A European Social Innovation Catalyst Fund


The Horizon Europe call to set up a European Social Innovation Catalyst Fund backs the scaling of social innovations that have already proven to be successful. 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.

Financing type: HORIZON Action Grant Budget-Based

Programme: Horizon Europe Framework Programme (HORIZON)

Main objective:

Leveraging social innovation to achieve the objectives of the five EU Missions, namely, “Adaptation to Climate Change: Support at least 150 European regions and communities to become climate resilient by 2030”, “Restore our Ocean and Waters by 2030”, “Cancer: Improving the lives of more than 3 million people by 2030 through prevention, cure and for those affected by cancer including their families, to live longer and better”, “100 Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities by 2030”, and “A Soil Deal for Europe: 100 living labs and lighthouses to lead the transition towards healthy soils by 2030”.

Empowering citizens, local communities, and social innovators and entrepreneurs by offering them the possibility to become champions of the transition

Securing significant impact with a high probability of success by replicating existing, demonstrably successful social innovations.

Capitalising on the underutilised stock of existing, demonstrably successful social innovations and helping local or regional projects achieve impact at continental scale.

Increasing the impact of EU funding by attracting additional public and private contributions by setting up a European Social Innovation Catalyst Fund for the replication of existing, demonstrably successful social innovations.

Combining quantitative and qualitative support to the Missions and to social innovation, respectively through funding and mentoring.

Who is eligible:

The call targets

  1. for the consortium that will manage the project, a diverse assemblage of actors of social innovation, i.e., public authorities, academia, business, and citizens’ organisations.
  2. for the creation of the fund, national research and innovation funding agencies, philanthropists, and other public or private investors; and
  3. 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.
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EU Member States
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