EIC: EU Prize for Women Innovators

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  • Action type: HORIZON-RPr HORIZON Recognition Prize (HORIZON-EIC-2021-WomenInnovatorsPrize)
  • Opening date: Thursday, March 18th, 2021
  • Closing date: Wednesday, June 30th, 2021 17:00 (Europe/Brussels)
  • Budget per project: € 100 000 of total € 350 000
  • Estimated number of projects funded: 4
  • Official website

Scope

The EU Prize for Women Innovators celebrates the women entrepreneurs behind game-changing innovations. In doing so, the EU seeks to raise awareness of the need for more female innovators, and create role models for women and girls everywhere.

The prize is awarded to the most talented women entrepreneurs from across the EU and countries associated to Horizon Europe, who have founded a successful company and brought innovation to market. The prize is launched and managed by the European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency, and the winners are chosen by an independent expert jury.

Additionally to the main prizes of EUR 100 000 each, in a second category, a prize of EUR 50 000 is awarded to a promising ‘Rising Innovator’ aged 30 or younger.

The prizes will boost public awareness of the potential, importance and contribution of women to the innovation ecosystem and create strong role models inspiring other women to become innovators themselves.

Remarks

The prize is awarded to the most talented women entrepreneurs from across the EU and countries associated to Horizon Europe, who have founded a successful company and brought innovation to the market. Applicants must be a founder or co-founder of an active innovative company registered at least two years before the submission deadline. The prize is managed by the European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency, and the winners are chosen by an independent expert jury.


For an introduction “How to prepare a successful proposal in Horizon Europe”, please see the EC’s Webinar of March, 24, 2021.