The objectives of the Copernicus Prizes are:

  1. Increasing the use of Copernicus data and services, notably by raising awareness of Copernicus in new user communities (in particular in the ICT sector) and geographical areas.
  2. Supporting 20 start-ups annually (in 2019 and in 2020) through the award of a €10,000 prize and the visibility provided by the prize and award ceremony. To further support the development of the successful applications, each winner will be offered a ticket to the Copernicus Accelerator (entirely covered by a different contract).
  3. Fostering the emergence of a vibrant Copernicus ecosystem in Europe for stakeholders (research centers, universities, small and large companies, etc.), notably through the organisation of a prestigious award ceremony.

The winner of this call will be responsible for: 

  1. The organisation of a prize competition, including the promotion, evaluation, selection and the award of the prize (20 prizes of €10,000 each year in 2019 and 2020).
  2. The organisation of the award ceremony.
  3. Reporting to the European Commission.

The maximum EU contribution for this call is €600,000.

The maximum EU financing rate of eligible costs is 85%. The applicant must demonstrate their ability to finance at least 15% of the remaining eligible costs. Applications may not include contributions in kind as part of their co-financing.

The EU contribution includes:

  • a maximum of €400,000 for the cash prizes (20 prizes per year, €10,000 euros per prize) with a maximum EU financing rate of 100%.
  • a maximum of €200,000 for the organisation of the prizes (including the award ceremony (€100,000 per year)) with a maximum EU financing rate of 65%.

This call for proposals will select a single-beneficiary. Consortia are not eligible.

Proposals requesting an EU contribution higher than €600,000 or an EU co-financing rate higher than 85% will not be eligible.

Dateline for submission: 31 July 2018

Source: The European Commission

Illustration Photo: Space Exploration Masters winners. From space-friendly crops to high-tech propulsion systems, the Space Exploration Masters competition awarded disruptive ideas with prizes worth more than €500 000. Europe’s first and only space exploration competition welcomed new players to boost business and innovation beyond Earth’s orbit. The prizes were handed over at NewSpace Europe, an event focused on space industry and the economic opportunity of space held on 16 November 2017 in Luxembourg. Copyright Dominique Gaul / ESA


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