2nd Call for 2020 project proposals now open!

Deadline: 30 June 2020

News / 29.4.20

Sometimes the best ideas come unexpectedly, hence we want to open the door to a second call for proposals that is more flexible and remains open throughout the first half of the year.

We hope this gives an opportunity and the best framework so all of our members, associated members and members find the right scale for their project idea.

Applicants that were already selected for a project in our main call (running from the end of last year until beginning of this year) will not be considered eligible.

The procedure for sending in your project ideas and proposals is now open. Please submit them by the 30th of June 2020 or 15th of June 2020 if submitted in a language other than English.

The projects received will be discussed and approved by the Coppieters Bureau at their July meeting (exact date to be confirmed).

Should you be interested in working with us on a project, please complete this Project submission form and send it to us at info@ideasforeurope.eu.


The second call for projects is designed to accommodate 2 different sorts of projects:

  • Flex projects: Proposed by (exclusively) members and associated members of the Coppieters Foundation and with limited financial implications.
    • Maximum budget amount for projects on the second call is also smaller: Projects max amounts to 5.000 EUR and is exempt of any financial contribution.
    • Second call is only open to those Coppieters Foundation Members and Associated members that did not take part in the main call for proposals.
  • Regular projects. For members, associated members and any other organisation, university, researcher or movement with an idea !
    • Second call is only open to those that did not succesfully take part in the main call for proposals.

When submitting a proposal, please note that it has to comply with the following criteria:

  • Priority will be given to projects analysing the political, economic or social consequences of the current Covid19 pandemic, and/or discussing solutions to prevent and better deal with such outbreaks at the EU level in the future;
  • Projects should not entail travelling for speakers or for participants, due to the current pandemic and the restrictions in place;
  • Projects should have a political impact (policy implications and/or analysis) rather than a cultural outlook;
  • Projects should have European scope;
  • Projects should have a good quality outcome;
  • Projects should be easy to communicate;
  • Projects should have some co-financing by a local counterpart, member or partner;
  • Projects should not go against EFA objectives, such as respect for democratic values, cultural diversity, collective rights and peace;
  • Gender equality in the composition of panels in conferences and publications is a requirement.
  • Priority will be given to those projects already approved in previous years;
  • Projects submitted by the same researchers will not be granted again in two consecutive years;
  • Project budgets should not include provisions to human resources or coordination.

Our work program falls into 4 main pillars of action: (1) political and socio-economic studies, (2) historical and philosophical works, (3) direct interactions with EU institutions and (4) capacity-building.

Your projects should fall into one of these 4 categories, but it can also include: a series of interviews, media work, or archiving services. Other types of services or websites are atypical, but also eligible for funding.


Coppieters Foundation is a non-profit European political foundation. Our budget is partially funded by the European Parliament. Therefore, implementation of projects must follow strict rules to ensure correct implementation of (1) the European Union financial regulations and rules of application, (2) the grant agreement signed with the European Parliament, and (3) Coppieters’ own internal control rules and procedures.

IMPORTANT: Coppieters Foundation and its project partners share project costs. All projects are co-financed by project partners in the form of direct project contributions.

Coppieters is a recognised political foundation at European level, hence financial contributions are regulated by articles 2.7 and 2.8 of the regulation 1141/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the statute and funding of European political parties and European political foundations).

The desirable project contribution is set at 15% for our members, 30% for our associated members and 50% for non-members. Please bear in mind that members and associated members pay annual fees to Coppieters foundation.


1. Can we apply our project in a different language other than English?

Yes. Please respect the deadline set for applications in languages other than English in order for us to have enough time to translate the documents.

2. Can we organise a cultural event, like an art exhibition or music festival?

As outlined above, be aware that we will not be accepting projects requiring the physical presence of speakers or participants for this call. Although we coordinate research on cultural diversity, our work program includes projects that carry out or engage with political analysis. We are looking for projects with a political focus and European scope. Art exhibitions and music festivals do not fall under our pillars of action.

3. Can we apply more than one project?


4. If we submitted a project last year, can we apply another project this year?


5. What does a typical budget break-down look like for a conference, study or other types of projects?

Below you can see estimates of costs and approximate budget break-downs for each activity based on our past experience. Please use these as a guide when designing your project. Do get in touch with service suppliers in your geographical area as prices can vary.

(1) STUDIES have an approximate costs of 10.000 to 15.000 EUR

1.000,00 to 4.000,00 EUR – Drafting of the text and research

1.500,00 to 2.500,00 EUR – Graphic design
3.000,00 to 7.000,00 EUR – Translation, copy-editing and proofreading
4.000,00 to 7.000,00 EUR – Printing and distribution

(2) PODCASTS have an approximate cost of 4.000 EUR

1.000,00 to 2.000,00 EUR – Travel costs and accommodation
1.000,00 to 2.000,00 EUR – Audio editing

(3) VIDEOS have an approximate cost of 10.000 EUR

1.000,00 to 3.000,00 EUR – Storyboard
3.000,00 to 8.000,00 EUR – Video editing

6. How do project contributions work in practice?

Project partners will sign a project cooperation agreement, which will stipulate the rights and responsibilities of all project partners, as well as the amount of the project contribution in the favour of Coppieter Foundation. Please check the detailed guidelines and FAQ page at the end of the Project Application Form.

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The Coppieters Foundation is financially supported by the European Parliament. The European Parliament is not liable for the content of the conferences, events or the opinions of the authors of our publications.

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