A total of 208 candidates completed by the end of September 2014 the first phase of the 3rd Annual Competition for Applied Research and Innovation “Greece Innovates!” establishing the competition as an important motivator in the scientific and business community in Greece.
The competition, organized by SEV and Eurobank, has attracted strong and continuing interest from leading research institutes, universities, individual researchers and innovative companies.
These proposals include submissions from many companies of all sizes and from the following institutes and training centers:
The National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, National Technical University of Athens, University of Patras, University of Crete, University of Thessaly, University of the Aegean, Greek Open University, TEI Thessaly, TEI Epirus, TEI Western Macedonia, Brunel University, Foundation for Research and Technology, Institute of Marine Biology, Biotechnology and Aquaculture, Science and Technology Park of Epirus, Greek Institute of Holography, Institute of Communications and Computer Systems, Athens eye Hospital (Ophthalmiatreio Athninon), Functional Physical Therapy Center, National Computer Science Teachers Association – Achaia Annex.
Of the 208 applications, 29 are in the category of “applied research” and 79 in the category of “Innovation”. There was strong participation by businesses with 72 applications. The submissions cover a range of subjects including: environmental sciences, health/medicine, information technology, communications/internet applications, primary sector/ food, energy conservation/renewable energy, tourism/culture.
It is noteworthy that three successive competitions have attracted cumulatively a total of 747 applications (180 in the “applied research category” and 567 in the category “Innovation”). The main objective of this competition is to become a catalyst between research and business, showcase the proposals and create products and services that will contribute to the improvement of daily life and promote a more open economy.
The next stage of the competition will require a written evaluation of each application. A body of distinguished scientists, coordinated by the Scientific Council, will evaluate these proposals and deem if they meet the standards required to move on to the final phase of the 3rd “Greece Innovates!” competition.
This evaluation will conclude in February 2015. The top 20 entries will then proceed to the oral assessment stage (up to 10 for “applied research” and up to 10 for “Innovation”).
The oral assessment will be open to the public and will include presentations to the business community, a media promotion plan and a summary report which will be distributed widely, especially to entrepreneurs.
Prizes will be awarded in each category, two per category. In the category “Products Applied Research” First (A) 15,000 Euros and Second (B) 8,000 Euros. In the category “Products or Services Innovations” First (A)15,000 Euros and Second (B)8,000 Euros , together with a commemorative plaque.