Horizon Impact Award 2020

New Deadline: The new Horizon Impact Award opened on 13 February. Applications will remain open until 15 April 2020.

What is the Horizon Impact Award?

This award is the European Commission's initiative to recognise and celebrate outstanding projects that have used their results to provide value for society.

These projects must have been funded by FP7 and/or Horizon 2020 funding programmes and they must be closed by the time of application.

The 2019 edition

The Commission announced the winners on 26 September 2019. The winning projects have come up with a new drug for a rare disease, helped prevent child abuse, increased security of browsing the web and protected coastal areas against the effects of climate change.

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Why is there an award?

The award aims to show the wider socio-economic benefits of EU investment in research and innovation.

The award enables individuals or teams to showcase their best practices and achievements. This will encourage other beneficiaries to use and manage their results in the best way possible.

It aims to create role models and inspire beneficiaries of research and innovation funding to maximise the impact of their research.

They can do this by directly exploiting results or by playing an active role ensuring stakeholders effectively use the results.

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Award value

5 awards of €10,000 each

The winners will be invited to European Research and Innovation Days hosted in Brussels, which will include a selected audience of high-level representatives and promoters of innovation in industry and the public sector.

The Horizon Impact Award will provide the winners with high visibility in the form of public interest and increased media coverage.

The Commission will further promote the winners by inviting them to provide testimony at other major events.

Who can apply?

The contest is open to all legal entities, individuals or teams, that have completed an FP7 and/or Horizon 2020 project.

The applicants will be required to submit a letter of support from at least one user or user community, stating the importance of the research and how using it created concrete benefits for the specific user-community. This user should not be an academic organisation.

Award criteria

The applications must address the following cumulative criteria:

  • From results to societal benefits - proven link between funded project results to their uptake and creation of societal benefits.
    Applicants must demonstrate that they have directly exploited their research and innovation results or have played an active role in the uptake of the results by third parties.
    The direct and indirect exploitation of results can take many forms among which are influencing policy change, commercialising a service or product, creating a start-up/spin-off, creating a new standard and more.
    The results should also benefit or address a well-defined target audience.
  • Impact - potential longer-term impact for society, the economy and/or policymaking
    Applicants must demonstrate how the uptake of their research results has helped solve a societal challenge and generate economic, societal, environmental or policy impact.


Two different panels of experts will evaluate applications

  • internal European Commission experts for the eligibility check and pre-selection
  • external high-level experts for final selection

How to apply

Participants can apply for the contest online via the Funding and Tenders Portal. The full details are explained in the following documents.

Survey on the regional relevance - all prospective applicants are invited to fill out the survey on the regional relevance of the impact described in the application for the Horizon Impact Award 2020. This survey will not be evaluated as part of the application. This is not a compulsory requirement


For more information, please contact us: ec-horizon-impact-award@ec.europa.eu