Science and Innovation Management

Become the Breakthrough of the Year in Science and Innovation Management

Excellent management provides the essential grounds for breakthroughs in science and research. The Falling Walls Foundation is looking for new approaches to science and innovation management (concepts, tools, structures,…) both in the realms of academia and research-driven companies.

The Call for Nominations 2022 is open until 14 June. For any questions or inquiries regarding the Call for Nominations in this category, please contact


The jury consists of high-profile experts in their respective fields, esteemed individuals as well as distinguished representatives from science-focused institutions. What unifies this multidisciplinary jury is their shared passion for creating a future in which the full potential of science is unleashed.

In the run-up to the annual Falling Walls Science Summit in November, the jury is charged with the task of selecting the Finalists and Winners as well as the Breakthrough of the Year in the category Science and Innovation Management.


Past Finalists & Winners

Meet all Finalists who qualified for the title of Science Breakthrough of the Year 2021 in Science and Innovation Management.


What does Falling Walls Science and Innovation Management do? 

Every scientific breakthrough owes a part of its success to institutional structures and political frameworks that enable and support outstanding research. At Falling Walls Science and Innovation Management we celebrate people and projects who enable scientific breakthroughs and who catalyze innovation processes; we host open conversations on how the full potential of science to yield innovations is unleashed; and we break the wall between the enablers of innovation in science and business.

What do we mean by “Innovation”?

Innovations are responses to the great challenges of our times, to build a better future. Innovations can be disruptive when they have the potential to entirely change our ways of life, or they can be incremental developments in outstanding research and its application. At Falling Walls, we want to embrace both of these perspectives on innovation and curate the most visionary initiatives in Science and Innovation Management.



Innovations should clearly demonstrate identification of the problem the idea solves, for whom the solution applies and the levels of expected and real impact.

Scalability and likelihood of replication

Innovations should clearly demonstrate the (perhaps first) insights into the initiative’s potential to scale and the likelihood of replication. Does it have a high degree of transferability to new contexts for others to adopt?

Accessibility & Efficacy

Innovations should clearly demonstrate how the initiative contributes to increased effectiveness, ease of access and inclusion (e.g. in terms of openness of activities, resources, technology and infrastructure used) and for whom.


Innovations successfully crafted or implemented a new approach, method or platform that is enriching innovation environments.


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