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Launch of Second Mission Innovation Champions Programme

20 January 2020

Today, Mission Innovation (MI) launched its second MI Champions programme. Through this Programme, MI aims to build a community of visionaries committed to the promise of clean energy research and development, by activating and engaging a new generation of researchers, inventors and leaders.

Mission Innovation Champions will be selected through a rigorous international competition, including evaluations by a diverse panel of experts from around the globe. Nominations and applications are evaluated based on the audaciousness and creativity of the ideas or solutions proposed, their potential impact and the vision of the candidates towards addressing climate change challenges in the energy sector through innovation.

The 2020 MI Champions Programme aims to build on the success of the 2019 edition which attracted wide interest with applicants spanning academia, business and research.  The 2019 Champions work in a variety of energy-related fields and industries. They are the people inventing the products and services of the future or discovering the science that underpins them. Their participation at the 4th MI Ministerial (MI-4) meeting in Vancouver in May 2019 gave an added dimension to discussions by showcasing the entrepreneurial creativity and scientific excellence that is transforming the clean energy sector.

"The Mission Innovation Champions programme has connected me with like-minded people around the world. Collaboration is key to generating the big ideas that will change the way we produce and use energy" said Alvaro Beltran, CEO and founder of Onyx Solar and a 2019 MI Champion.

The 2020 MI Champions programme officially launches today, Monday, 20 January 2020. All candidates must register to complete an application no later than 5:00 PM GMT on 18 March 2020. The application deadline is 1 April 2020 at 5:00 PM GMT.

Selected Champions will take part in the fifth Mission Innovation Ministerial (MI-5) to take place in Viña del Mar, Chile from June 2-4, 2020, where they will be recognized by the Mission Innovation community and gain visibility through active outreach and communication efforts.

“The European Commission is proud to support the 2020 Mission Innovation Champions programme,” said Patrick Child, the E.C.’s Deputy Director General for Research and Innovation. “Today, individuals across the globe are developing the innovations that will drive the clean energy revolution; this is their opportunity to bring their creative solutions to the attention of policy-makers, investors and the public at large.”

About Mission Innovation

Mission Innovation (MI) is a global initiative of 24 countries and the European Commission (on behalf of the European Union) working to reinvigorate and accelerate global clean energy innovation with the objective to make clean energy widely affordable. MI was announced at COP21 alongside the Paris Agreement on November 30, 2015, as world leaders came together in Paris to commit to ambitious efforts to combat climate change. For more information, please visit http://www.mission-innovation.net

 


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At the launch event, which took place on 10 December at COP25, Patrick Child, the EC’s Deputy Director General for Research and Innovation said:


“The European Commission is proud to support the 2020 Mission Innovation Champions programme. Today, individuals across the globe are working on the innovations that will drive the clean energy revolution; this is their opportunity to bring their creative solutions to the attention of policy-makers, investors and the public at large.”


Potential 2020 Mission Innovation Champions will be invited to apply online (open in January 2020) and will be evaluated by a diverse panel of experts from participating MI countries. Applications will be judged based on the audaciousness and creativity of the ideas or solutions proposed; their potential impact; as well as the vision of the candidates towards addressing the climate change challenges in the energy sector through innovation. Successful Champions will travel to Chile in June 2020 to take part in MI-5, the 5th Mission Innovation Ministerial meeting.


Alvaro Beltran, the EC’s 2019 MI Champion and CEO and founder of Onyx Solar (a leading manufacturer of transparent photovoltaic glass for buildings), said:


“The Mission Innovation Champions programme has connected me with like-minded people around the world. Collaboration is key to generating the big ideas that will change the way we produce and use energy.”


The 2019 Champions Program attracted wide interest with applicants spanning academia, business and research. The Awarded Champions work in a variety of energy-related fields and industries. They are the people inventing the products and services of the future or discovering the science that underpins them. Their participation at the 4th MI Ministerial (MI-4) meeting in Vancouver in May 2019 gave an added dimension to discussions by showcasing the entrepreneurial creativity and scientific excellence that is transforming the clean energy sector.


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Launched at the Paris Climate Conference in 2015, Mission Innovation (MI) is a global initiative of 24 countries and the European Commission, on behalf of the European Union, seeking to dramatically accelerate global clean energy innovation and make clean energy widely affordable and reliable.

MI countries represent 60% of the world’s population, 70% of GDP, and 80% of government investment in clean energy research. MI countries are taking action to double their public investments in clean energy R&D over five years while encouraging collaboration among partner nations, sharing information, and coordinating with businesses and investors.