Providing support in a changing world of work and social protection


Programme Category

EU Competitive Programmes

Programme Name

Horizon Europe (2021-2027)

Programme Description

Horizon Europe is the European Union (EU) funding programme for the period 2021 – 2027, which targets the sectors of research and innovation. The programme’s budget is around € 95.5 billion, of which € 5.4 billion is from NextGenerationEU to stimulate recovery and strengthen the EU’s resilience in the future, and € 4.5 billion is additional aid.

Programme Details

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Innovative research is needed to explore and provide new insights into the impact of change on reducing socio-economic inequality, the consequences of growing poverty, protecting people from all forms of hardship, and the self-employed as needed to move towards more stable employment relationships in the European labor market and related welfare systems, in order to ensure that welfare systems are adapted accordingly and continue to fulfill the above roles.

Detailed Call Description

Research activities may focus on the interaction between welfare policies and labour market aspects of demographic change.  They may alternatively concentrate on the interaction between welfare policies and labour market aspects of globalisation (such as trade liberalisation, immigration, tax competition, etc.), of digitalisation or of the green transition (such as task automation, increased career heterogeneity, job transitioning, work-home balance, need for reskilling, upskilling and lifelong learning, etc.). For example, proposals may consider the impact of an ageing population on public revenues and expenditure, while exploring alternative tax structures, tax bases and revenue sources to be implemented in an increasingly globalised economy. Proposals may otherwise investigate the impact of precariousness, unemployment and increasing job transitions on the psychosocial work environment, on social security systems, economic competitiveness and the overall mental health and wellbeing of concerned individuals, including children and youth. Furthermore, they may explore the ways in which market access and digitalisation should be shaped to enable transitions into decent work and increased socio-economic security and the role of welfare on stimulating entrepreneurship and risk-taking.

Where relevant, activities should build upon existing research, draw lessons from recent policy interventions in a contextual and transdisciplinary manner and propose adjustment measures, or test them through social innovation experiments.


Providing support in a changing world of work and social protection

Call Total Budget

€9,00 million

Financing percentage by EU or other bodies / Level of Subsidy or Loan


EU contribution per project:  between €2,00 and € 3,00 million

Thematic Categories

  • Migration and Citizenship
  • Research, Technological Development and Innovation

Eligibility for Participation

  • Central Government
  • International Organisations
  • Local Authorities
  • NGOs
  • Non Profit Organisations
  • Researchers/Research Centers/Institutions

Call Opening Date


Call Closing Date


National Contact Point(s)

Research and Innovation Foundation

Strovolos Avenue 123, 2042 Nicosia, Cyprus, P.O.Box 23422, 1683 Nicosia

Dr Angelos Ntantos
Scientific Officer
Telephone: 35722205033

Dr Ioannis Theodorou

Scientific Officer
Telephone: 35722205038

(Publish Date: 29/07/2021-for internal use only)