A European Social Innovation Catalyst Fund to Advance EU Mission Objectives by Replicating and Scaling-up Existing, Demonstrably Successful Social Innovations


Programme Category

EU Competitive Programmes

Programme Name

Horizon Europe (2021-2027)

Programme Description

Horizon Europe is the European Union (EU) funding programme for the period 2021 – 2027, which targets the sectors of research and innovation. The programme’s budget is around € 95.5 billion, of which € 5.4 billion is from NextGenerationEU to stimulate recovery and strengthen the EU’s resilience in the future, and € 4.5 billion is additional aid.

Programme Details

Identifier Code



A European Social Innovation Catalyst Fund to Advance EU Mission Objectives by Replicating and Scaling-up Existing, Demonstrably Successful Social Innovations


The call targets

  • for the consortium that will manage the project, a diverse assemblages of actors of social innovation, i.e., public authorities, academia, business, citizens and citizens’ organizations;
  • for the creation of the fund, national research and innovation funding agencies, philanthropists, and other public or private investors; and
  • for the replication of social innovations, as beneficiaries of third party financing through open calls, social innovators, social enterprises, companies working for reaching social impact and/or with a specific consideration of social impact, etc.

Detailed Call Description

The consortium will undertake the following activities, i.e.,

  1. set up a European Social Innovation Catalyst Fund (“the Fund”) to ensure adequate financial support for replicating existing, demonstrably successful social innovations. The Fund will be funded jointly by the European Commission and by funding secured by the members of the consortium. The consortium is invited to combine Horizon Europe and other public and private funding including philanthropic sources to form a dedicated facility to support successful social innovations. The EU will contribute a maximum of one quarter of the Fund. Accounting for financial investment calendars, the creation of the Fund should take no more than six months to a year;
  2. put forward open calls for proposals for the replication of existing social innovations demonstrated as successful based on quantitative and qualitative data that combine (i) a high potential to help each of the Missions achieve a selected number of their key objectives and (ii) a high potential for replication as documented by a replication plan. Notably, some of the existing, demonstrably successful social innovation projects could support more than one Mission by helping them achieve objectives that they share. The Fund will support third parties not only in terms of financing, but also of advisory, networking, and any other means objectively increasing the chances of success of the replication projects. The open call must be published widely, including on the Horizon Europe Participant Portal and through National Contact Points. Proposals should clearly indicate which mission(s) their social innovation will support;
  3. select the most promising and relevant social innovations on the basis of (i) their relevance to the Missions, (ii) the documentation of their success, and (iii) the credibility of their replication plan, including their ability to start delivering results within two to three years after the start of their implementation. Cross-Mission social innovation projects that serve several Missions at once are encouraged.
  4. support through funding and mentoring the execution of the replication plans that will have been selected. The EU contribution to funding the execution of each replication plan will account for a maximum of one quarter of its cost;
  5. oversee—rather than manage—and monitor the roll out of the replication plans by their authors. The roll out of the execution of the plans should take no more than two to three years; and
  6. measure and communicate on the impact achieved via online platforms.

The EU estimates that a maximum 6% of the EU contribution is enough to operate the Fund. Nonetheless, this does not preclude the consortium using a different percentage of the EU contribution for its operation when duly justified. As the EU will contribute 25% of the total budget and expects the consortium to spend around 6% of the EU contribution on management costs, the EU expects around 98.5% (100% – (25% × 6%)) of the fund to support third parties.

Call Total Budget

€30,00 million

Financing percentage by EU or other bodies / Level of Subsidy or Loan


EU contribution per project: € 30,00 million

Thematic Categories

  • Education and training
  • Public Administration
  • Research, Technological Development and Innovation
  • Social Affairs & Human Rights

Eligibility for Participation

  • Educational Institutions
  • Investment Funds
  • Large Enterprises
  • Local Authorities
  • Natual person / Citizen / Individual
  • NGOs
  • Non Profit Organisations
  • Private Bodies
  • Researchers/Research Centers/Institutions
  • Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)
  • State-owned Enterprises
  • Trade Unions

Eligibility For Participation Notes

In relation with item (i), applicants are therefore encouraged to constitute a consortium that includes representatives of the public sector, the private sector, academia, and civil society. E.g., respectively, national, regional, and local government administrations and agencies; foundations, venture philanthropists, impact investors, industry, entrepreneurs, local businesses, and social enterprises; universities and research and technology organisation; social service providers, social innovators, Living Labs, Fab Labs, Third Places/Tiers-Lieux, and participants in the Makers Movement.



Call Opening Date


Call Closing Date


National Contact Point(s)

29a Andrea Michalakopoulou, 1075 Nicosia
P.O.Box 23422, 1683 Nicosia
Phone Number: +357 22205000
Email Address: support@research.org.cy
Website: https://www.research.org.cy/en/

Contact Persons:
Ms Constantina Makri
Scientific Officer
Contact Phone: +357 22 205 054
Contact Email: cmakri@research.org.cy

Ms Katerina Karakasidou
Scientific Officer
Contact Phone: +357 22 205 036
Contact Email: kkarakasidou@research.org.cy

(Publish Date: 16/05/2022-for internal use only)

EU Contact Point

European Commission, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation