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Call for applications - euRobotics Technology Transfer Award 2020



The 16th edition of the euRobotics Technology Transfer Award will take place at the ERF 2020 (3-5 March) in Malaga, Spain. Successful technology transfer describes the process of converting scientific findings from research laboratories into innovative products, processes and services by the commercial sector.

Who can participate:

Applications are invited from individuals or teams from:

  • Industry, if technology transfer has taken place in Europe.
  • Universities, research organizations, or laboratories located in Europe.

A team may be represented by up to three members (individuals) in the application.

Application deadline is  Friday 17 Jan 2020

The complete application should be sent to:  Werner.Kraus@ipa.fraunhofer.de 


Subject areas:
Applications may address, but are not limited to the following areas of robot automation:

  • Robot application: Solutions of robot automation, which have contributed to cutting costs, raising quality, enhancing productivity, 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 the application date or no more than 24 months prior to the application date. Should submitted applications do not come up to the required standards of excellence the prize will not be awarded.


The application should have a max. of six pages

The written application should include a summary of the project and its technology transfer not exceeding six pages, setting out:

  • Project title
  • Participants and brief information about their organization
  • Motivation and goals of research and development efforts
  • 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


Furthermore, an annex (e.g. project reports, publications, video, dissertation, etc.) may be provided to additionally evidence the project’s soundness and impact.


Submitted applications will be evaluated by a jury consisting of members from industry and academia/research. The finalists will be informed at least three weeks prior to the award ceremony.

The award ceremony
The presentations and the ceremony for the euRobotics Technology Transfer Award 2020 will take place at the ERF2020 in Malaga, on 3-5 March 2020. In the “Technology Transfer Session” on 3 March, each finalist will have 15 min. plus discussion to present their project. Based on both the written application and the presentation, the jury will determine the winners who will be announced during the Award Ceremony on 4 March.


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