Social innovations for a fair green and digital transition


Publication date
May 3, 2022
August 2, 2022
Short description

The Employment and Social Innovation Strands des ESF+ (EaSI strand) opened a call on the topic "Social innovations for a fair green and digital transition" (ESF-2022-SOC-INNOV). Deadline is 2 August, 2022, 17:00 CET. Serbia, Montenegro and Kosovo* have confirmed interest to join the ESF+, for the EaSI strand. Beneficiaries from countries with ongoing negotiations may participate in the call and can sign grants if the negotiations are concluded before grant signature (with retroactive effect, if provided in the agreement).

The available call budget is EUR 10 000 000. This budget might be increased by maximum 20%. The Commission expects to fund 15 to 20 proposals. Project budgets (maximum grant amount) are expected to range between EUR 200.000 and EUR 1.000.000 per project, but this does not preclude the submission/selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

The call aims to develop and test integrated and inclusive social innovation approaches – in schools or training centres, at work or in local communities, or other relevant environments - to foster just green and digital transitions, by:

  • identifying and addressing (re-/up-)skilling and (re-)training needs stemming from new, green or digital products, services or technologies;
  • fostering social acceptance and/or behavioural changes for more sustainable business models, consumption patterns and/or modes of transport;
  • developing sustainability pathways and transformation tools for social economy actors;
  • tailor solutions to the particular contexts starting from general models, such as the City Doughnut or macro level climate adaptation solutions, to other, business or local environments;
  • promoting the implementation of the EPSR principle 20. Essential services, including energy, mobility and digital communications, in the context of the green and digital transitions.

The main objective is to enable and step up a fair green and digital transition by promoting and disseminating inclusive social innovation approaches in the areas above.

Consortium composition

  • Proposals must be submitted by a consortium of at least 2 applicants (beneficiaries; not affiliated entities) from at least 2 different eligible countries.
  • The consortium may include affiliated entities. The latter must satisfy the eligibility criteria as all applicants

The foreseen results include:

  • Greater uptake of new green and digital technologies
  • New trainings to endow European citizens to make the most out the green and digital transitions
  • Increase social acceptance and ownership for fairer and more sustainable business models
  • Develop transformation tools for social economy actors
  • Engage with local, regional, national authorities, as well as social partners and civil society at large to maximise the impact
  • Capacity building activities;
  • Awareness and dissemination actions;
  • Actions aiming at creating and improving networks, exchanging good practices;
  • Actions developing and testing integrated and social innovation approaches to address some of the challenges and risks described in detail in the section above, including actions aiming at:
    • countering energy poverty or transport poverty;
    • supporting green and digital skills developments;
    • strengthening employability in green and digital economies;
    • providing support to innovative job-to-job or labour market transitions;
    • designing, piloting, testing, monitoring and/or evaluating local job guarantee programmes for green and/or digital jobs;
    • facilitating the development, uptake and use of green or digital innovations;
    • supporting and accelerating change towards more sustainable behaviours;
    • promoting green and digital entrepreneurship;
    • piloting, testing and/or promoting new solutions or models of production, distribution and consumption, including of energy and food, including self-consumption or other community-based business models and citizen-led energy communities or cooperatives;
    • designing, testing and/or promoting digital participatory practices supporting fair transition polices and initiatives;
    • setting up and/or testing participatory citizen budgets to promote fair green and digital transitions.
  • Feedback to policy makers at local, regional, national and EU level;
  • Training (incl. on-the-job) and job matching activities;
  • Communication campaigns targeting specific social groups.

More information: Funding & tenders (

Source: portal and

Call identifier
  • Other
Geographical focus
  • European Union (EU 27)
  • Kosovo*
  • Montenegro
  • Serbia
Scientifc field / Thematic focus
  • Cross-thematic/Interdisciplinary
  • General

Entry created by Elke Dall on May 6, 2022
Modified on May 6, 2022

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