All European public sector institutions from all administrative levels, as well as public sector enterprises, agencies or public-private partnerships were invited to submit their projects for the award. The application period ran from 5 February to 24 April 2015.
In concrete terms, this includes all public entities from cities, local authorities, the supra-local (provincial) and regional level, as well as public sector organisations at national and European level.
The lead applicant must be a public sector institution or authority (other applicants – in a consortium, for example – can be private, semi-public, NGO or academic).
Category 1: European, national or regional administrative level.
The supra-local and local level refers to the administrative and political levels below the regional level.
France: national level; regional level: régions (mainland and overseas regions); supra-local and local level:départements, municipalités.
Spain: national level; regional level: comunidades autónomas, ciudades autónomas; supra-local and local:provincias diputaciones, municipios.
Poland: national level; regional level: Voivodship - Województwo; supra-local and local level: powiaty(councils/districts), gminy (municipalities).
Bulgaria: national level; supra-local and local level: Obshtina (municipalities).
Eligibility criteria to be fulfilled by the applicants are:
Finally, previous EPSA participants may re-submit projects from the previous EPSA editions on the basis that it includes an intelligent adaptation, update and extension of past projects.
"The prize is a unique opportunity for a small-scale project to present itself and reach a wider attention” (EPSA 2011 applicant)