EU Prize for Women Innovators

Status:  Open to applications

Application Deadline: 16 January 2019


Prize offered to women innovators who have founded or co-founded a company and who have benefitted from the EU funding related to research and innovation.

Fund Value: £ 306,000
Maximum Value: £ 87,300
Minimum Value: £ 30,600

Value Notes

The three winners will each receive a prize worth €100,000. The separate Rising Innovator Prize is worth €35,000.

Extended Description

The European Union Women Innovators Prize was first awarded in 2011. The Prize was launched to identify women innovators who can act as role models for the next generation.

Although women are more and more active in research, there are still too few women who create innovative enterprises. This represents an untapped potential for Europe which needs to unleash this potential to remain competitive and find solutions to key challenges such as climate change, energy and resource efficiency, health and so on.

The Prize aims to provide inspiration to the next generation of women innovators and to raise awareness of entrepreneurship as an option for women researchers.

Latest Information

Applications for the 2019 awards should be submitted between 6 November 2018 and 16 January 2019.                         

Key Criteria

Women who have founded or co-founded their company before 1 January 2018 and who have at some point of their careers benefitted from the EU's research framework programmes, the EURATOM Framework Programme, the Competitiveness and Innovation framework programme (CIP) or actions relating to research and innovation under the European Structural and Investment Funds.

The contestant must reside in an EU Member State or a country associated to Horizon 2020.

For the Rising Innovator Award, participants must be aged 35 years or under.


The contestant must not have previously received any other EU prize that is the subject of the current competition.

A full list of exclusions can be found in the contest rules.

Award Categories

The competition is open to women who have achieved outstanding innovations and brought them to market.

Payment Procedures

The award will be paid in one instalment after the award ceremony by bank transfer, provided the winner has submitted the required evidence as regards eligibility.

Application Procedure

Applications are submitted online via the Participant Portal.

An independent panel of judges from business and academia will select the best applicants, who will be invited for a hearing in early 2019.

Addresses and contacts

Application forms may be available to download their website.
Contact details:
European Union Women Innovators Prize
Directorate General for Research and Innovation 
European Commission 
SDME 2/2 
B-1049 Brussels 
+32 2 29 911111