Leonardo Innovation Award 2018


Are you a university student, a recent graduate a Ph.D. student or a Ph.D. graduate? Do you have a Ph.D. earned in no more than two years in Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science, Chemistry or Economics? Sign up to compete!

Announcing the 14th edition of the Leonardo Innovation Award, where you can propose innovative ideas and research projects and theses. There is a cash prize and the possibility of undertaking a 6-month internship within the Group, to get to work up close with the technological and innovative heart of Leonardo. 


What exactly is the Leonardo Innovation Award? It is an event on the theme of innovation, which offers a unique opportunity to explore the new frontiers of research and technology.

This initiative, which Leonardo has been proudly supporting for many years, generates great interest not only within the company but also among university students, recent graduates, Ph.D. student and Ph.D. graduate of STEM disciplines (Science, Technologies, Engineering, Mathematics). These are the students who have been invited to enter the contest. In fact, we at Leonardo believe in your skills, and we think that your participation will be a wonderful opportunity to prove your worth!

The 2018 edition also offers a major novelty: this year the call is also open to students of the faculties of Economics from around the world, as well as those from STEM!


What are the areas of research? We ask you to propose innovative solutions and projects on four new areas of research applied to Aerospace, Defence and Security:

  • Virtual and Augmented Reality;
  • Cognitive Systems;
  • Blockchain;
  • Circular Economy. 





Innovation is a value of primary importance for Leonardo, which bases its competitiveness on cutting-edge technologies and products. In fact, the resources invested by the Company in research and development in 2017 amount to more than €1.5 billion, equal to 13% of company revenues, and 10,000 employees are involved in these activities. Approximately 23% of the patents in the portfolio stem from the Innovation Award and, of these, 97% found an application in Leonardo’s systems, products and services. These results have been achieved through an open innovation-based model to encourage the sharing of knowledge and opportunities, in the full awareness that in order to be innovative, talent, ideas and solutions, which also come from outside the Company, are fundamental. 

Leonardo is also strongly committed to the dissemination of STEM disciplines among the future generations, thus contributing to the achievement of the fourth Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) defined by the UN in the 2030 Agenda to provide high-quality, fair and inclusive education and learning opportunities to all. This commitment has taken the form of the opening of the Mathematics i.Lab, in partnership with the National Museum of Science and Technology in Milan, a permanent space within the museum for experimental mathematics, aimed at bringing future generations closer to the subject in an informal and entertaining way and also in support of the educational activities of the National Geographic Festival of Sciences and the MAXXI Museum as part of the “Gravity. Imagining the Universe after Einstein.” exhibition in Rome. These are initiatives that Leonardo considers essential for the promotion of “scientific citizenship”, which cultivates the value of innovation, indispensable for building the world of the future.