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European Social Innovation Competition

European Social Innovation Competition

The European Social Innovation Competition (EUSIC) is a challenge prize run by the European Commission across all Horizon 2020 associated countries. Organised in memory of Diogo Vasconcelos, the Competition calls all Europeans to come up with solutions to the problems affecting our society. This year's competition will be launched with an event in Ljubljana on 28 February.

European Social Innovation Competition 2019

The first zero-waste capital Lublijana, Slovenia will be the backdrop for the launch event. The programme includes speeches from previous winners, input from experts and brainstorming sessions.

European Social Innovation Competetion 2019

The EUSIC 2019 launch event takes place in Ljubljana, Slovenia on 28 February.

The competition process

The competition has 3 phases:

Phase 1: Out of the total of eligible entries received by the deadline, 30 semi-finalists will be selected to receive mentoring support and further progress their ideas. They will be invited to take part in a Social Innovation Academy and to network with other European organisations and potential partners in their field.

Phase 2: Out of the 30 semi-finalists, 10 finalists will be invited to the awards ceremony where the 3 final winners received a prize of €50,000 each. 

Phase 3: in 2020, the competition amongst the 30 semi-finalists will be re-opened and will award the 2019 project having achieved the most significant results with an impact prize of €50,000.

To select the best entries throughout the competition, the European Commission is supported by an external jury.

Timeline of the competition

  • Launch of the competition: 28 February, Ljubljana
  • Deadline to submit an entry: To be announced
  • 1st jury meeting in Brussels: To be announced

Competition background

The competition is open to individuals, groups and organisations across the EU and in countries participating in the European Horizon 2020 programme (see list).

The competition is governed by the rules of contest below, these are specified in the FAQs. All documents are still available for information purposes only.

The timeline for the re-opening of the Competition for the impact prize will be announced in early 2019.

The European Social Innovation Competition has been organised since 2012 in memory of Diogo Vasconcelos. Take a look at the previous competitions:

For more information

Follow our #diogochallenge journey on Twitter: @EUSocialInnov  or see the European Social Innovation Competition 2019 website.

For questions about the competition, please email: