Start at Best
Reacting to the COVID-19 crisis, deadlines for the Start at Best calls are extended to give more time for applicants to prepare their proposals. Deadline extended to 3rd of June 2020
Start at Best is a Horizon 2020 project which promotes SME competitiveness through the funding of workplace innovation practices* (WPI) among the EU SME community. A competitive Open Call for Funding Proposals targeting Irish companies is now taking applications for company initiatives which support and/or improve working conditions and/or the workplace environment; ultimately having the potential to drive the company’s business competitiveness. Call details are available on Start at Best website.
FIVE companies from across the Irish member state will each receive the sum of €7,500 to support a workplace initiative. NO match funding is required. Initiatives which meet key criteria and with a start date between March 2nd and 31st July 2020 can apply for funding and will be judged on pre-set criteria by an independent judging panel.
The present project comes at a critical time since it is widely recognised that workplace innovation can effectively contribute to business competitiveness. Research has shown that while there is significant variation in the types of WPI practices in companies, the process of why and how these practices are implemented shows considerable similarity. While the reasons for introducing WPI are mainly related to enhancing efficiency, competitiveness and innovation, one positive result seems to be to strengthen the position of employees and employee representatives. As a result, WPI outcomes often lead to both enhanced economic performance and a better quality of working life for all concerned.
Cork City Council is one of four consortium partners under Start at Best. For further information and questions, contact Siobhán Finn, Innovation Programme Manager at City Council on firstname.lastname@example.org
*Workplace innovation (WPI) refers to practices that enable employees to participate in organisational change in such a way as to improve the quality of their working life and organisational performance.