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.

About this programme

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 2018-2020 shall focus on five calls for proposals in which proposals are invited against specific topics:

  • Accelerating and catalysing processes of institutional change
  • Stepping up support to Gender Equality in Research & Innovation policy
  • Building the territorial dimension of SwafS partnerships
  • Exploring and supporting citizen science
  • Building the knowledge base for SwafS
 

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SwafS  

 Report Science with and for society in Horizon 202...

This European Commission document reports on the Horizon 2020 Science with and for Society (SwafS) project portfolio results. The objective of this report is to convey the achievements of the SwafS part of Horizon 2020, stemming from funded projects and key activities. Its purpose is to serve as input for the preparation of the Horizon Europe progr... read more 

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AVIA-GIS / SMEinstrument

Avia-GIS is a Belgian innovative SME established in 2001. They have built research and public authority trust over the past 19 years and developed a unique, disruptive software suite - VECMAP® - that will support society to overcome one of its important health threats, the spreading of Pests of Public Health importance.

With the help of a Horizon 2020 SME Instrument-phase 2 project, they will be able to add Integrated Pest Management (IPM) functionalities and bring VECMAP®IPM to the market. Within 5 years Avia-GIS will enable 2000 SME pest controllers and 2340 local authorities to shift to IPM strategies. With the grant they will raise revenue from 2 M€ to 14.2 M€ in 2024, and increase the headcount from 15 to 58.

The Horizon 2020 grant was an essential component of their second investment round. To date Avia-GIS already raised 1 M€ in additional private equity and they are now are seeking to complement this with an equal amount as a subordinate loan.

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