Call for proposals for social experimentations - Progress 2011 VP/2011/009 Closed!


Through this call for proposals on social experimentation, Progress countries embarking on welfare reforms are offered financial support to experiment the envisaged policy changes and reforms before implementing them, if successful, on a wide scale. This will entail small scale testing, on the basis of rigorous evaluation methodology, of envisaged reforms in those Member States that choose to benefit from this support opportunity. At the present juncture this would often be related to reviews of social spending as part of austerity packages.The present call focuses on the methodological and governance aspects of the project in the different phases of policy reforms.


To be selected under this call, projects should focus on either of the following selected themes, keeping in mind in all cases the gender dimension of the issue:

  • Social inclusion of vulnerable groups, such as Roma people, migrants and their descendants, homeless and young people.
  • Quality of childcare services: this has great impacts on child well-being, but also on gender equality, poverty in jobless households, employment rates, birth rates and on long term sustainable development by supporting the development of human potential.
  • Active and healthy ageing: this depends on various factors, such as life habits, working conditions or urban policies and represents a major condition in order to extend working lives and to reduce social protection expenditures.
  • Transition from education to work for the youth as only a multidimensional policy approach combining actions on the education framework, the labour market, familiescan be successful.

European community funding

The Community provisional funding available for the call for proposals is:

  • 3,50 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 15 December 2011 - 9 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Official webpage of the call

Useful documents

  • Call fiche VP/2011/009 (Guidelines for applicants)

Organisations eligible to participate

Opened to the following bodies or institutes with legal status established in the covered areas:

  • Public authorities (all)
  • Non-governmental organization
  • Universities
  • Regional authorities
  • Local authorities

Covered areas

Bodies or institutes must have their registered legal seat in one of the countries taking part in the Programme which are:

  • European Union (EU)
  • Candidate Countries
  • European Economic Area (EEA)
  • Third countries
  • European Free Trade Association (EFTA)

Directorate-Generale responsible

Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities

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