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.
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:
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. The new CAPS projects have started in January 2016.
To find out about the projects that have been funded under the first calls, please check the ongoing projects.