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Sectors: Citizenship, Innovation, Public Management, Town planning

Beneficiaries: Local and Regional authorities

Regions: European Union

Category: Prize


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Additional info regions:

* EU Member States
* H2020 associated countries


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Responsible: European Commission


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Horizon 2020 – The European Capital of Innovation Award (iCapital) – 2020
Funds for: raising awareness about the benefits of urban innovation ‘with’ and ‘for’ the citizens, supporting cities in addressing relevant societal challenges, and strengthening their urban resilience

Priorities and funded actions:

Award criteria
* Experimenting – innovative concepts, processes, tools, and governance models proving the city’s commitment to act as a test-bed for innovative practices, and ensuring mainstreaming of these practices into the urban development process;
* Engaging – increasing opportunities for a broader range of citizens and ensuring uptake of their ideas;
* Expanding – outlining the city’s potential to attract new talent, resources, funding, investments, and to become a role model for other cities;
* Empowering – concrete and measurable impact directly connected to the implementation of innovative practices

Additional information

* Eligibility: 
– Cities must be located in one of the EU Member States or in a country associated to Horizon 2020;
– Cities must have a population above 100 000 inhabitants. In countries where there are no such cities, the biggest city is eligible;
– Winners of former European Capital of Innovation Awards contests are not eligible. This does not apply to runner-up and finalist cities