Call for applications 2021
Do you run a project that takes up current social challenges and applies innovative solutions?
SozialMarie – Prize for Social Innovation is announced for the 17th time: We are looking for tried and tested, implemented, effective social innovations in all sectors in Central Eastern Europe.
The best 15 social innovations will be awarded the SozialMarie on May 1, 2021 in Vienna. The first three main prizes are endowed with €15,000, €10,000 and €5,000, with a further twelve prizes of €2,000 each.
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Who can apply?
Projects run by private individuals, commercial companies, the social economy (civil society initiatives, NGOs, NPOs, associations) and the public administration are eligible.
Projects implemented in Austria, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Croatia are invited.
Projects from Slovenia are eligible if their implementation is located within 300km linear distance from Vienna.
What projects can be submitted?
SozialMarie is a prize for successfully implemented socially innovative projects. Submitted projects are sufficiently implemented and are still running at the time of submission. Completed projects and project ideas are not eligible.
How to apply?
Submit a project using the submission form.
The project submission will be completed in two languages: in the national language of the submission area and in English. Exception: Projects in Slovenia, Germany and Poland submit in English only.
Projects can be submitted until January 19, 2021, 11:55 p.m. Successful project submission will be confirmed by e-mail.
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Criteria for Social Innovation
Innovation in the project idea – Novelty: in the matter or at the place
Does the project deal with new societal challenges?
Does the project use new social solutions?
Does the project deal with target groups or topics that have so far received little attention?
Is the project owner (the organisation, the company, the public authority, the private individual) newly involved in the field of social innovation?
Innovation in accessing target groups – Involvement: passive, active or independent
Is the target group involved in the project, or have those affected developed the project themselves?
What are the concrete and sustainable benefits of the project for the target group?
Does the project promote the potentials of the target group?
Does the project contribute to the social appreciation of the target group?
Innovation in implementation – Impact: quantitative, qualitative
Is the implementation of the project idea imaginative, creative, inventive and courageous?
How effective is social innovation, what results and impacts can be observed for whom?
Does the project react to changing requirements, for example in the target group, the problem, the framework conditions?
Is there cooperation between different (professional) groups with diverse competences or scientific expertise?
Innovation in public perception – Example effect: direct or indirect
Is the project networked with other organizations, companies, institutions?
How is the project integrated into local and regional environments?
Are other organisations, companies, sponsors, supporters, media and politicians curious about the project?
Can the proven solution be transferred to other contexts?
The submission documents will be examined with regard to the terms and conditions.
Two project evaluators each from Austria, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Croatia make a preselection for the expert jury from the submissions of the respective countries. Each jury member can then add a project to the preselection.
Based on this preselection, the jury decides in three steps:
1. Determination of the maximum 35 nominations
2. Identification of the 15 prize-winning projects
3. Selection of the three main prizes
If necessary, project visits take place.