19 October 2013

Progress Call for proposals for social policy experimentations supporting social investments

Deadline for submitting proposals: 16/12/2013 

This call focuses on methodological aspects of the different phases of social policy innovations, policy reforms or policy adaptations. Social policy experimentation within this call should aim at measuring the impact of a relevant social policy intervention and be based on a sound methodology. The scope is to attract proposals designing social policy interventions in line with the social investment package which contains three policy reform strands to help member states adapt their social protection systems to the societal challenges. 

These include: 
• activating and enabling benefits and services to support people’s inclusion in society and the labour market; • social protection systems to respond to people’s needs throughout their lives; 
 •effective and efficient spending to ensure adequate and sustainable social protection. 

Applicants must be established in the EU, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey or Serbia. 
Proposals must be submitted by a consortium of stakeholders involved in the process of social policy innovation. The lead applicant must be a public authority at central, regional or lovel level or bodies governed by public law. Co-applicants must be public authorities, bodies governed by public law, civil society organisations or private sector organisations. It is encouraged to include academic structures. 

The budget for this call is €3.5 million. 
Grants are worth between €700,000 and €1 million covering up to 80%of eligible costs for a period between 24 to 36 months.