The Commission launched today, March 30th, the 11th edition of the European Social Innovation Competition. The prize promotes social innovation’s potential to solve societal challenges and foster sustainable and inclusive growth in Europe.
Launched in 2013 in memory of social innovation pioneer Diogo Vasconcelos, the European Social Innovation Competition features three awards worth €50,000 each for the best social innovation projects designed to improve the world.
The Competition is open to social innovators from EU Member States and countries associated to Horizon Europe. Independent experts will evaluate social innovation applications considering the following criteria:
1. Degree of Innovation – the degree to which any new product, service or model is new for its given context in connection to the challenge of the Competition. The idea must be new and innovative within its given socio-economic and geographical context;
2. Impact – the potential of the proposal to tackle the competition challenge. The applicant must demonstrate how the proposed solution will contribute to solving the challenge;
3. Viability– the financial and environmental sustainability of the proposal;
4. Scalability and replicability – the idea’s potential to scale and be replicated at regional, national, European, or global levels.
Consult further details and exceptions in the Rules of contest.
The Competition is open for applications until May 30th 2023 (17:00:00 CET).
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