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Author: Centre for Social Innovation
Published on 24 June 2013 02:30 PM

The Social Innovation in Ageing European 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?

The Centre for Social Innovation 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.

Visit the online competition on 
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Application Deadline 15 July 2013
Please check the eligibility and assessment criteria on the site.

Funders and partners

An initiative of the King Baudouin Foundation in association with La Caixa Foundation & Unicredit Foundation

In 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)
Age Platform Europe

Selection stages and deadlines

Application deadline: 15 July 2013
Finalists announced (Selected 25 case study participants): 18 September 2013
Winners announced: 5 March 2014


Out of the 20 finalists, the three most outstanding initiatives will be awarded with the following prizes:
1st place €10,000
2nd place €5,000
3rd place €3,000


Alexander Kesselring, Centre for Social Innovation (ZSI)


For more information: Call Age NI Advice: 0808 808 7575