All participating countries are required to contribute to the central coordination costs, composed of a basic membership fee and an additional amount, calculated according to the GDP of each country. In addition, each country covers the cost of fieldwork and national coordination.
Prior to the award of ERIC status, the ESS was funded on a round-by-round basis. The central coordination and design was funded through the European Commission, the European Science Foundation (ESF) and national funding councils.
The Statutes of the ESS ERIC provide comprehensive details of the funding arrangements.
Active Horizon 2020 projects
European Research Infrastructure Consortium Forum (ERIC Forum)
This project aims to provide collective support from existing ERICs to research infrastructures (RI) interested in becoming an ERIC. This includes the development of best practice guidance related to the ERIC legal framework and the creation of a repository for relevant documents - such as internal regulations and rules of procedures - to be made publicly available online. The project will run until December 2022.
In June 2020, the ERIC Forum published a position paper on how ERICs contribute to the five mission areas of Horizon Europe: The ERIC community and Horizon Europe mission areas.
Research Infrastructure Visibility (RI-VIS)
RI-VIS is designed to increase the visibility of European research infrastructures (RI) to new communities in Europe and beyond. The ESS is one of 13 partners working in the fields of biomedical sciences, environmental sciences and the social sciences. The project will run until December 2021.
Social Sciences and Humanities Open Cloud (SSHOC)
The €14.5m project, which runs to April 2022, aims to create an open platform where data, tools and training are available and accessible for users of social sciences and humanities (SSH) data. The ESS will lead on work package 4 of the project - Innovations in Data Production - which will realise a number of initiatives associated with the creation of data. It aims to develop a sample management system which meets the needs of high-quality cross-national probability-based online panels. The work package will also explore innovations in Computer Assisted Translation and Computer Assisted Recorded Interviewing.
Next Steps in Securing the Sustainability of the European Social Survey (ESS-SUSTAIN-2)
Following the success of implementing ESS-SUSTAIN (grant agreement number 676166), ESS-SUSTAIN-2 began in January 2020 and was expected to run for three years, until December 2022. Following a successful application by the European Social Survey ERIC for a six-month extension to the project, ESS-SUSTAIN will now run until 30 June 2023.
The €4.9m project is being coordinated by the ESS and includes 16 other partners based across Europe. These are CentERdata (The Netherlands); Hungarian Academy of Sciences (Hungary); Institute for Advance Studies (IHS) (Austria); Institute of Social Sciences (Serbia); Institute of Sociology of the Academy of Sciences (Czechia); Catholic University of Leuven (KU Leuven) (Belgium); NatCen Social Research (United Kingdom); National Institute for Public Policy Analysis (INAPP) (Italy); Sciences Po (France); Tilburg University (The Netherlands); Umeå University (Sweden); University of Belgrade (Serbia); University of Iceland (Iceland); University of Lisbon (Portugal); University of Milan (Italy); and University of Turku (Finland).