FAQ

Online entry form

How does the online entry form work?

Click on the "To the application form" button and register. You will receive a request to confirm your registration by email. If you have not received  an email, check your spam folder. After confirmation, you can log in with your credentials and call up the submission form. If you do not receive a confirmation by email, please contact our office.

What does the online entry form look like?

As described in the previous section, you can open and study the submission form. The information is provided in English. In addition to filling in the mandatory fields, the following attachments must be uploaded: project description (max. 3 pages, PDF format) as well as at least one project photo (JPG format).

How must I fill in the online entry form?

After login, you can save the submission form and edit it at a later time. If you tick the "Submit" box and click on "Send", the submission is finalised and you can no longer edit it. Attention: Only upload the attachments (PDF and JPG) before submitting the form, as these cannot be cached.

What should I pay special attention to when working with the online entry form?

Please ensure that you save the form regularly when you are working on it. If you don’t save the form for a longer period of time, your information may be lost. The attachments can only be uploaded in the very last step, once you have completed all the information and are ready to submit, as these cannot be cached.

In which languages can submission be completed? 

The submission is done in English. Machine translations (e.g. Google translator) are not accepted.

Will the successful submission of my entry be confirmed?

We will confirm the successful submission of your entry by email. Once your submission has been reviewed by our team, we will notify you again by email and your project will appear in the SozialMarie project database.

I would like to submit more than one project for SozialMarie.

If you would like to submit multiple projects from a registered email address, you must first finalise and submit one project to be able to begin the next submission.

How can I prepare before submitting my entry? 

Read through our criteria for social innovation, our conditions of participation and general information on the tender

I need assistance with the submission. Who can I contact?

We are happy to help! Contact us by phone or send us an email. You can find our contact details here.

General information

Should I submit my project to SozialMarie?

If your project is socially innovative and addresses current social challenges and issues, offers solutions and meets SozialMarie’s criteria for social innovation, then we look forward to receiving your submission. Every submission has its own project profile on our website.

Who is allowed to submit a project to SozialMarie? Can I also submit a project being a private individual?

Projects that are run by private individuals, commercial companies, civil society initiatives, NGOs, NPOs, associations and public administrations are eligible for submission.

What do I do if the submitted project was carried out by several partners in one cooperation?

If a project is being carried out by more than one partner, you will have to decide, upon submission, who you are going to specify as being the project owner, that is, who is submitting the project. In any case, please note the cooperation in the project description!

I don’t understand the geographical submission area.

The following generally applies: the realisation of the submitted project must take place in the SozialMarie submission area; the submitter can be, but does not have to be, domiciled in the submission area. Projects that are realised in Austria, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia can be submitted. For projects with realisation in Croatia, Slovenia, Poland and Germany, the following rule applies: the realisation of the submitted project must not be located further than 300 km from Vienna as the crow flies.

Can I submit several projects at once?

Yes, but you must submit the projects one after the other. The submission form must be completed and submitted separately for each project that you wish to submit.  

Can I submit a project that I have previously already submitted to SozialMarie?

Yes, unless it is a project that has already won one of the 15 SozialMarie awards. However, you are welcome to resubmit a project that was previously nominated for a SozialMarie award, supplemented by the experiences made since the initial submission.

Am I allowed to submit a completed project?

No, the submitted project must still be ongoing at the time of submission.

What does ‘a project in the concept stage cannot be submitted’ mean?

At the time of submission, your project must already be sufficiently realised while being ongoing at the same time. Completed projects and projects in the concept stage are not accepted.

What happens after I have submitted my project?

We will send you a confirmation email stating that your submission has been successfully received by us. Your submission documents will be reviewed for completeness of and compliance with the conditions of participation. If your project is nominated, we will notify you.

What are the reasons for a project to get disqualified? 

If a submission does not comply with the conditions of entry, it will be disqualified and the submitting persons will be informed by email. The project will not be published on www.sozialmarie.org.

How is a submitted project subsequently evaluated?

Evaluation takes place in a number of steps and is described in more detail here.

According to which criteria is my submitted project evaluated?

The SozialMarie jury of experts decides by means of consensus based on SozialMarie’s criteria for social innovation.

What is the SozialMarie nomination?

The SozialMarie nominations are the projects that make it to the "first round": 15 of the nominated projects will receive awards at the SozialMarie Awards Ceremony on the 1st of May. The nomination at SozialMarie is already used by the submitters for public relations activities. The SozialMarie nominations will be made public in early March.

What happens if my submitted project is nominated?

We will notify you at the beginning of March if your project has been nominated. Representatives of the nominated projects will be invited to the Awards Ceremony on the 1st of March, where they will find out whether their project has won an award. Every nominated project will be displayed in our SozialMarie brochure, which we will publish at the Award Ceremony on the 1st of May.

Are there logos that I can use if I have been nominated or have received an award?

Yes, you will receive prize winner and nomination logos from us by email.