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Call: Co-creation for growth and inclusion

Type of Fund Action programme
Description of programme
"Horizon 2020 - Societal Challenges "
A challenge-based approach will bring together resources and knowledge across different fields, technologies and disciplines, including social sciences and the humanities. This will cover activities from research to market with a new focus on innovation-related activities, such as piloting, demonstration, test-beds, and support for public procurement and market uptake.
Funding focuses on the following challenges:
  • Health, demographic change and wellbeing;
  • Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research, and the Bioeconomy;
  • Secure, clean and efficient energy;
  • Smart, green and integrated transport;
  • Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials;
  • Europe in a changing world - inclusive, innovative and reflective societies;
  • Secure societies - protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens.
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Description of programme
"Europe in a changing world - Inclusive, innovative and reflective societies"

This subprogramme will address social exclusion, discriminations and various forms of inequalities. It will explore new forms of innovation and strengthen the evidence base for the Innovation Union, the European Research Area and other relevant EU policies. It will promote coherent and effective cooperation with third countries. Finally, it will address the issues of memories, identities, tolerance and cultural heritage. The approach adopted in the present calls is in line with the Horizon 2020 Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) cross-cutting issue, engaging multiple actors including society, integrating the gender and ethical dimensions, ensuring the access to research outcomes. Some Topics deal specifically with formal and informal (science) education.

Co-creation for growth and inclusion
Description of call
"Co-creation for growth and inclusion"

Europe is facing the need to identify the obstacles to and to find untapped sources of growth and employment, renewing the legitimacy of public policy-making, especially through greater citizens’ involvement, and of delivering better public services for all.


These issues need to be understood and addressed (cf. stronger evidence-base) in order for Europe to progress at socio-economic, political, educational and cultural levels, taking into account an increasingly interconnected and interdependent world. An emerging approach for tackling many of these issues is to encourage creativity and collaboration between various societal actors through co-creation. It is therefore proposed to focus on co-creation for growth and inclusion: engaging citizens, users, academia, social partners, public authorities, businesses including SMEs, creative sectors and social entrepreneurs in processes that span from identifying problems to delivering solutions.


Proposals are invited against the following topics:

  • Education and skills: empowering Europe’s young innovators
  • User-driven innovation: value creation through design-enabled innovation
  • Piloting demand-driven collaborative innovation models in Europe
  • Applied co-creation to deliver public services
  • Co-creation between public administrations: once-only principle
  • Policy-development in the age of big data: data-driven policy-making, policy-modelling and policy-implementation
  • Towards a new growth strategy in Europe - Improved economic and social measurement, data and official statistics
  • Better integration of evidence on the impact of research and innovation in policy making
  • A European map of knowledge production and co-creation in support of research and innovation for societal challenges
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Thematic Focus Research & Innovation, Technology Transfer & Exchange
Funding area EU Member States
Candidate Countries
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Iceland / Ísland
Norway / Norge
Switzerland / Schweiz / Suisse / Svizzera
Ukraine / Україна Oukraïna
Origin of Applicant EU Member States

Albania / Shqipëria
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Iceland / Ísland
Montenegro / Crna Gora/Црна Гора
North Macedonia / Северна Македонија
Norway / Norge
Serbia / Сpбија
Switzerland / Schweiz / Suisse / Svizzera
Turkey / Türkiye
Ukraine / Україна Oukraïna
Eligible applicants Education and Training Centres, Research Institution, Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, SMEs (between 10 and 249 employees), NGO / NPO, Start Up Company, University, Enterprise (more than 250 employees or not defined), Association
Project Partner Yes
Project Partner Details

Depending on the activity under this call, the general rule is that the reqiured number of partners is between one and three legal entities each of which is established in a different EU Member State or Horizon2020 associated country.


Under the topic Co-creation between public administrations: once-only principle -  Innovation Action, the large scale pilot shall include a minimum of six relevant national administrations (or legal entities

designated to act on their behalf) in at least six different EU Member States or Associated Countries.

Recurring Call No
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