Digital Agenda for Europe
A Europe 2020 Initiative

Collective Awareness Platforms for Sustainability and Social Innovation

Overview of the past and future CAPS calls
Overview of CAPS calls
Although there is consensus about the global span of the sustainability problems that are affecting our current society, including economic and social models and the environment, there is little awareness of the role that each and every one of us can play to ease such problems.
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"Be the change you wish to see in the world". (Mahatma Gandhi)

The initiative "Collective Awareness Platforms for Sustainability and Social Innovation" (CAPS) aims at designing and piloting online platforms creating awareness of sustainability problems and offering collaborative solutions based on networks (of people, of ideas, of sensors), enabling new forms of social innovation.

CAPS are expected to support environmentally aware, grassroots processes and practices to share knowledge, to achieve changes in lifestyle, production and consumption patterns, and to set up more participatory democratic processes. 

What for?

Such platforms can have very concrete impacts, for instance in empowering and motivating citizens to make informed decisions as consumers, or in fostering collective environmentally-savvy behavioural changes and a more direct democratic participation. Concrete examples of emerging areas include:

  • Open Democracy: enabling citizens' participation in democratic processes by developing and applying new tools (e.g. voting, online consultation)
  • Open Policy Making: better decision making based on open data  
  • Collaborative Economy: lending, exchange, swapping made to operate at scale
  • Collaborative Making: developing new ways of manufacturing
  • Collaborative Consumption: rethinking consumerism
  • New Collaborative approaches to inclusion, agriculture, health, disaster management


How to build platforms for Collective Awareness and Action?

CAPS is part of the research priorities of the Horizon 2020 research programme of the European Commission. There are two topics related to CAPS which will be called for in the upcoming 2016-17 Work Programme:

Please also check the H2020 participant portal for further information (deadlines, topic description, funding schemes).

The last call for proposals for CAPS was launched in 2014 with a total budget of 43 million euro. Nearly 200 proposals were submitted, of which 24 have been selected for funding. Detailed information about these projects will be published as soon as possible (expected starting date for most projects is January 2016).

To find out about the projects that have been funded under the first calls, please check the ongoing projects.

For additional information:

Last updated on 16/10/2015 - 16:01