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The theoretical, empirical and policy foundations for building social innovation in Europe

Objective

The European Commission’s Innovation Union strategy clearly places innovation at the centre of the policy agenda for meeting social challenges affecting Europe and its Member States. The field of social innovation is developing rapidly all over the world, with new institutions, methods and activities. However, at present the ability for Europe to coordinate and galvanise its undoubted potential across Member States is limited by the lack of the systematic and sophisticated infrastructures of support available to other fields. These include the absence of:

- reliable metrics for assessing the effectiveness and impact of innovations, and of policies and programmes to promote social innovation;
- effective capital market instruments and financial supports;
- suitable regulatory and policy frameworks for ensuring scale and impact
- a codified and widely understood set of methods;
- networks and other vehicles to spread methods, learning and skills;
- co-ordinated leadership; and
- enabling cultures.

This consortium of leading European research institutions and global experts in social innovation has designed a programme of work to build the theoretical, empirical and policy foundations for building social innovation in Europe. The objective of this research programme is to prepare the way for developing the tools, methods and policies which will be part of the EU strategy for social innovation. Its purpose is to strengthen the foundations for other researchers, policy-makers and practitioners so that they can analyse and plan with greater confidence. As such the research programme will map the field, reviewing theories, models, methods and identifying gaps in existing practices and policies, as well as pointing towards the priorities for future strategies.

Call for proposal

FP7-SSH-2011-2
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

TEKNOLOGISK INSTITUT
Address
Gregersensvej 1
2630 Taastrup
Denmark
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 844 049
Administrative Contact
Jeremy Millard (Mr.)

Participants (5)

THE YOUNG FOUNDATION LBG
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 505 686
Address
Victoria Park Square 18
E2 9PF London
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
William Norman (Dr.)
RUPRECHT-KARLS-UNIVERSITAET HEIDELBERG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 387 052
Address
Seminarstrasse 2
69117 Heidelberg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Georg Mildenberger (Dr.)
ATLANTIS SYMVOULEFTIKI ANONYMI ETAIREIA ATLANTIS CONSULTING SA
Greece
EU contribution
€ 339 150
Address
Thessaloniki - Thermi Rd 9Th Klm
57001 Thessaloniki
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ioanna Garefi (Ms.)
UNIVERSIDADE CATOLICA PORTUGUESA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 217 548
Address
Palma De Cima
1649 023 Lisboa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Nuno Afonso (Mr.)
SIEC BADAWCZA LUKASIEWICZ - PORT POLSKI OSRODEK ROZWOJU TECHNOLOGII
Poland
EU contribution
€ 203 640
Address
Ul. Stablowicka 147
54 066 Wroclaw
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Malgorzata Piesiewicz (Ms.)