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EU Prize for Women Innovators 2021

Awards to Israel and International Women
Entrepreneurs for Innovative Projects

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06/30/21 5:00 PM CET (Brussels time)


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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 women play in providing ground-breaking changes to the market, and to recognize the outstanding achievements of women entrepreneurs who run particularly innovative companies.

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. 


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 up to four women innovators in total (including one young 'Rising Innovator') 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 European citizens.

Expected results

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

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.

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GrantWatch ID#: 160966

Number of Grants:

The Prize is awarded to up to four women innovators in total (including one young 'Rising Innovator').

Estimated Size of Grant:

Three prizes of €100,000 each are awarded in the main category. A fourth prize of €50,000 is awarded to a promising ‘Rising Innovator’ aged 30 or younger.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

In order to be eligible, all applicants must be:
- A woman
- An ordinary resident in an EU Member State (including overseas countries and territories, OCTs) or a country associated to Horizon Europe
- Founder or co-founder of an active innovative company registered at least two years before the submission deadline.

In addition to the above, those applying for the Rising Innovator category must be aged 30 or younger at the start of the call year. There is no age limit to apply for the main category, though applicants eligible for both prize categories can only apply to one.

In both categories, two or more female co-founders of a single company may submit a joint application, competing for one single prize.

EU bodies — EU bodies (with the exception of the European Commission Joint Research Centre) cannot apply.

See the following link for information about ineligible applicants:

Pre-Application Information:

- Call opening: 18 March 2021
- Deadline for submission: 30 June 2021 – 17:00 CET (Brussels)
- Evaluation: July-October 2021
- Information on evaluation results/award: October-November 2021

Submission is a 2-step process:
a) Create a user account and register your organisation

To use the Submission System (the only way to apply), all participants need to create an EULogin user account. Once you have an EULogin account, you can register your organisation in the Participant Register. When your registration is finalised, you will receive a 9-digit participant identification code (PIC).

b) Submit the application
Access the Electronic Submission System via the Topic page in the Search Funding & Tenders section.
Submit your application in 2 parts, as follows:
- Part A includes administrative information about the applicant organisations. Fill it in directly online
- Part B (description of the action) covers the technical content of the application. Download the mandatory word template from the Submission System, fill it in and upload it as a PDF file.

Up to 20 shortlisted candidates will be invited to a hearing with the jury. This hearing may take place remotely, or at the Agency premises in Brussels.

On the basis of the evaluation by the jury (and after the mandatory checks: ethics review, security scrutiny, legal entity validation, non-exclusion, double funding and plagiarism, etc), the awarding authority will decide on the award of the prize.

All applications will be informed about the evaluation result (evaluation result letter). Successful applications will be awarded the prize; the not successful ones will be rejected.


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Directorate-General for Research and Innovation
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+32 2 299 11 11 (Commission switchboard)

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