Horizon Prize - EU Prize for Women Innovators 2017 H2020-WIPRIZEEU-2017 Closed!


The Commission plans to award up to three "EU Prize for Women Innovators" and one "Rising Innovator Award" following a European-wide contest. The prizes are addressed to women who have founded or co-founded a company and who themselves or their company have benefitted from funding related to research and/or innovation. The prizes will not reward research or innovation proposed for the future, but only achievements that have been already obtained by the contestant.


Contestants for the "EU Prize for Women Innovators 2017" shall comply with the following eligibility criteria to participate:

  1. The contestant must be a woman. For Rising Innovator Award following applies: The contestant must be a woman born as of 1986.
  2. The contestant must be an ordinary resident in an EU Member State or a country associated to Horizon 2020.
  3. The contestant must be the founder or co-founder of an existing and active company which was registered before 1 January 2015.
  4. The annual turnover of the company was at least EUR 0.10 million in 2014 or 2015.
  5. Either the contestant as a natural person or the company founded/co-founded by the candidate have received or is receiving European or national funding for Research and Innovation or bank funding or alternative sources of financing such as private equity, venture capital, crowd funding through platforms or business angels.

Cross-cutting Priorities will be Gender and Open Innovation

European community funding

The Community provisional funding available for the call for proposals is:

  • 0,20 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 03 November 2016 - 4 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Official webpage of the call

Useful documents

  • Contest rules (Legal base)

Organisations eligible to participate

Opened to the following bodies or institutes with legal status established in the covered areas:

  • Any legal organisation

Covered areas

Bodies or institutes must have their registered legal seat in one of the countries taking part in the Programme which are:

  • European Union (EU)

Directorate-Generale responsible

Directorate-General for Research

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