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Call: Competence centres for social innovation

Acronym EaSI
Type of Fund Action programme
Description of programme
"EaSI - Programme for Employment and Social Innovation"

The Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) programme is a financing instrument at EU level to promote a high level of quality and sustainable employment, guaranteeing adequate and decent social protection, combating social exclusion and poverty and improving working conditions.


  • Strengthen ownership of EU objectives and coordination of action at EU and national level in the areas of employment, social affairs and inclusion
  • Support the development of adequate social protection systems and labour market policies
  • Modernise EU legislation and ensure its effective application
  • Promote geographical mobility and boost employment opportunities by developing an open labour market
  • Increase the availability and accessibility of microfinance for vulnerable groups and micro-enterprises, and increase access to finance for social enterprises
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Competence centres for social innovation
Description of call
"Competence centres for social innovation"
One of the main reasons is that promoting social innovation requires specific capacities and knowledge, not only in communicating the concept of social innovation, but also in empowering and connecting social innovation initiatives, through the provision of suitable examples, tools and methodologies. The call will therefore fund the development and establishment of national competence centres, their activities to promote social innovation in the country (in particular by assisting stakeholders in the design, implementation and scaling up of successful innovative actions), and mutual learning, as well as mentoring of less advanced centres by more experienced ones combined with networking between the different competence centres and other key stakeholders.
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Thematic Focus Capacity Building, Cooperation Networks, Institutional Cooperation
Funding area EU Member States
Origin of Applicant EU Member States
Eligible applicants Education and Training Centres, Federal State / Region / City / Municipality / Local Authority, Research Institution, Lobby Group / Professional Association / Trade Union, International Organization, Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, SMEs (between 10 and 249 employees), Microenterprises (fewer than 10 employees), NGO / NPO, Public Services, National Government, Start Up Company, University, Enterprise (more than 250 employees or not defined), Association
Project Partner Yes
Project Partner Details Only consortia are eligible.
  • To be eligible, the consortium, must include a lead applicant and at least one co-applicant. The lead applicant and the coapplicant(s) must come from at least two EU Member States. 
  • For every EU Member State covered, the consortium must include at least one Managing Authority of the European Social Fund or a (public or private) entity with an endorsement from the national Managing Authority confirming that it will recognise it as (part of the) competence centre for social innovation for that EU Member State. The purpose of the endorsement is to avoid multiple competing applications covering the same EU Member State. 
  • Please note that the competence centre does not have to be one single organisation but can be formed by a network of several organisations. Organisations looking for partners, in view of submitting a joint proposal, can express their interest by returning the partner search form.
Further info The indicative duration of the project should be 24 months
Type of Funding Grants
Financial details Total budget: 5 million €
The Commission expects to fund 7- 9 proposals
Co-financing rate: max. 80%
Submission Applicants must submit the form both electronically (via SWIM) and in hard copy to:
Call for proposals VP/2020/010 – DG EMPL
CAD J-27 00/120
B-1049 Bruxelles - BELGIUM
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