About Horizon Europe Culture, creativity and inclusive society
Activities contributing to the destination "Innovative Research on Democracy and Governance" provide knowledge, data, scientifically robust recommendations to reinvigorate democratic governance and improve trust in democratic institutions. In the long- term, this will contribute to help safeguard fundamental rights to empower active and inclusive citizenship. By doing so, they will also strengthen accountability, transparency, effectiveness, and trustworthiness of rule of law-based institutions and policies. Activities will develop recommendations to protect liberties and the rule of law, and shield democracy from multidimensional threats. They will aim to expand political participation, social dialogue and social inclusion, civic engagement, and gender equality.
Activities contributing to the destination “Innovative Research on European cultural heritage and the cultural and creative industries” protect, conserve, restore and repair Europe’s important cultural heritage, promote its use as one of the substantial European resources, boost its traditional and contemporary arts and create wider awareness. Activities will promote and valorise Europa’s cultural heritage and arts, while increasing their international competitiveness and firming the social fabric at European, national, regional, or local level.
Activities contributing to the destination "Innovative Research on Social and Economic Transformations", help tackle social, economic, and political inequalities, support human capital development and contribute to a comprehensive European strategy for inclusive growth. This also involves understanding and responding to the impacts of technological advancements and economic interconnectedness with a view to social resilience. The Cluster will support EU migration and mobility policies, both internal and external, while aiming to promote integration.
Finally, and equally importantly, the Cluster will address societal impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in all its Destinations with the objective to better understand and overcome the current crisis, increase societal resilience, and counter future crises of the kind.
For more elaborate information on eligibility, please see the specific calls.
Below are the upcoming deadlines for Horizon Europe Culture, creativity and inclusive society. Expect 1-2 months for the proposal writing process.
Scope: Big data and AI are shaping our societies at an unprecedented rate. We produce an ever-increasing amount of data revealing people’s attitudes, preferences, views and opinions. Public and private actors collect it and use it in multiple ways: e.g. companies “privatise” data to augment commercial returns while, on the other hand, state actors can use it for safety and security applications and the public sector to provide better, tailored services to citizens.
AI and big data open great opportunities in many fields of public interest: education, training, health, safety and security, public services, as well as for democratic processes and civic participation. However, both private and public uses contain some risks at the expense of citizens’ rights. These technologies, being at the forefront of datafication processes, pose new challenges both to core individual values such as privacy, freedom and equality, as well as to European collective values, such as fairness, security, inclusiveness, accountability and democratic control.
Expected Outcome: Projects should contribute to at least two of the following expected outcomes:
- Protect fundamental rights and European values from possible threats stemming from unregulated use of artificial intelligence (AI) and big data applications.
- Explore the potential of AI and big data to reinforce fundamental rights and European values. Examine the effectiveness of monitoring and control protocols of established legislation and non-regulatory measures over AI and big data development and implementations.
- Introduction of values-based frameworks to inform data governance and regulate the use of AI and big data.
- Innovative uses of AI and big data to enhance citizen engagement and democracy.
CALL ID: HORIZON-CL2-2022-DEMOCRACY-01-01
Scope: A robust, independent and transparent media landscape ensuring a plurality of views is an essential part of a functioning democracy. Through control and criticism, offering a stage for the competition of ideas and interests and promoting political participation, inclusion and responsible action of citizens, the media can be a powerful source of legitimation and external check on incumbent authorities. As recalled by the recent European Democracy Action Plan adopted by the European Commission, media plays a central role as the “fourth pillar of democracy” by informing citizens and holding public institutions and businesses to account as well as by enhancing democratic values such as pluralism and tolerance.
Expected Outcome: Projects should contribute to all of the following expected outcomes:
- Demonstrate how citizens and policymakers can contribute to a healthy and reinvigorated democracy through media.
- Improved quality, accountability and transparency of media production and distribution processes, and contribution to a more resilient democratic institutional framework.
- Enhanced citizen’s participation and decision-making through enlightened access to pluralistic media content.
CALL ID: HORIZON-CL2-2022-DEMOCRACY-01-06
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