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European Association for Research and Technology Organisations EARTO


EARTO is a non-profit international association established in Brussels. Frank Treppe, Director Corporate Strategy and International Affairs at Fraunhofer, has been elected as EARTO President in April 2016. Together with EARTO Vice President Antti Vasara, he is representing 350 institutions conducting applied research in Europe.

EARTO Innovation Award

Research can have a positive impact on our lives. To honor outstanding examples EARTO has been awarding three prizes annually since 2009. An independent jury selects projects that have the potential to trigger social or economic change.


Fraunhofer's researchers 2nd finalists at EARTO Innovation Award 2016

In presence of Jyrki Katainen, Vice President of the European Commission, the EARTO Innovation Award 2016 was granted on 12 October in Brussels. The prize awarded each three projects of European research organisations in the categories “Impact Delivered” und “Impact Expected”. In the category “Impact Delivered”, the Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS in Dresden received the 2nd prize. The institute was awarded for the development of super hard diamond-like carbon coatings for improved energy efficiency.


Two Fraunhofer projects among the winners on the EARTO Innovation Award competition 2015

The final judging for the Innovation Award of the European Association of Research and Technology Organisations (EARTO) took place in Brussels on October 14. Among the six finalists were two Fraunhofer projects: the awiloc® technology for secure positioning in wireless networks, developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS and also the SkinHeal project for the improved treatment of chronic wounds, coordinated by the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC. To honor outstanding examples EARTO has been awarding the prizes annually since 2009.  

EARTO Innovation Award 2014

Researchers of the Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering IESE receive the EARTO Innovation Prize 2014 for the development of the software IND²UCE (Integrated Distributed Data Usage Control Enforcement) that protects companies from theft and improper use of data.