European Inventor Award


EIA Trophies 2021

The European Inventor Award honours inventors not only for the genius of their scientific or technological breakthroughs, but also for the impact their inventions have on our lives.

You can help determine who will receive a highly coveted Award trophy by nominating an inventor. Simply complete the nomination form, submit it before the deadline is reached and your inventor could become a finalist in Europe's foremost innovation prize.

Nominations for the 2022 edition of the European Inventor Award must be sent to the EPO by 1 October 2021.

The categories

Icon for EIA category Industry


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

Icon for EIA category 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


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 a European inventor over the span of their entire career

Icon for EIA category Young Inventors

Young Inventors prize

Recognises initiatives that use technology to address a sustainability issue. This global prize is open to all innovators aged 30 or under.

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