European Social Innovation in Ageing Award

Posted in: News on June 23, 2013

We invite you to Social Innovation in Ageing – the European Award! This award has been launched to promote and support social innovation in the field of active and healthy ageing in Europe. Social innovation is more than a trend. It is about a new culture of innovation which responds to social problems and needs, in a sustainable and socially accepted way. Social innovation depends on people like you who develop and implement innovative solutions in the field of active and healthy ageing. The ageing of population creates manifold challenges for individuals as well as society. How can people as they age become active participants in their communities? How can their employment opportunities be increased? How can they be better supported in coping with health issues? How can they learn to interact with new technology? How can they be better supported by institutions and professionals without losing their independence? How can they exchange knowledge and experience with younger generations?We want to invite you to participate in this award, to share information on your initiative and to become part of a European community for social innovation in active and healthy ageing. The 20 finalists of the award will participate in a case study analysis where researchers will take a closer look at the context, the process, and the impact of your social innovation. Three finalists will be selected as award winners receiving prizes of up to € 10.000. This link takes you directly to the online competition on Deadline July 15th, 2013Please check our eligibility and assessment criteria on the site!Funders and partnersAn initiative of the King Baudouin Foundation in association with : La Caixa Foundation & Unicredit FoundationIn collaboration with : Centre for Social Innovation (Austria), Ashoka (Germany), Netwell Centre of the Dundalk Institute of Technology (Ireland), Centre of Socio-economic Gerontological Research of the Italian National Research Centre on Ageing (Italy), Ageing Research Centre of the Karolinska Institutet (Sweden) & Platform Europe Selection stages and deadlines START OF APPLICATION: 15th of May 2013EARLY ENTRY PRIZE: Among all participants completing the entry form until the 15th of June one participant will be chosen for an early entry prize of € 1.000APPLICATION DEADLINE: 15th of July 2013FINALISTS ANNOUNCED (Selected 25 case study participants): 18th September 2013WINNERS ANNOUNCED: 5th March 2014PrizesOut of the 20 finalists, the three most outstanding initiatives will be awarded with the following prizes: 1st place € 10.0002nd place € 5.0003rd place € 3.000Apply before June 15th to be eligible for € 1.000 Early Entry prize Contact Alexander Kesselring, Centre for Social Innovation (ZSI)

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