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13th European Microfinance Research Award

Call Call for papers

The 13th European Microfinance Research Award is now over. Many thanks to all participants and to our sponsor the European Investment Fund (EIF), and of course congratulations to our winners and runner-ups!

Online microfinance in Eastern Europe: Personal versus business loan funding

Determinants of financing constraints: Evidence from European SMEs
Microcredit in the UK: exploring health and wellbeing effects


Ahead of the MFC-EMN Annual Conference to be held in Sofia (Bulgaria), on 4-5 June 2020, EMN is pleased to announce the 13th edition of the European Microfinance Research Award. This year’s award is co-sponsored by the European Investment Fund (EIF) and comes with a grant of € 2,000.

Papers eligible for selection should present ongoing or finalised research on issues related to microfinance in the European Union and EFTA countries exclusively. In line with this year’s conference theme, papers exploring innovation in the inclusive finance sector will be especially valued. Other subjects are equally welcome, e.g. those related to microenterprises finance gap, social and inclusive entrepreneurship, gender issues, green microfinance, microfinance affordability and impact. Young researchers are especially invited to present their work for this award.

Only papers written in English will be accepted.

Microfinance research awardBased on predetermined selection criteria (relevance, innovativeness, structure, literature review, methodology and applicability), the EMN Selection Committee will choose three finalist papers. These will be disseminated online and published on the EMN website. Finally, based on the Selection Committee’s decision, one outstanding paper will be awarded the 2020 European Microfinance Research Award.

The winner will be invited to attend the EMN's Annual Conference in Sofia and to publish an EMN working paper.

Abstracts, following the provided template, must be sent to EMN:

!! The deadlines have been extended !!
The selection process timeframe will be as follows:

  • Handing in of abstracts: Monday, 2nd March 2020
  • Acceptance notification: Thursday, 05th March 2020
  • Handing in of full papers: Monday, 6th April 2020

The award winner will be notified by email no later than May 18th 2020.

Before applying, please consult the Selection Criteria (Definitions and Rankings) and the Full Paper Template.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.


To know more about the European Microfinance Research Award, check out previous editions:

Read more about the 2019 edition (Vienna, Austria)

Read more about the 2018 edition (Bilbao, Spain)

Read more about the 2017 edition (Venice, Italy)

Read more about the 2016 edition (Warsaw, Poland)

Read more about the 2015 edition (Dublin, Ireland)


See also