Citizens based suggestions for Horizon2020 topics

Following the release of 23 citizen-based suggestions for Horizon 2020, the CIMULACT project has demonstrated that the up-stream engagement of citizens is possible and marks a shift in how research can be defined.




Open science is not just about making science available to people; it is also about engaging people in setting the direction for research. Latter has been the core idea behind the ambitious participatory project CIMULACT, which has recently released 23 citizens based suggestions for Horizon 2020 topics.

The 23 topics target different challenges European citizens find in their everyday life and specify how research may address these challenges e.g. how we ensure equal and holistic health services for all; how we develop evidence based personalized healthcare; how education can be a driver for social innovation and local development or how we get smarter consumption.

During the project, more than 1500 citizens from 30 European countries, together with a variety of other actors, have been engaged in a large scale effort to collect citizen’s visions, needs and concerns in a format that has been transformed into concrete research and policy recommendation


“CIMULACT has accomplished something new, which already demarcates a shift in the view on how research can be defined.” -Lars Klüver, Director, Danish Board of Technology Foundation.


The goal of the 23 research topics is that they will be used by the European Commission when formulating the next round of Horizon 2020 topics. However, it is also the hope that results and the project’s methodology will inspire national research agendas across Europe.

The CIMULACT results are significant since they show that citizens – alongside experts and stakeholders – are capable of producing unique, concrete and innovative input to the European research and innovation agenda. However, they also demonstrate that it is feasible to open up science and enhance mutual understanding and collaboration between policy makers, researchers and citizens.

Your public engagement partner in Horizon 2020

The Danish Board of Technology Foundation (DBT) has 30 years of experience in developing and implementing methods of public engagement in research and innovation. We have coordinated numerous projects under FP5 (EUROPTA), FP6 (CIVISTI), FP7 (PACITA, Engage2020, DESSI) and H2020 (CIMULACT). Moreover, the DBT has participated as partner and work package leader in several other European research projects, such as SurPRISE, SATORI, Res-AGora, Human Brain Project, Foresight, BASE, CASI, SUBSOL, EUth and ASSET.

Please find our overview of what we can deliver in a joint project her