Science with and for Society


Science with and for Society (SwafS) will help build effective cooperation between science and society, to recruit new talent for science and to pair scientific excellence with social awareness and responsibility.

Science with and for Society will be instrumental in addressing the European societal challenges tackled by Horizon 2020, building capacities and developing innovative ways of connecting science to society. It will make science more attractive (notably to young people), raise the appetite of society for innovation, and open up further research and innovation activities. It allows all societal actors (researchers, citizens, policy makers, business, third sector organisations etc.) to work together during the whole research and innovation process in order to better align both the process and its outcomes with the values, needs and expectations of European society. This approach to research and innovation is termed Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI).


The Science with and for Society (SwafS) work programme 2016-2017 shall focus on four calls for proposals in which proposals are invited against specific topics:

  • Institutional Change to Support Responsible Research and Innovation in Research Performing and Funding Organisations
  • Embedding Responsible Research and Innovation in Horizon 2020 Research & Innovation
  • Strengthening the Science with and for Society Knowledge-Base
  • Developing Inclusive, Anticipatory Governance for Research & Innovation

SwafS calls in 2016 and 2017:


Publication date


Swafs-25-2016 (CSA)

15 October 2015

26 January 2016

Swafs-1-2016 (RIA)

Swafs-2-2016 (ERA-NET Cofund)

Swafs-3-2016-2017 (CSA) Swafs-4-2016 (CSA)

Swafs-7-2016 (CSA)

 Swafs-9-2016 (CSA)  Swafs-15-2016 (CSA)  Swafs-16-2016 (CSA)  Swafs-17-2016 (CSA)  Swafs-18-2016 (CSA)  Swafs-19-2016 (CSA)  Swafs-20-2016 (CSA)

13 April 2016

30 August 2016

Swafs-3-2016-2017 (CSA)  Swafs-5-2017 (CSA)

Swafs-6-2017 (CSA)

Swafs-8-2017 (RIA)

Swafs-10-2017 (RIA)  Swafs-11-2017 (RIA)  Swafs-12-2017 (RIA)  Swafs-13-2017 (RIA)  Swafs-14-2017 (RIA)  Swafs-21-2017 (CSA)  Swafs-22-2017 (CSA)  Swafs-23-2017 (CSA)  Swafs-24-2017 (CSA)  Swafs-26-2017 (CSA)  Swafs-27-2017 (CSA)

12 April 2017

30 August 2017

How to apply

Information on how to apply for Science with and for Society can be found on the Participant Portal, your single-entry point for interactions with the research and innovation programmes of the European Commission.

Open Calls

SwafS – Open Calls