The European Capital of Innovation Award – iCapital
The 2016 contest is on!
After the success of the first edition of the European Capital of Innovation Award in 2014, the European Commission has launched a second, even more ambitious, edition to celebrate the European city which is building the best “innovation ecosystem”- connecting citizens, public organizations, academia, and business - with a view to helping the city scale up its efforts in this field.
Applicant cities will be judged by an independent panel of experts on how on-going and future initiatives create the right environment to innovate. Three prizes will be awarded:
Contestants will be able to submit their entries until 18 November 2015 (17:00 – Brussels time).
Cities will be judged on the basis of initiatives they have already taken since 1 January 2012, as well as their ideas to enhance innovative capacity in the future. The three winners will be announced in early 2016.
Read the press release - Commission seeks the next European Capital of Innovation (09/07/2015)
Watch the speech of Commissioner Moedas on the importance on cities and the European Capital of Innovation Award
Who can apply?
The contest is open to cities:
- which have over 100 000 inhabitants (in countries where there is no city with more than 100 000 inhabitants, the largest city is eligible to apply)
- from EU Member States and countries associated to Horizon 2020, the European research and innovation programme.
Read the contest rules ( 247 KB)
How to apply
You can apply in 6 easy steps via our web-based submission system.
Read the Application guide ( 232 KB) for more details.
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