The best ideas for democracy and politics: Call for the Innovation in Politics Awards 2020 launched


The Innovation in Politics Awards will take place for the fourth time this year. They offer a stage for policy innovations and model projects from across Europe, to serve as inspiration for politicians as well as citizens. In recent years, the Europe-wide, nonpartisan network of the Innovation in Politics Institute has identified around 1,800 examples of successful new approaches to political work. On December 3, 2020, the best projects will be awarded again, in Berlin at the Tipi am Kanzleramt venue. New this year are three categories and two partners: SEESAME in Slovakia and the Royal Society of Arts in the United Kingdom.

Vienna, March 2, 2020 – The Europe-wide Award for Innovation in Politics was launched three years ago by The Innovation in Politics Institute with headquarters in Vienna and Berlin and partner offices in 15 European countries. A database of best practice projects with around 1,800 flagship projects – and the active involvement of the initiators of these projects from some 25 countries – supports the further development of democracy in Europe and the Institute’s consulting services.

Three new categories for democratic innovation

For 2020, the categories have been restructured to respond to changing policy needs. In addition to the established categories of democracy, human rights, community, ecology, economy and quality of life, 2020 will be the first year in which projects can be submitted in the fields of digitisation, education and regional development – details can be found on the Innovation in Politics Awards website at

Royal Society of Arts as new partner in the UK

For more than 260 years the Royal Society of Arts has been committed to a better future for society. Through its global network of more than 30,000 people, the Royal Society of Arts encourages the exchange of ideas and innovative research, and provides practical solutions
to initiate change among the population.

Edward Strasser, Founder and CEO The Innovation in Politics Institute: “It is a great honour for us to have found such a well-known and prestigious partner for our work in the United Kingdom in the Royal Society of Arts. We look forward to our co-operation and to working together for the good of the people in a democratic Europe”.

Nominate innovative projects or become part of the Europe-wide jury

As in the past four years, all EU citizens are invited to nominate exceptional political projects
from Council of Europe member states by 10 June 2020 on the website In a second step, the politicians
responsible are invited by Innovation in Politics Institute to submit their own projects by 15
June 2020 at the latest.

Once again this year, a jury of around 1,000 EU citizens will select the winning projects. If you would like to be part of the jury, you are welcome to register as a juror here until 31 July 2020.
The Innovation in Politics Awards ceremony will take place on 3 December 2020 in Berlin, at the Tipi at the Chancellery. The Mayor of Berlin, Michael Müller, will be there again this year to welcome the international participants of the conference.

All information about the awards can be found at:

Detailed description of the categories:

About the Innovation in Politics Awards

The Innovation in Politics Awards for innovative political work are presented by the Innovation in Politics Institute, a Europe-wide organisation with offices in Vienna and Berlin and partners in Belgium, Bulgaria, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Lithuania, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. The Institute’s mission is to improve political work in Europe by rewarding and supporting courageous, creative politicians who break new ground and achieve concrete results – regardless of their party affiliation and the political level at which they are active. The Innovation in Politics Awards ask them with their projects to step into the spotlight, as examples and inspiration for all those who want to further develop and strengthen democratic politics. Partners in this project are renowned organisations in Europe: Act.Now in Vienna, All Channels in Sofia, Alter Ego in the UK, Arenaidé in Sweden, Ashoka Poland, Das Progressive Zentrum in Berlin, Dublin City University, Bulgarian School of Politics, EuropaNova in Paris, European Forum Alpbach, Kongres Kobiet in Poland, Noesis in Milan and Rome, Out of the Box in Greece, Royal Society of Arts in the UK, SEESAME in Slovakia and Szkoła Liderów and THINKTANK in Poland.

Further inquiries:

Barbara Brunsteiner
The Skills Group
T: +43 (0)1 505 26 25