The Competition acts as a beacon for social innovators across Europe, incentivising & rewarding early-stage ideas, shaping our society for the better.
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.
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
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
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
The 2022 call for proposals is now closed.
You can consult the EIC Work Programme 2022 featuring the full EUSIC call text.
- 2021Skills for tomorrow - Shaping a green and digital future
- 2020Reimagine Fashion
- 2019Challenging Plastic Waste
- 2018Re:think Local
- 2017Equality Rebooted
- 2016Integrated Futures
- 2015New Ways to Grow
- 2014The Job Challenge
- 2013New forms of work
For more information please contact us at EISMEA-EUSIC@ec.europa.eu.
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