Societal Challenges

The societal challenges in Horizon 2020 reflect European policy priorities addressing major concerns shared by citizens in Europe and elsewhere. A challenge-based multidisciplinary approach will bring together resources and knowledge across different fields, technologies and disciplines, including social sciences and the humanities.

  • 1: Health, demographic change and well-being

    The Health Challenge aims to improve health and well-being during our entire lives.

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  • 2: Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine, maritime and inland water research, and the bio-economy

    The Food and Bioeconomy Challenge aims at making the best of our biological resources in a sustainable way.

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  • 3: Secure, clean and efficient energy

    The Energy Challenge aims to support the transition to a reliable, sustainable and competitive energy system.

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  • 4: Smart, green and integrated transport

    The Transport Challenge aims to develop a European transport system that makes efficient use of energy and resources, is climate and environment friendly, safe and offers fast and efficient transport for people and goods.

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  • 5: Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials

    The Climate Challenge aims to increase sustainability of our economy and society as a whole.

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  • 6: Europe in a changing world - inclusive, innovative and reflective societies

    The Inclusive Societies Challenge aims to support inclusive, innovative and reflective European societies in a context of unprecedented transformations and growing global interdependencies.

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  • 7: Secure societies - protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens

    The Secure Societies Challenge aims to protect citizens, society and economy as well as infrastructures and services, prosperity, political stability and wellbeing.

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