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Call for Proposals to Promote and Protect the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Call for Proposals to Promote and Protect the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Deadline: 1 June 2020

This Call for Proposals is published under the Regulation (EU) No 1381/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 December 2013 establishing a Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme for the period 2014 to 2020 (‘REC Programme’).

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This calls for proposals aims to support specific activities of disability stakeholders active in the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and to support the Commission’s ongoing and future disability initiatives including the implementation of the European Disability Strategy and the European Pillar of Social Rights, in particular Principles 1, 12, 17, 19 and 20.


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The objectives of this call are to:

promote the collection, exchange and dissemination of innovative good practice for the promotion and protection of the rights of persons with disabilities and for their active inclusion and full participation in the society taking into account socio economic trends such as the ageing of the population and digitalisation.
fill in data gaps related to the situation of persons with disabilities in specific areas such as for example on deinstitutionalisation and independent living, social protection, education, accessibility markets or assistive technology service delivery.
Type of Actions

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The types of activities that may be funded under this call for proposals include:

studies, researches, analyses, surveys, evaluations, collection of data and statistics; development of common methodologies and, where appropriate, indicators or benchmarks; elaboration and publication of guides, reports and educational material;
mutual learning, peer reviews, workshops, experts’ meetings and conferences;
training activities, train-the-trainer events and the development of online training tools or other training modules;
awareness-raising and dissemination activities, such as the identification of, and exchanges concerning, good practices, innovative approaches and experiences; media campaigns; compilation and publication of materials to disseminate information about the Programme and its results; the development, operation and maintenance of systems and tools using information and communication technologies.
Proposed actions should be creative and propose innovative measures whilst building on existing good practice where relevant. The instrument or combination of instruments proposed should be adequate to address the issues at stake and be targeted to achieve the objectives set.

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Expected Outcomes

Good practices for the promotion and protection of the rights of persons with disabilities and for their active inclusion and full participation in the society have been collected, exchanged and disseminated;
Information to fill in data gaps has been collected;
Advice and recommendations by experts and grassroots, in particular for ongoing or future Commission initiatives, have been produced;
Support to the full implementation of the European Disability Strategy, European Pillar of Social Rights and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities at EU, national, regional and local levels, has increased.
Other elements to be taken into account

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When drafting the proposal, applicants are invited to pay particular attention to the following elements:

The proposal should:
provide a clear explanation of the rationale and problem definition/analysis underpinning the proposed action, as well as the specific contribution of the action to the objectives of the call for proposals and its expected impact;
include a methodology for implementation that allows monitoring of progress and identification of results;
include a detailed dissemination plan to promote at EU level the results of the action, including a dissemination event.
The choice of organisations involved and countries covered should be duly explained as regards their relevance towards the specific objectives of the action and their EU dimension.
Funding Information

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The total budget earmarked for the EU co-financing of projects under this call is estimated at EUR 1 320 000.
EU grant requested should indicatively be between EUR 250 000 and EUR 500 000 (and cannot be lower than EUR 100 000). The European Commission is favourable to larger scale actions.
Duration: The indicative duration of the project should be 24 months.
Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility of the applicants:

Place of establishment: Legal entities properly established and registered in one of the countries participating in REC programme are eligible as lead applicant and co-applicants:
EU Member States;
Iceland and Liechtenstein;
Type of entities: To be eligible, the lead applicant and co-applicant(s) must be public entities or private organisations, or international organisations. Organisations that are profit-oriented must submit applications in partnership with public entities or private non-profit-oriented organisations.
Consortia: To be eligible, actions must have the involvement of a consortium (lead applicant and minimum one co-applicant).
Affiliated entities: Affiliated entities to the applicant(s) are NOT eligible to receive funding under this call for proposal. If affiliated entities want to participate, they may participate as co-applicants.
Associate organisations: An associate organisation can participate in the action but may not declare eligible costs.
For more information, visit https://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?catId=629&langId=en&callId=596&furtherCalls=yes

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