Discover the upcoming EU Calls for Proposals below:

Deadline: 21 November 2023, 17:00 CET

Proximity and social economy industrial ecosystem: boosting the digital transition of social economy enterprises and SMEs

Theme(s):  Digital transition

Following the launch of the Transition Pathway for the Proximity and Social Economy Ecosystem, the European Commission just launched an exciting call for proposals under the Single Market Programme to boost the digital transition of social economy enterprises and SMEs.
The aim of the call is to turn digital challenges into opportunities, ensuring a fair and inclusive digital transition and strengthen the capacity of social economy ‘enabling organisations’ in supporting members, clients and stakeholders in their digital transition.

The call supports the implementation of the Transition Pathway for proximity and social economy. Applications need to address at least one of the seven action areas of the digital chapter in the transition pathway:
1. New business models – the platform economy
2. Data Maturity and data driven business models
3. Public and private tech partnerships and support
4. Data sharing, Data management & Code of Conduct
5. Supporting Digital Social Innovation & Tech for Good entrepreneurship
6. Access to technology
7. Boosting digital skills by – and in the social economy

Rate of co-financing: up to 100% of the eligible costs for financial support to third parties and up to 90% of the eligible costs for other cost categories.

Deadline: 30 November 2023, 17:00 CET

ESF+ Social Innovation+ Initiative to support National Competence Centres for Social Innovation

Theme(s): Social innovation

This call for proposals is the second call for proposals under the ESF+ Social Innovation+ Initiative and builds on the first call for proposals in 2020, which led to the successful creation of National Competence Centres for Social Innovation (NCCs) in several EU Member States.

Hence, with the second call for proposals, with a budget of 8 million Euros, projects are asked to focus on the professionalisation and further development of the NCCs and/or the development creation of NCCs in a EU Member State where they have not yet been created.
6-8 transnational projects are expected to be funded. To fulfil the eligibility criteria a consortium must include an applicant and at least two co-applicants. The members of the consortium shall represent at least 3 different EU Member States.

Deadline: twice a year

Permanent Call European Social Economy Regions

Theme(s): social economy at regional/local level

The ESER initiative was launched in February 2018 to raise awareness about social economy at regional/local level and to build a network of social economy stakeholders. It brings together regional authorities, municipalities and other local administrations and counts to date 51 members. Members benefit through the network by being part of a peer community, accessing and exchanging information as well as through participating in workshops and other activities organised by fellow members and the European Commission. The European Social Economy Regions Network has been involved in the ‘Road to Mannheim’ events as well as the  Transition Pathway for the ‘Proximity and Social Economy’ ecosystem.

Applications to join the Network can be submitted via the rolling call for Expression of Interest.

Check more EU Calls for Proposals below:

Deadline: until 2027.

The next cut-off date will be next year on 25 January 2024 at 17:00 CET.

Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE) 2021-2027

Theme(s): Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE) certification

Under the Erasmus+ programme, this call sets out the basic principles and minimal requirements with which Higher Education Institutions must comply. The Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE) is a quality certificate offered by the EU for Higher Education Institutions. It is a prerequisite for all Higher Education Institutions in eligible countries to apply for Erasmus+ calls. The certification is for the entire duration of the Erasmus+ programme 2021-2027.

When applying, Higher Education Institutions should demonstrate that modernisation and internationalisation are part of their strategy, that they actively participate in transnational cooperation projects and contribute to the mobility of staff and students. Therefore, if you are a Higher Education Institutions and would like to apply for EU funding in the future this is a call you should not miss.

Deadline: 7 February 2024, 17:00 CET

Strengthen economic fairness and resilience of active labour market policies and address high unemployment

Theme(s): Barriers to employment, labour market, skills strategies and skill development

This call for proposals will support the research of different types of active labour market policies enacted by EU Member States, especially in areas of skills development during economic downturns, and their effect on people facing economic challenges. Proposals should focus on the ways in which active labour market policies can be strengthened to provide economic fairness and resilience.

Research activities may focus on the response of public authorities to the COVID-19 crisis and estimate their effectiveness including displacement and substitution effects. Or focus on mapping the barriers to participation for disadvantaged groups with a high degree of unemployment (e.g. people at risk of poverty, people coming from rural communities), or explore gender dimension.

Overall, the activities should contribute towards the improved understanding of macro effects of labour market policies, skills strategies and skill development and towards improving policy design to increase labour market participation and employment in a context of high unemployment and high number of job vacancies, notably in low and high skilled jobs.

Deadline: 7 February 2024, 17:00 CET

The role of social economy in addressing social exclusion, providing quality jobs and greater sustainability

Theme(s): Social inclusion, social economy

Rulebook, the European Pillar of Social Rights. Yet, there is an uneven development of the social economy within the EU and a major untapped economic and job creation potential for the social economy in several Member States and regions.

Therefore, activities under this call for proposals should provide a comprehensive analysis of the extent to which social economy contributes to countering social exclusion in the EU, in Associated Countries and in Third Countries, what services it provides, and compare efficiency, cost and quality aspects of services provided by the social economy with those of other providers. Proposals are invited to tackle (one or more) different angles of socio-economic exclusion, identify best innovative practices and provide policymakers with recommendations in the field of social economy support.

Overall, these activities should contribute towards addressing the challenges of policy and legal frameworks that hinder the thriving and scaling of social economy activities. Moreover, they should contribute towards the better integration of social economy organisations in addressing social exclusion and providing quality jobs in multilevel policymaking as well as to improve the working conditions in social economy organisations.

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