Addressing radicalization through social inclusion

SU-GOVERNANCE-09-2020 (RIA Research and Innovation action)

Horizon 2020 Framework Programme CLOSED


The spread of radical ideologies leading in some cases to violence has prompted the EU and its Member States to develop prevention policies and effective intervention scenarios supporting social inclusion. To further develop and proactively target the needs of policymakers and practitioners, a comprehensive evidence base analysis on trends in radical ideologies and extremism and on the drivers of polarisation and radicalisation is necessary.


Based on empirical and multidisciplinary approaches, proposals should assess the multiple drivers and manifestations of radical ideologies prone to incite or lead to violence, both societal (including religious) and political, as well as the physical and online contexts for their propagation. Complementary knowledge on non-radicalising identity, belonging, disengagement and detachment should also be formulated in order to provide a holistic framework for assessing and proposing preventive measures in terms of social policies and interventions. A focus should be on the psychological and social mechanisms of alienation and radicalisation of youth in urban and peri-urban contexts. Research should develop new methodologies, where appropriate and evidence based policy recommendations in close collaboration with civil society and policy makers. Proposals should rely on extensive fieldwork and construct a solid empirical base. Research must consider gender perspective where relevant.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU in the order of EUR 3 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. This does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

Expected Impact

Actions should provide a holistic evidence base to support situation analysis. They will increase the capacity to quickly identify and actions should provide comprehensive data bases, evidence based analysis and sector scenarios to support holistic situation analysis. They should increase the capacity to quickly identify and reach at-risk groups and thereby contribute to better targeted and more effective policies and interventions, as well as identify their optimal implementation tools. The ultimate goal is to increase awareness and resilience in at-risk demographics and introduce preventive, countering and de-radicalisation approaches as applicable.

Where applicable the proposals should demonstrate how they will effectively build on the relevant previous and on-going EU funded (including but not limited to the Horizon 2020 both Societal Challenge 6 and 7, and Internal Security Fund - Police) radicalisation projects.

Cross-cutting Priorities

Socio-economic science and humanities

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Humanities : Anthropology & Ethnology, History, Philosophy, Theology and religion
Social sciences : Demography, Law, Economy, Geography, Management and Public administration, Gender studies, Identities, gender and sexuality, Psychology & Cognitive Sciences, International Relations, Political science, Information and Communication Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Sociology