More than any other academic fields, the social sciences are strategically placed to build bridges between academia and society, and to support policy-makers in crafting evidence-based responses. 

In the CIVICA alliance, we link research, innovation and knowledge transfer across borders and sectors to find solutions for the benefit of all society.

In January 2021, the alliance launched an ambitious research and innovation dimension, CIVICA Research. The project aims to give voice to social science research on the world's most pressing challenges and to deepen research collaboration within and beyond CIVICA.

Focus areas

CIVICA strives to find solutions to complex societal challenges through a series of integrated activities focused on four key topics: 

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CIVICA Research

New funding provided by the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme has allowed us to establish CIVICA Research, a joint long-term research and innovation environment that complements our education strategy.

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CIVICA Research blog

Check out the CIVICA Research blog to learn more about our latest research and news from our joint research initiatives.

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Call for posters 2023

PhD and postdoctoral researchers are invited to submit posters to share their findings with peers working in the social sciences across Europe. The posters will be exhibited at the CIVICA Research Conference, taking place at Sciences Po on 12-13 October 2023 in Paris, France.

Apply by June 30

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