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EU Prize for Women Innovators 2020

Awards to Israel and International Women
Entrepreneurs for Exceptional Leadership

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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European Commission

Deadline Date:

04/21/20 5:00 PM CET (Brussels time)

Description:

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Awards to Israel and International women entrepreneurs for exceptional and creative contributions to the business sector. The award is intended to acknowledge the role that these women play in providing ground-breaking changes to the market, and to recognize the outstanding achievements of women entrepreneurs who run particularly innovative companies. The award program also seeks to raise awareness of the need for more female entrepreneurs, and create strong role models for women and girls.

Eligible entrepreneurs are located in the European Union, or one of the following Horizon 2020 countries: Iceland, Norway, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey, Israel, Moldova, Switzerland, Faroe Islands, Ukraine, Tunisia, Georgia, and Armenia. 

This award scheme recognizes the role of women in bringing about game-changing innovations to market honoring the outstanding achievements of women running innovative companies. The "EU Prize for Women Innovators" will be awarded to 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.

Award criteria:

  • 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 and her role has influenced the success of the company. The contestant has the potential to inspire others, within her company and beyond. The contestant is a strong role model who can inspire other women to become innovators/leaders in innovation.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 160966

Number of Grants:

The prize will be awarded to 4 women entrepreneurs.

Estimated Size of Grant:

- 3 Prizes: €100,000 each
- Rising Innovator: €50,000

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The contest is open to women from across the EU and countries associated to Horizon 2020, who have founded or co-founded a successful company and brought innovation to market.

Participants for the "EU Prize for Women Innovators 2020" have to comply with the following eligibility criteria to participate:
1. The participant must be a woman. For Rising Innovator Award, the participant must be a woman born as of January 1, 1985.
2. The participant must be an ordinary resident in an EU Member State or a country associated to Horizon 2020.
3. The participant must be the founder or co-founder of an existing and active innovative company that was registered before January 1, 2018.

Please also be aware that participants that have already received an EU or Euratom prize cannot receive a second prize for the same activities.

Participants will be excluded if they (or one of them):
- Are subject to an administrative sanction (i.e. exclusion or financial penalty decision)
- Are in one of the following situations:
- Bankrupt, being wound up, having their affairs administered by the courts, entered into an arrangement with creditors, suspended business activities or subject to any other similar proceedings or procedures under national law (including persons with unlimited liability for the participant's debts)
- In breach of social security or tax obligations by a final judgment or decision (including persons with unlimited liability for the participant's debts)
- Guilty of grave professional misconduct (including if done by persons having powers of representation, decision-making or control, beneficial owners or persons who are essential for the award of the prize)
- Committed fraud, corruption, links to a criminal organisation, money laundering, terrorism-related crimes (including if done by terrorism financing), child labor or human trafficking (including persons having powers of representation, decision-making or control, beneficial
owners or persons who are essential for the award of the prize)
- Shown significant deficiencies in complying with main obligations under an EU procurement contract, grant agreement or grant decision (including if done by persons having powers of representation, decision-making or control, beneficial owners or persons who are essential for the award of the prize).
- Guilty of irregularities within the meaning of Article 1(2) of Regulation No 2988/95 (including if done by persons having powers of representation, decision-making or control, beneficial owners or persons who are essential for the award of the prize)
- Created under a different jurisdiction with the intent to circumvent fiscal, social or other legal obligations in the country of origin or created another entity with this purpose (including if done by persons having powers of representation, decision-making or control, beneficial owners or persons who are essential for the award of the prize).
- Have misrepresented information required for participating in the contest or fail to submit such information
- Were involved in the preparation of the prize documents and this entails a distortion of competition.

The contestants must ensure that the activities do not:
- Aim at human cloning for reproductive purposes
- Intend to modify the genetic heritage of human beings which could make such changes heritable (with the exception of research relating to cancer treatment of the gonads); or
- Intend to create human embryos solely for the purpose of research or for the purpose of stem cell procurement, including by means of somatic cell nuclear transfer.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are now open until Tuesday 21 April at 17:00 CET (Brussels time). Winners will be announced in September 2020.

Additional information: https://ec.europa.eu/info/news/eu-prize-women-innovators-2020-opens-applications-2020-feb-11_en

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online:
https://ec.europa.eu/info/funding-tenders/opportunities/portal/screen/opportunities/topic-details/swfs-prize-2020

Direct questions to:
rtd-women-innovators@ec.europa.eu

Directorate-General for Research and Innovation
European Commission
1049 Bruxelles/Brussel
Belgium
+32 2 299 11 11 (Commission switchboard)

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