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Innovative societies - Innovation, economy, living

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This programme intends to foster cooperation and confrontation of the approaches of the disciplines of the humanities and social sciences and issues raised by other scientific disciplines and by technological development. It particularly aims to strengthen research partnership between firms and teams of the social sciences and humanities. One of its objectives is to practice a systematic interdisciplinary approach between laboratories and firms in various thematic fields (ICST, nanotechnologies, materials, energy, transport, housing, environment, food and agricultural production, industrial processes, health, etc.) and social sciences and humanities which are interested in socio cultural development in individual and social behaviour, and in economic models.

The programme is open to all scientific disciplines, provided that consortia include at least one SSH team (public or private sector). Partnership with businesses, public authorities, associations or organisations, are encouraged.

The scientific objectives of the programme are to:

  • understand the modes of dissemination, appropriation/rejection of innovations, regardless of their nature; contribute to the study of integration processes of novelty by individuals, groups, societies;
  • develop the analysis of the new economic and social frameworks raised by the social change, the globalisation of trade, or by the ecological, energy, primary resources constraints and by the emergence of new technologies;
  • anticipate structural changes of societies and economies; anticipate changes in individual and collective behaviour; develop the possibilities of a prospective reflection on the modalities for the transition to new forms of organised life in society;
  • promote comparative approaches between sectors of activities, territories, countries and companies, as well as temporal and international comparisons;
  • foster emerging research projects involving companies, including partnership between the SSH teams and businesses and communities.

The programme is structured around four main themes:

1. Innovations and representations

  • Representations, appropriation, resistances
  • Innovation and risk
  • Multiplicity of knowledge and expertise
  • Forms of interaction between innovators and companies

2. Innovations, social changes and ways of life

  • Innovations and social change
  • Innovation, learning, creation of new capabilities
  • New frontiers between human and the technical
  • Imagining the client of the future

3. Innovations and economic models

  • Towards new economic models?
  • Construction of markets
  • Eco-innovations, innovations under constraints and economic models
  • Open science and innovation

4. Configurations, actors, dynamics

  • Innovation in space and time
  • Innovation and business strategyInnovation and expertise
  • Communities and innovations
  • Institutional innovations
  • Innovation, risk and regulation
  • New paradigms for innovation in globalization
  • Uncertain paths of innovation

General information

Attention: the contact details mentioned below may not be valid as of today. In order to find the adequate contact details, please consult the "departments" section.

The complete submission file comprises two documents that must be filled out:

  • The "scientific document" is the scientific and technical description of the project. The document template is available in Word format (*.doc) in the download section. Once completed, this document is to be uploaded to the submission website in PDF format.
  • The administrative and financial document is completed online on the submission website. For foreign partners, only names and contact details need to be provided. Once scanned in PDF format and signed by the partners, the coordinator must upload it to the submission website.

Contact details and more information on the programme can be found on the webpage dedicated to the "Innovative Societies" programme.

Release date of the call: Wednesday 13 March 2013

Deadline for submission of proposals: Thursday 6 June 2013 13:00