Science with and for Society (SwafS) 2018-2020 Programme

SwafS is a Horizon 2020 programme that aims to build effective cooperation between science and society, to recruit new talent for science, and to pair scientific excellence with social awareness and responsibility.

Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) is the cornerstone of SwafS, allowing all societal actors to work together during the whole research and innovation process to better align both the process and its outcomes, with the values, needs and expectations of society.

There are 21 calls within the SwafS programme including:

  • Supporting research organisations gender equality plans
  • Exploring and supporting citizen science
  • Examining the role of science communication
  • Supporting researchers with refugee background
  • Developing methods for teaching ethics and research integrity

The 2018-2020 SwafS work programme can be found here.

Your privacy settings

In order to allow the use of multimedia content on this website you must accept the use of miscellaneous cookies.

Information presentation by the DG for Research and Innovation

The final round of the H2020 SwafS funding calls will open on December 10th 2019. More details about individual topics and call deadlines can be found on the European Commission website.

An overview of the H2020 - SwafS programme and the 14 topics that will be included in the 2020 Call is provided in this webinar. If you have any questions or would like to join the SwafS mailing list, please contact

Partner search form

If you would like assistance in identifying partners for your project please complete the Partner Search Form and return to

SwafS Knowledge Day & Brokerage Event

A SwafS brokerage event for the final round of the call will be organised in Warsaw on 15 October 2019 and will give participants the opportunity to join pre-arranged meetings with other participants in order to identify possible collaborators and to facilitate the setup of Horizon 2020 project consortia. During this day coordinators actively looking for project partners, will have a  possibility to present their project idea during a flash presentation session.

It will be linked to the knowledge day which will take place the day before (14 October 2019). The knowledge day will highlight all topics covered within the Horizon 2020 SwafS call for proposals and will target the SwafS NCPs as well as the SwafS stakeholders. It will serve as information day including training elements on most useful topics important for SwafS applicants. 

The event website including registration system is available here.

Financial support

Enterprise Ireland offers financial support for Irish-based researchers who intend to apply to an EU funding scheme as follows:

Travel grants for Academic Researchers

Researchers based in all Irish research performing organisations can apply to facilitate multiple visits to meet research partners in other countries.

Coordination Support for Academics

The maximum grant for academic coordinators under this support is €12,500. All research projects are eligible. Eligibility includes researchers employed in publicly-funded research performing organisations. Please note that you must have the support of your NCP prior to submitting an application for coordination support, and applications will only be accepted up to 10 weeks prior to the call deadline (or submission date) i.e 5th of February 2020 for SwafS calls.

Support for Companies Participating in H2020

Irish companies may be able to avail of financial assistance towards the cost of preparing a H2020 proposal through their development agencies. Further information can be obtained from your company assigned development advisor.

More information about these support grants can be found at

Visit Swafs Website 

A sample of ‘Science In Society’ projects funded under FP7