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TOPIC : EU Prize for Women Innovators 2017

Topic identifier: WIP-01-2017
Publication date: 13 September 2016

Types of action: RPr Recognition Prize
Opening date:
13 September 2016
Deadline: 03 November 2016 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
  Horizon 2020
Topic Description

Europe urgently needs more innovators to stay competitive in the coming decades and to spur economic growth. The large number of well-educated women who, for various reasons, including lack of awareness, do not consider entrepreneurship as an option, represents a tremendous untapped pool of innovation.

Awards have a strong potential to drive innovation through the recognition of achievements and the promotion of role models. Therefore, the European Commission created in 2011 a Prize for Women Innovators to increase public awareness of this issue and to encourage women to exploit the commercial and business opportunities and become entrepreneurs.

After the success of the forerunners of the contest in 2011, 2014 and 2016, the Commission intends to continue its drive to spotlight women researchers who have brought outstanding innovations to the market.

For the 4th the EC wants to highlight the outstanding achievements of women innovators who have (co-) founded a successful company and brought an innovation to market and benefitted from Research and Innovation funding from the public or private sector.

The Commission will award up to three "EU Prize for Women Innovators" and one "Rising Innovator Award" following a European-wide contest. New in this edition, female innovators (aged 30 years or under) at the start of their careers can win the new prize for the Rising Innovator 2017!

First Prize 100 000 EUR

Second Prize 50 000 EUR

Third Prize 30 000 EUR

Rising Innovator 20 000 EUR

You can receive regular updates on the contest via and follow us on Twitter #WIPrizeEU

Cross-cutting Priorities:

Open Innovation

Topic conditions and documents


Please read carefully all provisions below before the preparation of your application.

  1. List of countries and applicable rules for funding: described in part 8 of the Rules for Contests.
  2. Eligibility and exclusion criteria: described in part 8 of the Rules for Contests.

    Proposal page limits and layout: Please refer to the application template.

  3. Evaluation and award criteria and procedure: described in part 3 of the Rules for Contests
  4.  Indicative timetable for evaluation and award of prizes:

  5. Application templates and evaluation forms for prizes under this topic:
    Application PART A and PART B for the prize is available after entering the submission tool
    Application form PART  A and PART B template for EU Prize for Women Innovators

  6. Additional provisions: described in the Rules for Contests

  7. Additional documents:

    Legal basis: Horizon 2020 - Science with and for Society Work Programme 2016-17

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