Horizon Prize - The european capital of innovation award (ICapital) H2020-EUROPEAN-I-CAPITAL-PRIZE-2018 Closed!


The European Union recognises yearly cities with inclusive innovation ecosystems by awarding the European Capital of Innovation prize. The prize identifies urban ecosystems that connect citizens, the public sector, academia, and business, and successfully translate their results into improved wellbeing of their citizens. The award is part of the European Union's efforts to raise awareness about the benefits of urban innovation 'with' and 'for' the citizens, supporting cities in addressing relevant societal challenges, and strengthening their urban resilience.

The Award looks at how applicant cities aim at:

  • Turning into a test-bed for innovative solutions to local societal challenges;
  • Including such solutions into their daily policies;
  • Allowing citizens to contribute to and use such solutions.


The prize will be awarded to the 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 – outlining 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:

  • 1,50 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 21 June 2018 - 3 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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