Horizon Europe 2021- Horizon Prize - EU Prize for Women Innovators 2021 HORIZON-EIC-2021-WomenInnovatorsPrize Closed!


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.


If admissible and eligible, all eligible applications will be evaluated and ranked against the following award criteria:

  • Breakthrough innovation – the company founded or co-founded by the applicant provides a truly innovative product or service. In presenting her innovation, the applicant will clearly demonstrate what makes this product or service innovative, describing its added value and viability, particularly in relation to other existing solutions.
  • Impact – the product or service addresses a specific societal need or challenge, with significant benefits to citizens and to the economy. The applicant should describe the specific need addressed, and demonstrate the benefit of their product or service for society. She should demonstrate that the product or service contributes to the creation of jobs and growth in Europe. The applicant should also demonstrate her company's positive contribution to the broader innovation ecosystem.The applicant will support her reply with quantifiable information on the economic impact in particular, including countries where the product or service is commercialised, turnover (in EUR), jobs created, and any other direct or indirect impact. The applicant should also detail the medium- and long-term development strategy for the company.
  • Inspiration – the applicant has shown active leadership and has played a pivotal role in the success of the company. The applicant is a strong role model who has the potential to inspire others within her company and beyond.

European community funding

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

  • 0,35 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 30 June 2021 - 3 months ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Official webpage of the call

Useful documents

  • Rules of 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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