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TOPIC : Horizon Prize for Social Innovation in Europe

Topic identifier: SC6-Social-Innovation-Prize-2019
Publication date: 27 November 2017

Types of action: IPr Inducement Prize
Opening date:
27 November 2017
Deadline: 28 February 2019 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
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Pillar: Societal Challenges
Work Programme Year: H2020-2016-2017
Topic Description
Specific Challenge:

Innovations are new or significantly improved goods, services, processes and methods which are social when they aim at gains for society rather than for the individual, i.e. when they are good for society and enhance society’s capacity to act. Very often social challenges cannot be met with traditional recipes and approaches.

The European Commission plans to launch a € 2 Million Horizon prize on social innovation in the area of Aging Population to stimulate novel replicable solutions for the benefit of European citizens. By 2025 more than 20% of Europeans will be 65 or over, with a particularly rapid increase in the number of people aged over 80 years.


For selecting the specific challenge to be addressed, the European Commission invited citizens to "vote" through an easy to use on-line system. The general public were invited to cast their vote online via the domain from all across Europe on among following five topics:

  1. Obesity in children

  2. Aging population

  3. Immigrants in the labour market

  4. Women entrepreneurship and women-led enterprises

  5. Citizens for clean energy

The topic with the most votes was Aging Population. An inducement prize, incentivizing communities to bring about innovations to solve problems in the area, will be launched in 2017. The specific rules of the contest will be published in 2017 by the European Commission on the Participant Portal but also actively publicised elsewhere to maximise participation. The European Commission will directly launch and manage the contest and award the prize based on the judgement of independent experts.

The specific rules of contest will more fully describe the prize which may award more than one winner and contain more than one award category.

With the prize on Aging Population the European Union would like to bring about novel ways to respond to issues and opportunities of aging, and ensure a good quality of life and well-being of the elderly, and make active ageing a reality by keeping older people healthy, independent and fulfilled, including life satisfaction and social activities.

Expected Impact:

The social innovation Horizon prize will pull together society's resources from different spheres including the public, private and social economy to deliver new solutions to the challenge of Aging Population. The aim is to spur interest and citizen's engagement, incite new collaborations, incentivize behavioural change towards a particular issue, attract new dynamic innovators to the area, mobilise additional private investment for innovation, generate social solutions and encourage a European social innovation "doers" community, while creating jobs and opening markets in new areas and create new social value, relationships and collaborations.

Cross-cutting Priorities:

Open Innovation
Socio-economic science and humanities

Topic conditions and documents

1. Eligible countries: described in part 4 of the Rules of the Contest.  


2. Eligibility and exclusion criteria: described in part 4 of the Rules of the Contest.

The contest is open to any legal entity established in an EU Member State or in an Associated Country.

Special rules may apply for entities from certain countries (see General Annex C to the Main Work Programme).


3. Proposal page limits and layout: Please refer to the application template. The page-limit for Part B is 20 pages.


4. Evaluation and award criteria and procedure: described in part 5 of the Rules of the Contest

The prize will be awarded, after closure of the contest, to the contestants who in the opinion of the jury demonstrate a solution that best addresses the following cumulative criteria. Further clarification of these award criteria will be published in the Rules of Contest.

  1. Social impact

  2. Economic impact

  3. Community engagement

  4. Scalability and replicability

  5. Sustainability of the solution

  6. Originality and creativity

  7. Measurability


5. Indicative time for evaluation and award of prizes: 

Opening of the submission

27 November 2017

Deadline to declare intention to participate

31 July 2018

Closing date for submission

28 February 2019 at 17:00 CET


March to June 2019


Third quarter of 2019


6. Application template:

This application template serves as an example. The form to be used for submission will be available in the submission system.

Members of consortium are not required to conclude a consortium agreement.


7. Additional documents:

For readers' convenience, informal translations of the Rules of the Contest have been made available in French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and German.  However, only the English version will be legally binding.

General reference documents may be found below:

1. Introduction WP 2018-20
13. Europe in a changing world - inclusive, innovative and reflective societies WP 2018-20
General annexes to the Work Programme 2018-2020

Legal basis: Horizon 2020 Regulation of Establishment
Legal basis: Horizon 2020 Rules for Participation
Legal basis: Horizon 2020 Specific Programme


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Type of Action Inducement Prize [IPr]
Topic Horizon Prize for Social Innovation in Europe - SC6-Social-Innovation-Prize-2019
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