Copernicus Hackathon Programme

Copernicus Hackathon Programme
Published on: 23/05/2017 Last update: 11/10/2017
Deadline: 07/09/2017
The European Commission is launching a call for proposals for the organisation of the Copernicus Hackathon Programme. This programme aims at financing the organisation of 20 hackathons in Europe every year for two years.

The purpose of this call is to select a single organisation which will coordinate the programme on behalf of the Commission. The coordinator of the programme should support entities wanting to organise a Copernicus Hackathon. The functioning of the Copernicus Hackathon Programme is summarised in this diagram:

Hackaton grant flow chart

The call covers:

  • Financial support to the organisers of 20 hackathons per year for two years (€20,000 per hackathon)
  • Coordination of the programme, in particular:
    • communication about the programme to maximise the number of applications
    • organisation of the open selection of hackathon projects, including the design of the application procedure and the organisation of the meetings of the panel of judges
    • logistical support to organisers of hackathons (advice, speakers, material, design of a standard agenda, access to IT tools etc.)
    • secretarial support to the programme (day-to-day interactions with applicants and organisers of hackathons)
  • Reporting to the Commission

The maximum budget allocated for EU financing under this call is €1,200,000, including:

  • €800,000 to be allocated to the organisers of 20 hackathons every year for two years (maximum €20,000 per hackathon) for a maximum budget of €800,000
  • €400,000 for the coordination of the Copernicus Hackathon Programme, including logistical support to the organisers of hackathons

Maximum EU financing rate of eligible costs:

  • 85% for the organisation of hackathons
  • 85% for the coordination of the Copernicus Hackathon Programme



Indicative timing

Publication of the call

May 2017

Deadline for submitting applications

September 7 2017, 17:00

Information to applicants

October 2017

Signature of grant agreement

November 2017

Starting date of the action/work programme

December 2017

Indicative duration of actions

30 months


Applications from natural/legal persons established in one of the following countries are eligible:

  • EU countries
  • Iceland
  • Norway

Consortia are not eligible

Submission of proposals

The full text of the call for proposals is available below. A model grant agreement is also available for information (but the call for proposals takes precedence over it).

Applicants should use the Electronic Submission System (SEP) to submit their proposal. You will need to create an 'EU Login' account (formerly 'ECAS') if you do not already have one. 

The deadline for electronic submission is 7 September 2017 at 17.00 (Brussels time).

Additional information

More on the Copernicus programme

More on the Copernicus start-up programme

Video presentation


Potential applicants should address questions related to the content of this call to:

The email subject should be 'Copernicus Hackathon Programme'. Only questions sent to this mailbox will be answered.

Answers will be published periodically and within a reasonable period of time on this page.

The deadline for submitting questions related to this call is 28 August 2017.

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