Apply now for 6th Innovation in Politics Awards!

  • Are you aware of projects or initiatives in Ireland that are innovative? have improved well-being in our communities? made a positive difference to people’s lives?
  • Were they are or are they supported through political decision-making?

We are excited to announce that we have opened applications for our annual Innovation in Politics Awards, now in its sixth year.  Apply now! There are no charges for submitting an entry. Closing date for entries

The Awards are designed to recognise politicians who drive change through their decision-making and actions such as funding, legislation, programmes, schemes, projects initiatives and so on.   Peter Burke, Minister of State for Planning and Local Government and See Her Elected were recognised across Europe in 2021 for innovative work on democratic participation that supports women’s political voices including supporting them to stand as candidates in local politics 2021 Democracy Award Winners See Her Elected

Irish winners of Democracy Award 2021: Dubravka Šuica, European Commission Vice-President for Democracy and Demography;  Michelle Maher, See Her Elected Programme Manager, Peter Burke, Minister of State at the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage  with Helfried Carl, Founder & Managing Partner at the Innovation in Politics Institute Copyright: Innovation in Politics Institute / Elias Pargan

This year, initiatives and projects from all Council of Europe member states are encouraged to apply for an Innovation in Politics Award by 15 November 2022. They will have the chance to win in one of eight categories:

  1. Democracy (e.g. inclusion, community engagement, equality)
  2. Climate Protection (e.g. decarbonisation, environmental protection, sustainability)
  3. Democracy Technologies ( participation)
  4. Education (e.g learning, teaching, empowerment)
  5. Government Improvement (e.g transparency, accountability). This is a new award for 2022.
  6. Social Cohesion (e.g. diversity, migration, engagement)
  7. Local Development (e.g. rural areas, local economy, local initiatives)
  8. Party Innovation (e.g. new technologies, mobilisation, transparency by political parties or emerging political parties). This is a new award for 2022.
For each Award ten finalists and one winner will be chosen, who will be announced at a gala in May 2023, which all finalists will be invited to attend. The winning projects will be selected by a Europe-wide Citizens’ Jury, of 1,000 members, in January 2023.If you are involved in a project or know someone that deserves recognition – we want to hear from you and give you recognition at a European level and be part of sharing best practice with other countries.

The Innovation in Politics Awards 2023 team: (left to right) Edward Strasser, CEO and Founder, Ioana Casapu, Head of Marketing Communications, Marie Wutzler, Project Manager, Josef Zehetner, Awards Manager and Project Manager, Ronny Zuckermann, Founder and Chief Strategist. Photo credit Ferdinand Kern


As one of our 1,000 citizens’ jurors for The Innovation in Politics Awards, your voice will help to decide which projects are recognised as the most exemplary in Europe!

Do you know of  successfully implemented innovative projects, locally or nationally which have improved wellbeing in your community? Tell us about it.

Joan O’Flynn, Ireland representative of the Innovation in Politics Institute with CEO Edward Strasser.


Joan O’Flynn

Ireland Representative of Innovation in Politics Institute, Vienna and European City of Democracy

Partnered in Ireland by School of Law and Government Dublin City University
Mob: 00 353 879051514
Twitter: joanoflynn1

About The Innovation in Politics Institute

The Innovation in Politics Institute is an international, non-governmental organisation that identifies, develops and implements innovation in politics in order to strengthen democracy in Europe and beyond. With an international network of offices and partner organisations in 16 countries, and together with political leaders at all levels, the institute is building tomorrow’s politics today.