Call for proposals


In addition to the information below on identified calls for proposals of interest for member organisations, the resource centre is also a one-stop-shop facility for assistance in project tendering and management. Please contact Guillaume Cravero for submitting queries.

For the list of current and past Calls for Proposals please consult the page of DG EMPLOYMENT, SOCIAL AFFAIRS & INCLUSION:

Calls for Proposals



The Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) programme is a European-level financing instrument managed directly by the European Commission to support employment, social policy and labour mobility across the EU. EaSI funding is used to test ideas for reform out on the ground, evaluate them and then upscale the best ones across Member States. The concept of social innovation, which has a special focus on youth, is at the heart of EaSI. The programme will provide €10-14 million a year for social innovation activities.

EaSI brings together three EU programmes managed separately between 2007 and 2013 (PROGRESS, EURES and PROGRESS Microfinance). All these programmes pursue the same goal of promoting employment, social inclusion and labour mobility. By grouping them, it is aimed to achieve a greater policy coherence and coordination as well as increase efficiency in delivery and management.

The instrument feeds into the EU’s ten-year growth strategy by supporting the implementation of its employment and social objectives. In particular,  it aims to support three of the seven flagship initiatives of Europe 2020, the European Platform against Poverty and Social Exclusion, An Agenda for New Skills and Jobs, and Youth on the Move.

Together with the European Social Fund (ESF) and the European Globalisation Fund (EGF),  EaSI forms a coherent set of EU programmes to promote employment, social protection and social inclusion, as well as working conditions for the period 2014-20.

EaSI objectives aim to:

– Strength the coordination of actions at EU and national levels in the areas of employment, social affairs and inclusion.
– Support the development of labour market policies by promoting good governance, mutual learning and social innovation.
– Modernise EU legislation and ensure its effective application.
– Promote  labour mobility and employment creation by developing an open labour market.
– Increase the access to microfinance and finance for vulnerable groups, social and micro-enterprises.

EaSI is designed to support the development of policies and legislation at EU level. Its actions should be complemented at national, regional and local levels.

* Information from “EaSI, New EU umbrella programme for employment and social policy”. European Commission, Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion. November 2013.

– Information on the Lifelong Learning Programme

– The European Social Fund – Programme period 2007-2013

– The Future of the ESF 2014-2020

On 1 January 2007, the new EU-27 programming round for structural funds began. Under the new ESF Regulation, the ESF will provide support for anticipating and managing social and economic change. The ESF’s new regulations notably aim to promote good governance and partnerships acknowledge the important role of Social Partners, in the following ways:

– reinforcing the partnership between partners in preparing, implementing and monitoring the strategy, and in programming the interventions supported by the Funds;
– supporting the involvement of Social Partners in capacity building actions and to undertake joint activities in policy areas where they play a decisive role (e.g. lifelong learning, modernisation of work organisation and tackling the consequences of restructuring).

Fields of activity:

Strengthening employment and mobility

Opening pathways to work
– Creating chances for youth
– Boosting business
– Caring for careers

Better education:

– Opening doors to learning
– Helping people aim higher
– Training that works

Giving a chance to all:

– Fighting marginalisation
– Promoting social enterprise
– Supporting local partnerships
– Inclusive approaches

Better public services

– More effective institutions : boosting the quality of a broad range of services available to citizens, workers and job-seekers in their towns, cities and regions.
Partnerships for progress : helping the public authorities and stakeholders such as NGOs to work together design and deliver successful programmes