Horizon Prize 2020 - SOFT Innovation Prize H2020-Prize-Innovation-SOFT-2020 Closed!


The SOFT Innovation Prize is being offered to highlight and reward the excellence in innovation that can be found in fusion research as well as the quality of the researchers and industries involved. Following the successful running of this contest in coordination with SOFT 2014, 2016 and 2018 (Symposium on Fusion Technology), the European Commission is holding the contest again in coordination with the next SOFT in 2020. There are no specific categories for this prize. Contestants are free to submit an application concerning any physics or technology innovation that has been or is being developed in magnetic confinement fusion research and that has a market potential or has been taken up (or recognised) by industry to be further developed for the market.


The prize will be awarded, after closure of the contest, to the contestant(s) who in the opinion of the jury best addresses the following cumulative criteria:

  1. Originality and replicability: The extent to which the idea is innovative, original and a first-of-a-kind use of the technology in industry or in the domain of application. The description should be clear, logically presented and well illustrated.
  2. Technical excellence:The extent to which the innovation is demonstrably state-of-theart and based on excellent science and engineering.
  3. Economic impact and exploitation of the innovation:The extent to which the submission demonstrates understanding and awareness of the relevant innovation aspects, including market potential / needs and business opportunities.
  4. Plans for potential exploitation and further development of the innovation:The extent to which the prize would contribute to the successful exploitation and further development of the innovation, as described in the application

European community funding

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

  • 0,09 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 05 March 2020 - more than one year ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Official webpage of the call

Useful documents

  • Rules of the contest (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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