European Union (EU): Inviting Applications for the funding topic-Collective Awareness Platforms for Sustainability and Social Innovation.

Donor Name: European Union (EU)

Fund name: Horizon 2020

Topic identifier: ICT-11-2017

Funding brief: The European Union (EU) is seeking application for the funding topic- Collective Awareness Platforms for Sustainability and Social Innovation. Today Europe fails to capitalize fully on participatory innovation; more models and blueprints are needed to lead to new ways to produce collective intelligence in key sustainability areas, leveraging on open data, knowledge networks, open hardware and Internet of things. The challenge is to demonstrate that innovative combinations of existing or emerging network technologies enable new Digital Social Innovation which can better cope with emerging sustainability challenges, achieving mass adoption and measurable global impact.

1. Innovation Actions: pilots of Collective Awareness Platforms (CAPs) demonstrating new forms of bottom-up innovation and social collaboration exploiting digital hyper-connectivity and collaborative tools based on open data, open knowledge, open source software and open hardware, harnessing crowd sourcing or crowd funding models. Within this vision, target areas for pilots include:
● New participatory innovation models for economy and society, such as the collaborative or circular economy, collaborative public services and collaborative making;
● Solutions for sustainable lifestyles such as collaborative consumption and production, smart reuse and low carbon approaches;
● Emerging ethics of digital innovation, such as social entrepreneurship, direct democracy, privacy preservation and digital rights.

Proposals are expected to leverage on fresh grassroots ideas and civil society participation in the broad digital social innovation domain, and should:
● Include in consortia an existing and motivated community of citizens, to drive platform development;
● Base the platforms on an appropriate combination of existing or emerging network technologies (e.g. distributed social networks, wikis, sensors, blockchains);
● Demonstrate a durable multidisciplinary collaboration by including in the consortia at least two entities whose main focus of interest is beyond the ICT domain.

2. Coordination and support Actions, to coordinate and support the CAPs initiative and the underlying broader digital social innovation constituency, by identifying links and synergies among different projects, and ensuring visibility and contacts at European and international level.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of between EUR 0.2 and 0.8 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

Expected Impact:
Proposals should address as many as possible of the following criteria, possibly defining appropriate metrics to measure impact
● Demonstrate increased effectiveness, compared to existing solutions to societal and sustainability challenges, of new bottom-up, open and distributed approaches exploiting network effects and based on open data and open hardware;
● Capability to reach a critical mass of European citizens and to transpose the proposed approaches to other application areas related to sustainability;
● Achieve effective involvement of citizens and relevant new actors in decision making, collective governance, new democracy models, self-regulation, citizen science and citizens’ observatories, new business and economic models.
● Achieve measurable improvement in cooperation among citizens, (including elderly), researchers, public authorities, private companies and civil society organization in the development of new sustainable and collaborative consumption patterns, new lifestyles, and innovative product and service creation and information delivery.
● Demonstrate the applicability of concrete and measurable indicators to assess the social impact and the “social return of investment” of the proposed solutions.

Deadline:25 April 2017 17:00:00 (Brussels time)

Funding details link:

Budget limit: ICT-11-2017 – CSA Coordination and support action (Single stage- € 1,000,000 EUR) [a. Innovation Actions:  EUR 1 and 2 million; b. Coordination and support Actions: The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of between EUR 0.2 and 0.8 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.]

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Eligible organization: Preference will be given to proposals engaging civil society at large, for instance through NGOs, local communities, social enterprises, non-profit organizations, students and hackers.

A proposal/application will only be considered eligible if:
(a) its content corresponds, wholly or in part, to the topic/contest description for which it is submitted
(b) it complies with the eligibility conditions for participation set out in the table below,
depending on the type of action:

Innovation actions (IA): At least three legal entities. Each of the three must be established in a different EU Member State or Horizon 2020 associated country.All three legal entities must be independent of each other.

Coordination & support actions (CSA): At least one legal entity established in an EU Member State or Horizon 2020 associated country.

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List of countries and applicable rules for funding:
● Eligibility and admissibility conditions:
● Evaluation criteria and procedure, scoring and threshold:
● Submission and evaluation process:
● Innovation Action:
Standard proposal template:
● Coordination and Support Action:
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● Horizon 2020 budget flexibility:
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● Information and Communication Technologies:

How to apply: 1. For all actions under this Work Programme (except for ERC actions; see below), proposals/prize applications must comply with the admissibility conditions set out in this Annex, unless they are supplemented or modified in the call conditions or rules of contest.
To be considered admissible, a proposal/application must be:
(a) submitted in the electronic submission system before the deadline given in the call conditions or rules of contest;
(b) readable, accessible and printable.

  1. Incomplete proposals/applications may be considered inadmissible. This includes the requested administrative data, the proposal description, and any supporting documents specified in the call/contest.

  2. The following supporting documents will be required to determine the operational capacity for grant proposals, unless otherwise specified in the call:
    ● A curriculum vitae or description of the profile of the persons who will be primarily responsible for carrying out the proposed research and/or innovation activities;
    ● A list of up to five relevant publications, and/or products, services (including widely used datasets or software), or other achievements relevant to the call content;
    ● A list of up to five relevant previous projects or activities, connected to the subject of this proposal;
    ● A description of any significant infrastructure and/or any major items of technical equipment, relevant to the proposed work;
    ● A description of any third parties that are not represented as project partners, but who will nonetheless be contributing towards the work (e.g. providing facilities, computing resources)

3.Grant proposals must include a draft plan for the exploitation and dissemination of the results, unless otherwise specified in the call conditions. The draft plan is not required for proposals at the first stage of two-stage procedures.

  1. In addition, to the above admissibility conditions, the following related requirements apply.
    Page limits will apply to proposals/applications.
    Unless stated otherwise in the call conditions, the limit for a full proposal is 70 pages, except for coordination and support actions and ERA-NET Cofund actions, where the limit is 50 pages. The limit for a first-stage proposal is 10 pages. For prize applications, any specific limits will be set in the Rules of Contest.

If a proposal/application exceeds the limits, the applicant will receive an automatic warning, and will be advised to re-submit a version that conforms. After the call deadline, excess pages (in over-long proposals/applications) will be automatically overprinted with a “watermark”. Expert evaluators will be instructed to disregard these excess pages. The page limits and sections subject to limits will be clearly shown in the proposal templates in the Participant Portal electronic submission system. Proposals must be written in a legible font, further guidance on the use of fonts, margins and other page formatting will be included in the proposal templates. The structure of proposals must correspond to the requirements specified under each section of the proposal template.

Submission Service:To access the Electronic Submission Service of the topic, please select the type of action that is most relevant to your proposal from the list below and click on the ‘Start Submission’ button. You will then be asked to confirm your choice of the type of action and topic, as these cannot be changed in the submission system. Upon confirmation you will be linked to the correct entry point.

To access existing draft proposals for this topic, please login to the Participant Portal and select the My Proposals page of the My Area section.


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