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European Innovation Council
The European Social Innovation Competition

The Competition acts as a beacon for social innovators across Europe, incentivising & rewarding early-stage ideas, shaping our society for the better.

2022 edition

The 2022 edition of the prize is now closed. The three winners of the Challenge Prize were awarded on 2 February 2023 at the European Social Innovation Academia.

The Challenge of the 2023 European Social Innovation Competition is “Fighting Energy Poverty”, applications will be open in March 2023. 

Discover the 2022 winners and jury members


The competition supports innovators to develop their ideas into working solutions, and facilitates a network of radical innovators shaping our society. This prize acknowledges the social innovation as a potent approach for responding to societal challenges.

Launched in 2013 in memory of social innovation pioneer Diogo Vasconcelos, the European Social Innovation Competition (EUSIC) awards three Challenge Prizes and one Impact Prize for the best socially innovative projects for a more inclusive, just and sustainable Europe. 

Learn more about  the history of the competition.


In 2022, there are two categories to apply: 

The Challenge Prize

European Social Innovation Competition 2022 - Challenge Prize

The Challenge Prize is looking for projects with a particular focus on breakthrough, market-creating and deep-tech innovations embracing the policy of this year edition: ‘the future of living, innovation for affordable, and sustainable housing districts’.

Any natural person or legal entity from the EU and Horizon Europe Associated Countries may apply. 


Read more about the 2022 Challenge Prize 


The Impact Prize

European Social Innovation Competition 2022 - Impact Prize

The European Social Innovation Impact Prize 2022 aims at recognizing the efforts made by the semi-finalists of the European Social innovation competition challenge prize 2021 edition to evolve their original applications, develop the best impact methodology, and demonstrate the best results among all participants.

Only semi-finalists of the European Social Innovation Competition Challenge Prize 2021 edition can apply


Read more about the 2022 Impact Prize 

Funding opportunities

The 2022 call for proposals is now closed.

You can consult the EIC Work Programme 2022 featuring the full EUSIC call text.

12 MARCH 2021
EIC work programme - 2022
(1.76 MB - PDF)


Previous editions

  1. 2021
    Skills for tomorrow - Shaping a green and digital future
  2. 2020
    Reimagine Fashion
  3. 2019
    Challenging Plastic Waste
  4. 2018
    Re:think Local
  5. 2017
    Equality Rebooted
  6. 2016
    Integrated Futures
  7. 2015
    New Ways to Grow
  8. 2014
    The Job Challenge
  9. 2013
    New forms of work

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