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Copernicus Prizes

Copernicus Prizes
Published on: 23/08/2018 Last update: 23/08/2018
Deadline: 23/10/2018
The European Commission is launching a call for proposals for the organisation of the Copernicus Prizes competition for 2019-2020.

 The objectives of the Copernicus Prizes are:

  1. Increasing the use of Copernicus data and services, notably by raising awareness of Copernicus in new user communities (in particular in the ICT sector) and geographical areas.
  2. Supporting 15 start-ups annually (in 2019 and in 2020) through the award of a €10,000 prize and the visibility provided by the prize and award ceremony. To further support the development of the successful applications, each winner will be offered a ticket to the Copernicus Accelerator (entirely covered by a different contract).
  3. Fostering the emergence of a vibrant Copernicus ecosystem in Europe for stakeholders (research centers, universities, small and large companies, etc.), notably through the organisation of a prestigious award ceremony.

The winner of this call will be responsible for: 

  1. The organisation of a prize competition, including the promotion, evaluation, selection and the award of the prize (15 prizes of €10,000 each year in 2019 and 2020).
  2. The organisation of the award ceremony.
  3. Reporting to the European Commission.

The maximum EU contribution for this call is €600,000.

The maximum EU financing rate of eligible costs is 85%. The applicant must demonstrate their ability to finance at least 15% of the remaining eligible costs. Applications may not include contributions in kind as part of their co-financing.

The EU contribution includes:

  • a maximum of €300,000 for the cash prizes (15 prizes per year, €10,000 euros per prize) with a maximum EU financing rate of 100%.
  • a maximum of €300,000 for the organisation of the prizes (including the award ceremony (€150,000 per year)) with a maximum EU financing rate of 70%.

This call for proposals will select a single-beneficiary. Consortia are not eligible.

Proposals requesting an EU contribution higher than €600,000 or an EU co-financing rate higher than 85% will not be eligible.


Stage Indicative timing
Publication of the call 23 August 2018
Deadline for submitting applications 23 October 2018
Information to applicants November 2018
Signature of grant agreement January 2019
Starting date of action/work programme Q1 2019
Indicative duration of actions 26 months

Eligibility criteria

  • Applicants must be natural or legal persons with legal personality in accordance with the laws of an EU country, Iceland or Norway.
  • Copernicus data and services information products must form a central part in the project presented by any applicant.
  • British applicants should be aware that they must comply with the eligibility criteria for the entire duration of the grant. If the United Kingdom withdraws from the EU during the grant period without concluding an agreement with the EU which ensures that British applicants will remain eligible, they will cease to receive EU funding (while continuing, where possible, to participate) or be required to leave the project on the basis of Article II.17 of the grant agreement.

Submission of proposals

The full text of the call is available here. A model grant agreement is also available for information, but the actual call for proposals takes precedence.

Applicants should use the Electronic Submission System (SEP) to submit their proposal.

You will need to create an EU Login account (formerly ECAS) if you do not already have one.

The deadline for electronic submissions is 23 October 2018 at 17:00 (CET).

Additional information

More on the Copernicus programme

More on the Copernicus start-up programme

Questions and answers

Potential applicants should send their questions to:

The email subject should be 'Copernicus Prizes call'. Only questions sent to this mailbox will be answered. Answers will be published periodically and within a reasonable period of time on this webpage. The deadline for submitting questions related to this call is 25 September 2018.

Applicants will be informed of the results of the evaluation within 3 months of the submission deadline.