European Inventor Award

Nominations

This Award is unique in that it honours inventors not only for the genius of their scientific or technological breakthroughs, but also for the impact their invention has on society and the economy, putting a spotlight on the individuals behind the inventions that are changing our lives for the better.

You can help determine who will receive the highly coveted Award trophy by nominating an inventor. Simply fill in the nomination form and your inventor could end up on the stage of our prestigious Award ceremony.

Nominations for the European Inventor Award 2020 are closed. The 2020 Award has been postponed until 2021. The finalists will be announced in May 2021 and the event will take place in Monaco on 17 June 2021.  


European Inventor Award 2019 trophies

The categories

Icon for EIA category Industry

Industry

To outstanding and successful inventors whose inventions have been patented by large European companies

Icon for EIA category Research

Research

To pioneering inventors working at universities or research institutes

Icon for EIA category Non-EPO countries

Non-EPO countries

To outstanding inventors from outside the EPO's 38 member states who have been granted a European patent

Icon for EIA category SMEs

SMEs

To exceptional inventors at small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)

Icon for EIA category Lifetime achievement

Lifetime achievement

Honouring the incredible, long-term contribution of European inventors over the span of their entire careers

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