Cluster 2 - Horizon Europe

Under the Pillar 2 of Horizon Europe, Cluster 2 “Culture, Creativity and Inclusive Society” focuses on challenges pertaining to democratic governance, cultural heritage and the creative economy, as well as social and economic transformations.

The Cluster aims to contribute to all policy priorities of the Commission, namely the new push to European democracy, an economy that works for people, the European Green Deal, making Europe fit for the digital age, promoting our European way of life and making Europe stronger in the world. It also addresses issues relevant to the twin Green and Digital transitions and the post-COVID 19 recovery. Future projects should deliver on the three intervention areas matching the Horizon Europe Strategic Plan (2021-2024):

  • Democracy and governance
  • Cultural heritage
  • Social and economic transformations

All topics under this Cluster are expected to mainstream Social Sciences and Humanities and to include a gender dimension. See an example of a successful project in this video.

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Forthcoming deadlines

The deadline for 2024 calls under Cluster 2 will be 7th February 2024 – for the calls:

  • Past, Present and Future of Democracies: HORIZON-CL2-2024-DEMOCRACY-01
  • Research and innovation on cultural heritage and CCIs – 2024: HORIZON-CL2-2024-HERITAGE-01
  • Inclusiveness in times of change HORIZON-CL2-2024-TRANSFORMATIONS-01

Future call deadlines will be announced in 2024 and published here when known.

More details about the 2024 calls can be found in the Cluster 2 Work Programme or via the Funding and Tenders Portal.

SSH Opportunities & Interdisciplinary in Horizon Europe

Dr Beatrice Lucaroni, EU Commission Senior Policy Officer, talks about the integration of Social Science and Humanities in Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe.

Presentations by experienced Irish PIs, focused on career development and successful experiences with interdisciplinary consortia. Slides available for download here:

Useful resources

Patrick Lansley ( is the Cluster 2 National Contact Point based at the Irish Universities Association.

The Irish Research Council holds the national support roles for Cluster 2. The NCP service is carried out by the IUA under a partnership with the IRC, the national support agency for Horizon Europe Cluster 2 and joint NCP for ERC.