The Schweighofer Prize is donated by the Austrian homonym family, who has been engaged in the European woodworking industry for generations. Since 2003 the award is presented every second year, and is endowed with a total prize money of € 300,000.
The Schweighofer Prize awards innovative ideas, technologies, products and services in order to strengthen the competitiveness of the wood.
All natural persons or groups of individuals as well as organisations are eligible to participate. The applicants have to fulfil all conditions in form and content. The most important requirement is the obvious benefit for the European Forest Based Sector.
The prize money is divided into “Main Prize” and “Innovation Prizes“.
The winner of the “Main Prize” will receive a prize of € 100 thousand. The award will be given to those who stood out the most, in the activity of the wood and as a whole. The last edition, in 2013, was won by Federico Giudiceandrea, a recognition of his thirty-year career in the world of wood that saw him create and implement numerous and highly innovative solutions through Microtec Bressanone (Italy).
The total prize pool for the “Innovation Prizes” is € 200,000 and will be shared between 3-6 winners. In the last edition was won by Kielsteg Bauelement Gmbh (Austria), the RheinMain University of Applied Sciences (Germany), by Hermann Kaufmann and Hubert Rhomberg, (Austria) and Hans Andrén (Sweden) and Eva Britt Isager (Norway).
On February 2, the next will be the last possible day to submit their nominations.