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Innovative Work-Life balance Strategies to facilitate reconciliation of professional and caring responsibilities

It is estimated at €10.000.000, the grant may not exceed 80 % of the total eligible costs.

Social innovation as promoted by the EaSI programme can help address social challenges – such as women's underrepresentation in the labor market - by providing better and innovative responses to identified social needs, in order to deliver better social outcomes.


Description of the activities to be funded:

  •  build up the main actors' capacity to implement these innovative strategies;
  •  demonstrate a long-term vision;
  •  challenge gender stereotypes about the divide of care responsibilities between men and women and ensure that men make a greater use of work-life balance arrangements;
  •  be sustainable beyond the grant period; 
  • be supported by a robust and documented evaluation method and validation mechanisms;
  •  include mechanisms for transfer/replication.

Proposed actions should be creative and propose innovative measures whilst building on existing good practice where relevant.


Compulsory activities to be included in the application are:

  •  a comprehensive monitoring and evaluation plan4 of the intervention including a clear and fully developed methodology identifying relevant results and outcome indicators; The evaluation component of the plan shall include:
    •  Outcome evaluation addressing results that can be attributed to the project, as well as the extent to which the project has satisfied its objectives.
    •  Process evaluation addressing how the project was conducted in terms of consistency and design with the stated plan of action and the effectiveness of the various activities within the plan in accordance with the policy relevance. Evaluations may be conducted by an internal staff member, an evaluation firm or both.
  •  the participation in two events to be organised in Brussels by the Commission (max. two nights, two people);
  •  the organisation of at least one coordination meeting with all members of the consortium;
  • a detailed dissemination plan to promote at EU level the results of the action, including a dissemination event.


Indicative duration of the entire project should be between 24 and 36 months.


Legal entities properly established and registered in the following countries are eligible as lead applicant and co-applicants:

o EU Member States;

o Iceland and Norway in accordance with the EEA Agreement;

o Albania, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey.


The submission deadline is April the 18th 2018.

This call for proposals aims to support governmental and non-governmental actors, and social partners in delivering on the rights and principles set out in the Pillar through social innovation and national policy reforms as regards reconciling work and private life.
Elegibilility of the applicants: 
Please be aware that eligibility criteria must be complied with for the entire duration of the grant. If the United Kingdom withdraws from the EU during the grant period without concluding an agreement with the EU ensuring in particular that British applicants continue to be eligible, British beneficiaries will cease to receive EU funding (while continuing, where possible, to participate) or be required to leave the project on the basis of Article II.17.3.1(a)of the grant agreement". Lead applicant must be a public body (such as national, regional and local authorities, employment services). Co-applicants must be public bodies, for profit or non-profit-making private entities