2018 SOFT Innovation Prize

Are you thinking of participating? Please, read this page and see what you could win!

Who can apply?

A participant can be a researcher, a research team or an industry. Note that nationality is not a criterion. Please, read carefully the full eligibility criteria in the rules of the prize.

Which topic is acceptable?

The participants may submit any new physics or technology linked to fusion research that has potential for further exploitation.

How to apply?

You must submit your proposal using the following link to the EU research Participant portal. Please, read carefully on the participant portal the rules of the prize containing the eligibility, exclusion, award criteria and key dates.

When to apply?

A submission link on the participant portal will become live in December. Please, keep checking the SOFT website for update. The submission will be open until the deadline set to Mar 8th 2018, 17pm Central European Time.

What will winners receive?

The respective sums of: 1st prize: 50 000 EUR, 2nd prize: 25 000 EUR and 3rd prize: 12500 EUR will be offered to the winners.

How will my proposal be judged?

The proposals are studied by an independent jury composed of experts in technology transfer from businesses and academia. The Jury selects the 1st, 2nd and 3rd placed winners who are awarded their prize at the Symposium on Fusion Technology (SOFT) biennial conference.

When will the prize be awarded?

The 2018 prize will be awarded in Giardini Naxos, Sicily, Italy, during the 30th SOFT conference (September 17-21, 2018).

Who won the previous edition of the prize?

Walter Fietz, Pierluigi Bruzzone, Reinhard Heller, Klaus-Peter Weiss, Davide Uglietti and Michael Wolf Christian Day coming from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and the Swiss Plasma Center (SPC) received the first Prize for a novel type of high temperature superconductor cable based on REBCO tape material.

Silvano Tosti, Karine Liger, Fabio Borgognoni, Nicolas Ghirelli, Xavier Lefebvre, Fabrizio Marini, Alessia Santucci and Pierre Trabuc coming from ENEA and CEA won the second Prize for a new membrane technology to produce ultra-pure hydrogen.

Jonathan Naish from CCFE got the third Prize for developping a new virtual reality software technology to improve radioprotection.

What is the Soft Innovation Prize?

EURATOM Fusion Energy department launched in 2014 a European Prize for Innovation in Fusion with the name Soft Innovation Prize. It is organized in association with the Symposium on Fusion Technology (SOFT) biennial conference. The objective of the prize is to reward outstanding researchers or industries who try to find new solutions, possibly with wider applications, to the huge challenges of fusion.

Why innovation?

Supporting future technologies as well as staying at the cutting edge of scientific frontiers is vital to keep Europe competitive, create new spin-offs and highly-skilled jobs. Innovation is a core idea of the European Union research programme Horizon2020.

Who to contact?

Please, send us your question or feedback to: RTD-FUSION@ec.europa.eu

Nominees receiving their award at the last SOFT conference in Prague [Picture credit CEA].

Nominees receiving their award at the last SOFT conference in Prague [Picture credit CEA].