Call for ideas for our 2022 workplan now open!

Deadline: 3 January 2022

News / 29.10.21

The procedure for sending in project ideas and proposals is now open. Please submit them by 3rd January 2022 or 20th December 2021 if submitted in a language other than English.

The projects received will be discussed and approved by the Coppieters Bureau at their next meeting in January, 2022.

Is there an idea you want us to consider or undertake? Do you think we need to focus research or training efforts in a specific direction? Do you want to engage with us in building an alternative Europe? Please complete this Call for Ideas for the 2022 workplan APPLICATION FORM  and send it to us at

Notification: All ideas and project applicants will be notified by end of January or beginning of February 2022 about the decision of the Coppieters Bureau.

NB: Given the current health situation and it’s unpredictability during the last couple of years, the Coppieters Bureau will assess ideas and proposals also based on feasibility, especially regarding travels of speakers and/or participants and their necessity to ensure the completion of the project idea.`


When submitting an idea, please note that it has to comply with the following criteria:

  • Proposals should have a political impact (meaning with policy implications,  and/or analysis) rather than a cultural outlook;
  • Proposals should take the current pandemic and associated restrictions in place into account, putting forward a project that can realistically be put in place given the current circumstances;
  • Proposals should have European scope;
  • Proposals should have a good quality outcome;
  • Proposals should be easy to communicate and have easy to communicate outcomes;
  • Proposals should foresee some co-financing by a local counterpart, member or partner in the form of a financial contribution;
  • Proposals 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 proposals already approved in previous years;
  • Proposals submitted by the same researchers will not be granted again in two consecutive years;
  • Proposals with detailed budgets should exclude provisions to fund human resources or coordination.

Our work program is based on 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 ideas should ideally 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 consideration.


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.

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.

Coppieters Foundation and its project partners may agree co-financed projects in the form of contributions or donations as per the above mentioned regulation.

The contribution is propsed 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 the Coppieters Foundation


  1. Can we apply in a different language 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.

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

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 an analytical focus – looking more to public policies and case studies.- and European scope. Art exhibitions and music festivals do not fall under our pillars of action.

  1. Can we apply for more than one project?


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


  1. 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 breakdowns 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) CONFERENCES have an approximate cost of 5,000 to 15,000 EUR

1,000 to 5,000 EUR – Travel costs and accommodation
2,000 to 4,000 EUR – Interpretation (English <> second language)
2,000 to 4,000 EUR – Interpretation facilities (booths, headphones, micro)
1,000 to 3,000 EUR – Media insertions + printing materials

500 to 1,000 EUR – Coffee breaks and meals

(2) STUDIES have an approximate cost of 10,000 to 15,000 EUR

1,000 to 4,000 EUR – Drafting of the text and research

1,500 to 2,500 EUR – Graphic design
3,000 to 7,000 EUR – Translation, copy-editing and proofreading
4,000 to 7,000 EUR – Printing and distribution

(3) PODCASTS have an approximate cost of 4,000 EUR

1,000 to 2,000 EUR – Travel costs and accommodation
1,000 to 2,000 EUR – Audio editing

(4) VIDEOS have an approximate cost of 10,000 EUR

1,000 to 3,000 EUR – Storyboard
3,000 to 8,000 EUR – Video editing

(5) WEBINARS have an approximate cost of 2,000 EUR

1,000 to 2,000 EUR – Video design and promotion materials

  1. How does co-financing work in practice?

Project partners sign a project cooperation agreement, which frames the terms of the cooperation and partnership.  Coppieters shall cover the expenditure linked to projects it organizes jointly with others (members or partners) and partners may agree depending on their possibilities to make a financial contribution in favour of the Coppieters Foundation. The amount is set in the partnership agreement and may be a fixed amount or be calculated based on real expenses linked to an action. 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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