The 2021 European Social Innovation Competition (EUSIC) is organised by the European Commission (hereinafter referred to as ‘the Commission’) and the European Innovation Council and Small and Medium Enterprises Executive Agency – EISMEA (hereinafter referred to as ‘the Agency’) is seeking applications for the 2021 edition is: Skills for Tomorrow – Shaping Green and Digital Future Challenge.
The “Skills for Tomorrow” 2021 Competition is looking for scalable social innovations that will contribute to job creation, growth and European competitiveness by helping people, businesses and industries identify, develop and strengthen the skills that will power the European economy’s green and digital future. The Competition is open to early stage ideas that tackle different challenges including but not limited to identifying and mapping skills gaps, skills development and training. Solutions can relate to the skills needed for the green future, the digital future or both but all solutions must take their own environmental impact into consideration.
All ideas are welcome, and they particularly encourage concept or early stage ideas as well as those that have begun the prototyping stage. The Competition aims to support the development of new and early-stage solutions related to the annual theme, and to help them reach the stage of prototyping and implementation.
The competition aims at stimulating social innovation’s potential to provide solutions to societal challenges and foster sustainable and inclusive growth in Europe. It will directly support some ideas best illustrating that potential. It will engage citizens, businesses (including start-ups) in a large range of sectors, as well as universities, business and engineering schools, thereby creating new connections, sources of growth and job opportunities.
- The Competition will support the winning solutions of the 2021 Challenge prize with three cash awards of 50.000 euros to each of the best three ideas, from those selected as finalists.
- The Competition is open to any legal entity (including natural persons) or group of legal entities, except public administrations, established in EU Member States or Associated countries to Horizon Europe.
- Ideas and proposals from all sources, sectors and all types of organisations including for-profit, not-for-profit, or private companies are welcome. Applications involving several organisations and/or from various countries are also possible.
- have already received an EU or Euratom prize cannot receive a second prize for the same activities.
- are subject to an administrative sanction (i.e. exclusion)
- bankrupt, being wound up, having their affairs administered by the courts, entered into an arrangement with creditors, suspended business activities or subject to any other similar proceedings or procedures under national law
- are declared in breach of social security or tax obligations by a final judgment or decision
- are found guilty of grave professional misconduct by a final judgment or decision
- are convicted of fraud, corruption, involvement in a criminal organisation, money laundering, terrorism-related crimes (including terrorism financing), child labour or human trafficking
- have shown significant deficiencies in complying with main obligations under a procurement contract, grant agreement or grant decision financed by the EU or Euratom budget
For more information, visit https://eusic.challenges.org/