CALL: INNOVATION CAPITAL PRIZE
Call identifier: H2020-EUROPEAN-I-CAPITAL-2015 Publication date: 01 July 2015
Call summary and aimsBudget Information:
With their capacity to connect people, places, public and private actors, urban areas can substantially enhance innovation in Europe. This award will aim to provide European level recognition to those cities that make the most to promote innovation within their communities and thereby improve the quality of their citizens’ lives. It will address the challenge of fostering innovation through actions at city level, by acknowledging innovative solutions to build up an innovation ecosystem and ideas to further expand and scale up these initiatives, thereby leveraging and inducing further systemic innovation in cities.
Scope: For the purpose of this award, a "city" is understood to be an urban area, excluding metropolitan areas, larger urban zones and conurbations, and is understood as an administrative unit governed by a city council or another form of democratically elected body. It will be considered as a whole system, including built environment, municipal authorities and citizens, organizations and public structures, as a platform capable of facilitating the growth and development of creativity and innovation in its different meanings.
Expected impact: The award will illustrate at the European level the commitment to innovation at the city level and to inspire and share best practice with other cities in Europe and act as innovation ambassadors further afield. At the city level, the first impact will be the recognition of successful innovation policies within a city which raises the profile of the team and the political leaders that have developed and implemented these policies. Secondly, the award will help the city open up connections with other cities that would wish to learn from the city and analyse which policies and activities could be transferable. This will allow the city to attract international interest in its activities. Thirdly, the prize should encourage and contribute to enabling the city to develop new innovation activities made possible only by the access of funding from the prize and by attracting investors, industry, top class researchers as well as talented and entrepreneurial individuals and so strengthening the innovative potential of the city in general.
Budget: Three prizes will be awarded: a first prize of EUR 950,000, a second prize of EUR 100,000 and a third prize of EUR 50,000. Prizes paid in one instalment.
The Commission plans to award the European Capital of Innovation 2016 following a European-wide contest. The new Capital of Innovation will use the prize money to scale up its innovation activities. This should encourage and contribute to enabling the city to develop new innovation activities by attracting investors, industry, top class researchers as well as talented and entrepreneurial individuals. The second and the third ranked cities will also receive cash prizes.
Deadline to submit applications: 18 November 2015 at 17:00:00 (Brussels local time)
09 July 2015 13:32
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