The European Commission is launching the first Horizon Impact Award - a prize dedicated to EU-funded projects whose results have created societal impact across Europe and beyond. The prize acknowledges and rewards the most influential and impactful project results under Horizon 2020, the EU research and innovation programme, and its predecessor, the 7th Framework programme (FP7, 2007-2013).
Carlos Moedas Commissioner for Research Science and Innovation said:
Great science is what moves our world forward, and more than ever we look to the world of research for solutions to the challenges we are facing. With this award we want to celebrate the scientists whose work has made a difference to all of us in our daily lives.
The prize will highlight concrete achievements that have demonstrable value for society, and will celebrate the people who made it happen. The contest is open only to FP7 and Horizon 2020 projects that are closed and that can provide proof of their impact. Each of the five winners will receive €10,000.
This prize aims to illustrate the wider socio-economic benefits of EU investment in research and innovation and to encourage project beneficiaries on how best to manage and utilise research results. The five winners will be announced at the award ceremony in Brussels in September, with more than 4,000 high-level industry participants and promotors of innovation.