European Inventor Award

European Inventor Award

European Inventor Award 2021

A new direction in the inventor’s journey

The 2021 edition set Europe’s foremost innovation prize on a new path. The ceremony was the first all-digital event in the Award’s history and the EPO announced two changes to the current format. From 2022, the Lifetime achievement category will honour one inventor whose work has impacted society. The category will no longer feature three finalists for which a winner is selected.

The EPO also wants to inspire the next generation of inventors and has established the Young Inventors prize. This prize is open to innovators under the age of 30 and will recognise sustainability-driven initiatives across all technical fields.

Nominations for the 2022 Award are now open. You may propose an inventor or yourself before 01 October. For details on each category, prize and how to submit a nomination, please refer to the links alongside.

Discover the 2021 finalists

The 2021 finalists come from more than a dozen countries around the world and their inventions span fields ranging from diagnostics and ultrasound imaging to biometrics, sustainable plastic production, and wildlife protection.

EPO Podcast - Talk Innovation

The EPO has launched a new podcast channel called Talk innovation. The channel features interviews with many former finalists and winners of the European Inventor Award and provides a rare glimpse at their latest research, innovation trends, and even inventions used in the fight against coronavirus.


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