This year’s Crystal Brussels Awards sum up the period of the last 20 years of Poland in the EU Framework Programmes for Research and Innovation, starting from the 5th Framework Programme, through the 6th and 7th Framework Programme, and finally ending with the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme.
University of Warsaw (UW), Industrial Research Institute for Automation and Measurements PIAP, Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences, ITTI Sp. z o.o., and Mostostal Warszawa, the Capital City of Warsaw, FundingBox Accelerator, and dr hab. Piotr Sankowski, prof. UW – these are the winners of the Crystal Brussels Awards 2018 for the most active Polish participants of EU Framework Programmes over the last 20 years. Special award for activities oriented at deploying Framework Programmes and European initiatives in Poland was given to dr inż. Andrzej Siemaszko, Director of the National Contact Point.
The Crystal Brussels Awards 2018 statues awarded by the National Contact Point for Research Programmes of the EU were handed in on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 during a celebrated Gala at the Warsaw’s Marriott Hotel.
The Crystal Brussels Awards have been given since 2001 for achievements in EU Framework Programmes for Research and Innovation aimed at strengthening scientific excellence and improving economic competitiveness of the European Union. The award is praised among both scientists and entrepreneurs as recognition for their innovation and contribution in the development of Polish science and economy. This year’s Crystal Brussels Awards sum up the period of the last 20 years, starting from the 5th EU Framework Programme, through the 6th and 7th Framework Programme, and finally ending with the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme.
In the eight edition of the Award, the Jury was chaired by the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Science and Higher Education, Jarosław Gowin. The awards were given in the following categories:
- science – universities: University of Warsaw
- science – research institutes: Industrial Research Institute for Automation and Measurements PIAP
- science – scientific institutes of the Polish Academy of Sciences: Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences
- business – small and medium enterprises: ITTI Sp. z o.o.
- business – large enterprises: Mostostal Warszawa
- local administration: The Capital City of Warsaw
- non-profit entities: FundingBox Accelerator
- individual award: dr hab. Piotr Sankowski, prof. UW
The idea to award Polish institutions, scientists and entrepreneurs emerged in the last year of the 5th Framework Programme (1998-2001). Dr Andrzej Siemaszko, at the time Director of the National Contact Point for Research Programmes of the EU (in the period 1999-2014), proposed establishment of an award for the best and the most active Polish scientific entities and enterprises participating in the EU Framework Programmes. This idea was appreciated by the society. Because of its originality, it also gathered attention of the European Commission, as no other country participating in Framework Programmes had come up with the initiative of awarding the best participants.