Application Process

The call for Applications is closed.

Does your public sector organisation have innovative solutions to high-priority challenges of the present or the future?

If so, submit your achievement to the European Public Sector Award (EPSA), the only Europe-wide award for public sector innovation and reform open to public administrations at all levels of government.

Under the title “Boosting Innovation Through Learning”, the EPSA 2023-24 edition welcomes the submission of projects in three award categories:

  • Innovation in Public Administration
  • Green Transition and Sustainability
  • Digital Transformation

By submitting your project, you will have the opportunity to showcase your solutions to current and future challenges and gain the recognition of citizens and public sector partners.

Present your achievements to EPSA 2023-24 and join the community of innovators and change agents in Europe. Be the change that Europe needs and help others learn from your success!

Submit your project online by clicking on the “Submit your application here” button.

Everything you need to know to prepare your submission is provided below.

Successful applicants will enjoy numerous advantages, including:

  • Elevate your profile: gain well-deserved recognition for your hard work and dedication and join us at the Award Ceremony
  • Foster innovation: inspire others with your ideas through the EPSA database
  • Expand your network: be part of the European innovation community and engage with fellow innovators
  • Develop your skill set: be invited to EPSA workshops on public sector innovation

All European public sector entities from all levels of government, public sector enterprises and agencies are eligible to submit their projects for the award.

European” is defined as EU Member States, EEA countries, EU candidate countries and other administrations wholly geographically located in Europe, i.e. Andorra, Belarus, Kosovo, Monaco, San Marino, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and Vatican City.

Public sector” includes all public entities such as EU institutions, departments, divisions or agencies of EU institutions, national governments, national government departments, divisions or agencies, 100% state-owned enterprises, cities, regions, provinces and other forms of sub-national authorities as well as departments, divisions or agencies of them or enterprises 100% owned by them including institutions responsible for scrutiny of public sector entities such as regulatory, audit or judicial authorities.

Projects can be submitted jointly by more than one organisation, including cross-country applications, but in these cases a lead organisation must be assigned. In case of joint applications, decide who will submit the application. The lead organisation must be a public sector entity –  other applicants can be other public sector entities eligible to be lead organisations and/or private or mixed-capital entities, not-for-profit/third sector organisations or academic institutions.

Previous EPSA participants may re-submit projects submitted to earlier EPSA editions insofar as they are based on a material adaptation, update and/or extension of past projects, including the achievement of significant further results since any previous submission.

To submit your project, complete the online application form.

You can find the application guide below:

Applications for EPSA 2023-24 must be submitted in English.

To facilitate the project submission, you are invited to compile the information for the application form in any official EU language as well as Serbo-Croatian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Turkish and Ukrainian and to use the European Commission’s Machine Translation system eTranslation” to convert this information into English. The English text can then be inserted into the application form.

Please be advised that the system provides machine translation and that applications should be proof-read before submission. The initial eligibility check of submitted projects will include a language check.

The deadline for the call for applications has been extended until 15 November 2023, 23:59 hours (CET).

  1. Confirm eligibility to apply

All European public sector entities from all levels of government and public sector enterprises and agencies are eligible to submit their projects for the award. In case of joint submissions, the lead applicant must be a public sector entity.

Projects which receive EU Funds are asked to indicate this in the application form, but this is not a condition of eligibility.

  1. Decide what project(s) to submit

Applicant entities may submit more than one project for EPSA 2023-24, but any project can only be submitted for one of the three award categories.

In considering which projects to submit, applicants should consider how the selected projects are likely to perform in each evaluation criterion, and, in particular, the innovation and impact/results criteria. It should be considered that a project will need to have been in operation long enough to present tangible results and/or demonstrate evidence of having improved service delivery to the benefit of citizens.

  1. Decide who will submit the application

While the lead applicant must be a public sector entity, applications can be submitted jointly with other entities, including with other entities defined above as being eligible to be lead applicants, and/or other applicants such as private or mixed-capital entities, not-for-profit/third sector organisations or academic institutions.

  1. Decide for which award category an application will be submitted

Applications for EPSA 2023-24 may be submitted for any of the three award categories. The choice of category is for the applicant to decide – a project can only be submitted for one of the three categories, and the choice should be indicated on the application form.

  1. Complete and submit application

To submit your project, complete the online application form following the instructions in the application guide.