You are advised to read the following information carefully before filling in and submitting the application form, which is also available on this website. Please note that subsequent changes – whether before or after the deadline for submissions – cannot be made to applications received (see Section 4).
If you have any questions after reading this guide, please do not hesitate to email them to the EMP office.
2.1 Target groups
Submissions for the Emperor Maximilian Prize (EMP) are invited from the following:
- Groups (companies, societies/associations)
- Research institutions
- Stakeholder bodies
- Public authorities
In cases where the project involves several natural or juridical persons, a coordinator (hereinafter "the applicant") must be named in the application form.
2.2 Formal requirements for applicants
Submissions for the EMP will only be accepted by the EMP office if the applicant and all the details provided in the application form satisfy the requirements listed below in full. In particular, applications must be complete and formally correct and must be submitted electronically by the stated deadline. No objections of any kind shall be entertained and legal process is excluded.
2.2.2 Project requirements
In addition to completeness, formal correctness and punctual electronic submission, the application must also clearly show that the project satisfies the following criteria:
- Status of the project: The application must relate to a current project or one that is about to be implemented.
- Goals/values: The project must be in compliance with the objectives of the European Union (EU)1 and/or the Council of Europe2.
- Geographical scope: The project must be implemented in one or several of the 28 member countries of the EU and/or 47 member countries of the Council of Europe3 and have a focus on inter-regional (regions, länder, cantons, provinces, etc.) or inter-municipal cooperation.
- Marketing: The project must be implemented in the public space or must be designed to communicate the goals and values of a united Europe with maximum media and/or public impact.
- Innovation: The project, or at least prominent aspects of the project, must be seen as being unique in the European context.
- Inclusion: The project must be designed to communicate as multifaceted an image of society as possible.
- Model function: The project must be suitable for transfer to other regions or municipalities in the same or a similar way.
- Non-profit: The project must have a focus on the common good and not be (primarily) profit-oriented.
- Legality: The project must not infringe any legal provisions of the country involved nor any general principles of European law.
- Time frame: The project must either have begun already4 or be about to be implemented. Finished projects cannot be considered.5.
2.2.3 Applicant requirements
- The applicant must be at least 18 years old6 and a citizen of one of the 28 member countries of the EU and/or 47 member countries of the Council of Europe7.
- The applicant must submit the project individually or on behalf of a group of natural or juridical persons.
- The application must be written in English, French or German.
- The applicant is responsible for the completeness and correctness of the application, with the following information to be provided in the application form8:
- Given name and surname
- Date of birth
- Place of birth
- Place of residence
- (Mobile) phone number, including country code
- Email address
- Full title of project
- Short title, i.e. a one-word project description9;
- Project status, i.e. in the implementation or concrete planning stage
- Project location, i.e. the regions or municipalities involved in the project (separated by commas)
- (Expected) start of the project
- (Expected) end of the project
- Non-profit status
- Project description;
- Publications on the subject of the project, where available
- Project funding statement (sponsors, partnerships, etc. and intended use of the prize money if awarded)
- Declaration of acceptance of the competition rules
- Location, Date, Signature.
- No subsequent changes may be made to applications submitted.