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.
The European social innovation competition is looking for ideas and projects that reduce plastic waste and littering through changing and improving existing processes or through introducing brand-new products and initiatives. These innovations need to reduce the amount of plastic waste created or encourage and enable the greater re-use and recycling of plastic waste Solutions should be scalable and target change at the systemic level: either locally, nationally or Europe wide, and be rooted in one of the following areas
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 are invited to take part in a Social Innovation Academy in Italy 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 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.
The competition is now in progress. It is open to individuals, groups and organisations across the European Union and in countries participating in the European Horizon 2020 programme (see list). The application period ended on 4 April.
The competition is governed by the rules of contest below, these are specified in the FAQs.
The competition for the impact prize 2019 is equally open. 2018 Semi-finalists will be contacted directly with more information on next steps by the competition organisers.
The European social innovation competition has been organised since 2012 in memory of Diogo Vasconcelos. Take a look at the previous competitions:
For questions about the competition, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org