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A programme for recognizing and supporting the next wave of energy technology leaders.

Championing and accelerating the clean energy revolution.

Mission Innovation Champions is a new programme to celebrate innovative individuals who are accelerating the clean energy revolution. This programme will recognize exceptional researchers and innovators who are developing novel ways of making energy cleaner, cheaper, and more reliable and using it more efficiently. The programme will call worldwide attention to emerging innovators from across the globe.

This is a completely new effort to support those working on vital clean energy research and technology development. By supporting cross-border exchanges of ideas and talent and building a community of visionaries committed to the promise of clean energy research and development (R&D), this programme will help activate and engage a new generation of researchers, inventors, and leaders.

Mission Innovation Champions are individuals with a track record of progressing creative new ideas that can drive the pace and scale of the clean energy revolution—the people who are inventing the products and services of the future or discovering the science that underpins them. They may be working in government laboratories, local universities, long-standing research firms, or their own recently launched clean technology start-up companies. Champions may be from “traditional” inventor disciplines such as sciences, engineering, mathematics, and architecture or from other fields.

One of the main advantages of being an MI Champion will be the recognition received by the Mission Innovation community, as well as the visibility received through the outreach communication efforts of the MI Secretariat. MI will highlight awardees' stories and ideas at ministerial meetings, and on the Mission Innovation website and social media channels.

Finally, selected Champions will be flown to the fourth Mission Innovation ministerial meeting in Vancouver, Canada in May 2019, where there may be additional opportunities to interact directly with Ministers and business leaders.

One Champion from each Mission Innovation member country participating in the MI Champions Programme will be selected. Eligible countries are as follows: Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Denmark, European Commission (on behalf of the European Union), Finland, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, and the United Arab Emirates.

One Champion for the European Commission (on behalf of the European Union) will be selected, this being from a European Union country that is not an individual member of Mission Innovation (eligible countries: Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Spain).

The Champions programme officially launched on 22 May 2018, at the third Mission Innovation ministerial meeting in Malmö, Sweden. The Champions will be introduced at the fourth Mission Innovation ministerial meeting in Vancouver, Canada, in May 2019.

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Mission Innovation Champions are individuals with a track record of progressing creative new ideas that can drive the pace and scale of the clean energy revolution—the people who are inventing the products and services of the future or discovering the science that underpins them. They may be working in government laboratories, local universities, long-standing research firms, or their own recently launched clean technology start-up companies. Champions may be from “traditional” inventor disciplines such as sciences, engineering, mathematics, and architecture or from other fields. 

One of the main advantages of being an MI Champion will be the recognition received by the Mission Innovation community, as well as the visibility that they will receive through the active outreach communication efforts of the MI Secretariat. MI will highlight awardees' stories and ideas at ministerial meetings, the Mission Innovation website, and social media.

Awardees will also benefit from the scientific network of stakeholders built around the seven , as well as from the connection to investors working in partnership with MI.

Finally, awardees will be invited to MI-4 ministerial meeting in Vancouver, Canada, where there could be an occasion for a group of Champions with a compelling story to interact directly with Ministers and business leaders.

One Champion from each participating Mission Innovation member country will be selected. Additionally, one Champion from the European Union countries that are not individual MI members will be selected. The Champions program officially launched on 22 May 2018, at the third Mission Innovation ministerial meeting in Malmö, Sweden. The Champions will be introduced at the fourth Mission Innovation ministerial meeting in Vancouver, Canada, in May 2019.