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TOPIC : European Capital of Innovation prize

Topic identifier: H2020-European-i-capital-Prize-2017
Publication date: 22 March 2017

Types of action: RPr Recognition Prize
Opening date:
22 March 2017
Deadline: 21 June 2017 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
  Horizon 2020
Topic Description
Specific Challenge:

With their capacity to connect people, places, public and private actors, urban areas can substantially enhance innovation in Europe. Building on the success of this award first as a pilot and then as a full scale action in 2015, the award will continue in 2017 with a deeply renewed approach.

As in the first editions, it will aim to provide European recognition to those cities that make the most to promote innovation within their communities and thereby improve the quality of their citizens’ lives. The new award will strengthen its bottom-up approach by turning into a scheme to pilot citizens-led initiatives. It will mainly focus on experimentation, i.e. it will reward a city willing to propose itself as test-bed and run citizens-driven initiatives to find solutions for their relevant societal challenges. Impact will be a leading principle along with citizens' involvement.

The winning city will be awarded a prize of EUR 1,000,000. A second and a third prize of EUR 100,000 each will be also provided to the second and the third ranked (runner-ups) to support their networking activities. However, these cities will not hold the Capital of Innovation title.

For the purpose of this award, cities are 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.

The specific rules of the contest will be published in 2017 by the European CommissionOn the Participant Portal but also actively publicised elsewhere to maximise participation. The Commission will directly launch and manage the contest and award the prize based on the judgement of independent experts.

Expected Impact:

The award will illustrate on a European scale the commitment to innovation at city level, and will serve as model that can inspire and identify best practice to be replicated in other cities. At the city level, the recognition of successful innovation policies will raise the profile of the team and the political leaders that have developed and implemented these policies. The award will also help the city open up connections with other cities willing to learn and check which policies and activities could be transferable. This will allow the city to attract international interest in its activities.

Moreover, the prize will enhance citizens' feeling to contribute to the decision-making process, and will particularly stimulate them to develope new innovation activities, thus facilitating the city attractiveness towards investors, industry, top class researchers as well as talented and entrepreneurial individuals.

Cross-cutting Priorities:

Open Innovation
Socio-economic science and humanities

Topic conditions and documents

Please read carefully all provisions below before the preparation of your application.

  1. List of countries and applicable rules for funding: described in the Rules for Contest

  2. Eligibility and exclusion criteria: described in the Rules for Contest

    Proposal page limits and layout: Please refer to the Application Template

  3. Evaluation and award criteria and procedure: described in the Rules for Contest

  4.  Indicative timetable for evaluation and award of prizes:
    Deadline for submitting entries: 21 June 2017.
    Hearings in Brussels for the finalist cities: mid-September 2017.
    Award ceremony: November 2017

  5. Application templates and evaluation forms for prizes under this topic

     Additional provisions: described in the Rules for Contest and in the Application Guide

    The general rules for Prizes
    are described in part F of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme
  6. Additional documents:

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


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