Award 2020 Award 2020

Last updated on May 6th, 2021 at 10:47 am

What is preserves millions of files collected from the web since 1996 and provides a public search service over this information. It contains information in several languages.

Millions of web pages are published daily. However, after a short notice, the vast majority of this information becomes unavailable and is irreparably lost. Award

The Award aims to annually promote innovative works based on the historical information preserved by

The works must be practical applications or studies based on the information accessible through, which demonstrate the usefulness of this public service and the importance of preserving the information published online.

Works can focus on topics from any field (e.g. Education, History, Sociology, Communication, Health or Computer Science).


careful consultation of the following criteria is essential for a successful application:


The works can focus on any theme, as long as is used as the main source of information.

Applications for the Award must clearly demonstrate the usefulness of for the presented work.

Who can apply?

The submitted works can be developed individually or as a team. In both cases, the application will be submitted on behalf of a single responsible individual.

Values of the Awards

  • 1st place: 10 000 €
  • 2nd place: 3 000 €
  • 3rd place: 2 000 €

Application deadline

May 4th, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. (Lisbon time)

How to apply?

Applications must be submitted in Portuguese using an online form and include:

  1. a short Description of the work following the template (max. 2 000 words excluding captions and bibliography)
  2. a short Video following the technical requirements (max. 3 minutes)

Application form

Applications must be submitted through the following form:

Publication and dissemination of submitted projects

Submitted projects may be published without compensation. But authorship will be always guaranteed (Creative Commons Attribution By-Law).


The jury can request face-to-face presentations of the works. These presentations will take place at FCT-FCCN (Av. Do Brasil 101, Lisbon, Portugal). Alternatively, they can be performed remotely over the Internet.

The Jury will nominate only the top 3 winners, and no ratings will be published for the remaining works.

Rating criteria

  • Technical quality of the application (clarity, presentation, structure)
  • Originality and innovation
  • Maturity of the work
  • Social impact (application and societal impact)
  • Scientific impact (application and scientific impact)
  • Relevance of usage

Release date for results

The Award 2020 will be delivered during the National Science Summit 2020 in November.

Useful references about

Promotional materials (in Portuguese)


Media Partner Público newspaper

The Público newspaper is the official media partner of the Award 2020.

Honorable Mention Público Newspaper

Público was one of the first Portuguese newspaper to have an online presence and will celebrate its 30th anniversary on March 5th, 2020.

The Público newspaper will also award an Honorable Mention to one of the works submitted to the Award 2020 which focused on the historical web-archive of Público online.

This distinction will include an annual subscription of Público online.

High Patronage of the President of the Portuguese Republic Award 2020 is under the High Patronage of the President of the Portuguese Republic Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.