Mission Innovation Champions is a 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 our second year of 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. Please take time to learn about our first 2019 cohort of Mission Innovation Champions, who are groundbreaking leaders in clean energy innovation.
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 a Mission Innovation Champion will be the recognition received by the Mission Innovation community, as well as the visibility received through the outreach and communication efforts of the Mission Innovation Secretariat. Mission Innovation 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 fifth Mission Innovation ministerial meeting (MI-5) in Viña del Mar, Chile in early June of 2020, 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, Chile, China, European Commission (on behalf of the European Union), Finland, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom.
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 20 January 2020. The Champions will be introduced at the fifth Mission Innovation ministerial meeting in Viña del Mar, Chile, in June 2020.
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.