Call for proposals 2017 - European capital of innovation prize H2020-EUROPEAN-I-CAPITAL-PRIZE Closed!


The European Capital of Innovation award aims to provide European recognition to those cities that make the most to promote innovation within their communities and thereby improve the quality of their citizens’ lives. Applicant cities will be judged on the innovative solutions to their relevant societal challenges reported in their application. Cities will particularly have to prove how they create the local conditions to innovate by experimenting innovative concepts, processes, tools, and governance models; engaging citizens; attracting new talents, resources, funding, investments; and positioning themselves as role models for other cities


The prize will be awarded to the city entry that best addresses the following cumulative criteria:

  1. Experimenting – innovative concepts, processes, tools, and governance models proving the city's commitment to act as a test-bed for innovative practices, and ensuring mainstreaming of these practices into the urban development process;
  2. Engaging – increasing opportunities for a broader range of citizens and ensuring uptake of their ideas;
  3. Expanding – utlining the city's potential to attract new talent, resources, funding, investments, and to become a role model for other cities;
  4. Empowering – concrete and measurable impact directly connected to the implementation of innovative practices.

European community funding

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

  • 1,20 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 21 July 2017 - 4 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Official webpage of the call

Useful documents

  • Rules of contest (Legal base)

Organisations eligible to participate

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

  • Any legal organisation

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)

Directorate-Generale responsible

Directorate-General for Research

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