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January 2017

Call for the "2017 euRobotics Technology Transfer Award"

Deadline for application submission: 5 February 2017

The aim of the "2017 euRobotics Technology Transfer Award" (now in its 14th year!) is to showcase the impact of robotics research and to raise the profile of technology transfer between science and industry. Outstanding innovations in robot technology and automation that result from cooperative efforts between research and industry are eligible for the prize. Cash prizes as well as signed certificates will be awarded for the best applications. Applications are invited from individuals or teams who are associated with:


  • Industry, if technology transfer has taken place in Europe.
  • European universities, research organizations and laboratories


A team may be represented by up to three members (individuals) in the application. Applications may address but are not limited to the following areas of robot automation:


  • Robot application: Solutions of robot automation are sought which have contributed to cutting costs, raising quality, enhancing productivity, or saving of valuable resources or have led to a reduction of physical labour at the workplace.
  • Robot development: Research results which have contributed to an innovative and competitive robot system (in any robotics application field).
  • Development of robot components: Results leading to new or improved methods or components which contribute to robot safety, flexibility, intelligence, operation, acceptance or servicing of robot systems.


The project must be completed by no more than 24 months prior to the application date. Should submitted applications not come up to the required standards of excellence no prize will be awarded.


The written application should include a summary not exceeding 6 pages about the project and its technology transfer, including:


  • Project title
  • Participants and information about their company/organization
  • Motivation and goals of the research and development effort
  • State of the art
  • Project approach
  • Results of research and development
  • Achieved innovation and commercial impact
  • Handling of intellectual property rights and commercialization
  • Cooperation between research and industry with benefit for the partners.


The complete application should be sent to  by 05 February 2017.


Submitted applications will be evaluated by a jury consisting of members from industry and academia/research.


The presentations and the ceremony for the 2017 euRobotics Technology Transfer Award will take place at the 2017 European Robotics Forum in Edinburgh, most likely on 23 March 2017 (exact date and location to be communicated). In a “Technology Transfer Session” the finalists will each have 15 min plus discussion to present their projects. Based on both the written application and the presentation, the jury will determine the winners.


Please see the eu-robotics website for more info:


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