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Social policy innovations supporting reforms in social services



The overall purpose of this call for proposals is to foster innovation and reforms in the social services to tackle the main challenges identified above and to develop innovative responses corresponding to national, regional and local realities and in line with the social investment approach. This call foreseen under EaSI Progress axis promotes the social policy experimentation as a method for testing and evaluating innovative solutions with a view to up-scaling them. The call has two objectives:1) using social policy innovations for undertaking structural reforms in the context of the Europe 2020 Strategy, in particular the Country Specific Recommendations received by the Member States as part of the European Semester; and2)  strengthening partnerships between public, private and civil society sector to involve in awareness raising activities about the use and benefits of social policy innovation.  The SIP calls upon Member States to pursue active policies prioritising social investment and the modernisation of welfare states. Social investment relies on social policy innovations to provide solutions that produce results better than the existing solutions or the status quo. Social policy innovations can help to create efficiency gains in social policies and to improve effectiveness in addressing societal challenges as well as to facilitate investment in human capital throughout the life course.  This approach is consistent with the emphasis on good governance of the European Union, i.e. the increased need to ensure quality of public spending while responding to citizens' needs and expectations. This implies the need to test the outcomes, the adequacy and effectiveness of social reforms in particular those addressed by the Europe 2020 Country Specific recommendations before their wide-scale implementation.  This entails supporting innovative reforms of service delivery with evidence of improved outcomes, achieved through strengthened partnerships between public, private and civil society stakeholders, including social entrepreneurs and social NGOs. The proposals should present long term perspectives on how successful innovations and reforms will be designed, tested and implemented. Focus areas of the call are the following: one-stop-shop approach, personalised approaches  and innovative partnerships.  U vindt meer informatie in de bijlage. 



The overall indicative amount made available for this call is 9 200 000 €. The grant requested must be 750 000 € minimum and 2 000 000 € maximum. The European Union financial aid granted will not exceed 80% of the total eligible costs of the action. The consortium members must guarantee the co-financing in cash of the remaining 20%. Contributions in kind are not accepted as co-financing.  The duration of the project must be between 24 months and 36 months.


Eligibility of the applicants 

1. The social policy experimentation project has to be submitted by a consortium of stakeholders involved in the process of social policy innovation. The lead applicant must be a public authority or a public body at national, regional or local level having a role to play in policy setting or delivering social services. Proposals must be submitted by the legal representative of the lead-applicant on behalf of all applicants. 

2. The proposal should include at least one co-applicant. Co-applicants must be public authorities at central, regional or local level, or bodies governed by public law, and/or civil society organisations, and/or private sector organisations. Including academic structures, research organisations or international organisations is strongly encouraged. 

3. Lead applicants and co-applicants must be properly constituted and registered legal persons, established in one of the EaSI Progress Axis 2014 participating countries (according section 2.6). 

4. Lead applicants and co-applicants need to confirm by commitment letters their participation in the project

Info & contact

Contacts between the contracting authority and potential applicants can only take place in certain circumstances and under the following conditions:  Before the final date for submission of proposals, at the request of the applicant, the European Commission may provide additional information solely for the purpose of clarifying the nature of the call. Any requests for additional information must be made in writing to empl-VP-2014-008@ec.europa.eu.  In the interest of equal treatment of applicants, the Commission cannot give a prior opinion on the eligibility of an applicant, a co-applicant or an action or on the outcome of the call before the official publication of results.  The Commission may, on its own initiative, inform interested parties of any error, inaccuracy, omission or other clerical error in the text of the call for proposals. Any additional information including that referred to above will be published on the internet in concordance with the various call-for-proposals documents.  ENQUIRIES SHOULD BE SUBMITTED BY E-MAIL ONLY, CLEARLY INDICATING THE REFERENCE VP/2014/0008, TO: empl-vp-2014-008@ec.europa.eu  Applicants are hereby informed that in the interest of transparency and equal treatment of applicants, no queries will be dealt with by telephone. 


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