31 Mar 2023 Updates

The European Social Innovation Competition

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 prizes for the best socially innovative projects for a more inclusive, just, and sustainable Europe.

Learn more about  the history of the competition.


The 2023 challenge

This year’s the European Social Innovation Competition 2023 will focus on ‘Fighting energy poverty’ – Repower EU.

Proposed solutions can focus for example on aspects related to monitoring, awareness raising, specific target groups, pricing models, production, consumption and energy savings, renovations, energy community and joint investments, or investments among others. In this context, social innovations could result in a new or adapted service or business model or technologic development.

Three winners will be rewarded with EUR 50 000 each.


Funding opportunities

The 2023 call for proposals is now open until 30 May 2023, 17:00 CET.

You can consult the EIC Work Programme 2023 featuring the full EUSIC call text.

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