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Horizon 2020 – EU Prize for women innovators – 2020

Grants for the support and promotion of science- based projects and more precisely to help citizens, organisations and territories to open a new chapter of their development through joint research and innovation activities.

350 000 euro

Appeal framework

Institution European Commission
Regions European Union, Worldwide

Eligible countries: 
* EU members states;
* Horizon 2020 associated countries

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Priorities and funded actions

* Awarding women who have created the largest impact on the innovation ecosystem by transforming ideas into new and advanced products and/or services for the benefit and wealth of the European citizens;
* Boosting public awareness of the potential, importance and contribution of women to the innovation ecosystem;
* Creating strong role models inspiring other women to become innovators themselves

* Breakthrough Innovation: the company founded or co-founded by the contestant provides a truly innovative product or service;
* Impact: the product or service addresses a specific societal need or challenge, with significant benefits to citizens and to the economy;
* Inspiration: the contestant has shown active leadership, she has played a pivotal role in the success of the company and inspired others

Actions financées
* Awarding up to four women innovators in total;
* Including one young woman innovator, so-called ‘rising innovator’

Additional information
* Eligibility:
– Be a woman;
– For the Rising Innovator Award, the contestant must be a woman on or after 1 January 1985;
– Be an ordinary resident in an EU Member State or a country associated to Horizon 2020;
– Be the founder or co-founder of an existing and active innovative company registered before 1 January 2018


Amount of the prize:
* 3 prizes of 100,000 euro,
* One prize of 50,000 for the ‘rising innovator’ category

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