaboration between Europe and India in the Social Sciences and Humanities, at the level of both research funders and researchers. In particular, EqUIP has four key objectives:
- Provide a more coherent overview of the current scope of collaborative activity between Europe and India in the Social Sciences and Humanities.
- Develop best practice approaches and indentify challenges for research cooperation between Europe and India in the Social Sciences and Humanities.
- Identify, through the networking of existing projects, opportunities and priorities for future research collaboration between Europe and India in the Social Sciences and Humanities, with a view to influence policy documents and future Horizon 2020 Work Programmes for the Societal Challenges.
- Establish networks of pan-European and Indian researchers in the social sciences and humanities conducting excellent research addressing cutting edge research questions.
EqUIP’s broader and long-term ambition is to provide the foundations for enhanced inter-agency cooperation between research funding agencies in India and Europe in the social sciences and humanities. In particular, EqUIP’s benefits will be:
- A stronger European Research Area and the building of new networks with India
- A stronger position of arts and humanities and social sciences in the context of Horizon 2020
- Better approaches to assess impact of EU-India research collaboration
- A path for future collaborations at EU and Member States level with India