European Social Innovation Competition 2019

The European Commission has launched the European Social Innovation Competition in memory of Diogo Vasconcelos.
Based on the theme "Challenging plastic waste", the 2019 edition calls for ideas and projects that reduce plastic waste and littering through changing and improving existing processes or through introducing brand-new products and initiatives.


The competition is open to individuals, groups and organisations across the European Union and in countries participating in the Horizon 2020 programme.

The competition is looking for inspiring ideas, including, but not limited to:

  • Reducing the consumption of single use plastic products
  • Recycling reusing, and upcycling existing plastic waste
  • Dealing with accumulated plastic waste in landfills and the environment
  • Changing consumer behaviours, retail and wider business practices to reduce levels of plastic waste and/or increase recycling and re-use
  • Implementing alternative business models and optimising supply chains to reduce plastic waste and/or increase recycling and re-use
  • Introducing new materials fit for a circular economy or that offer sustainable alternatives to fossil-based plastics

Entries must be original ideas and they may propose new ways to combine or implement existing solutions, but cannot be exact copies of those.
Entries must be submitted in one of the official languages of the European Union, by the (lead) participant via the online entry form available at

The competition is made up of several stages over a number of months, finishing the 24 October 2019​, when the best project will be awarded with a prize of 50,000 Euros during the award ceremony.

Deadline for submissions: 4th April 2019 (noon, CET)

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