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19 Mar 2015

EC announces two new prizes under Horizon 2020

The European Commission has announced details on two new prizes under the Horizon 2020 programme. The € 500.000,- "Collaborative Spectrum Sharing" Prize is aimed at improving the usage of scarce spectrum resources by providing alternative and decentralised spectrum management approaches ("Collaborative Spectrum Sharing"), in order to tackle the expected capacity crunch of wireless networks. The "Horizon Prize for Breaking the Optical Transmission Barriers", also worth € 500.000,-, is targeted at overcoming the current limitations of long-distance optical transmission systems to meet the imminent bandwidth-demand explosion.

According to the European Commission, the "Collaborative Spectrum Sharing" Prize" will be awarded to "an innovative and disruptive approach which will enable a significant increase in spectrum sharing and re-use, beyond the currently applicable spectrum sharing methods and centralised techniques." More detailed information on the criteria for this contest will be published soon. Entries can be submitted from 28 May 2015 until 17 December 2015.

The challenge addressed by the "Horizon Prize for Breaking the Optical Transmission Barriers"  is the aggregated rising demand for bandwidth to transport increasingly high volumes of data across optical communication networks in Europe. The Prize will be awarded to "a solution that maximises the fibre capacity per channel, spectrum range and/or spectral efficiency and reach", which is also energy-efficient, economically viable, and easy to install and deploy. The European Commission will publish more detailed information on the criteria for the contest soon. Entries can be submitted from 28 May 2015 to 15 March 2016.

For more information:

European Commission - Horizon 2020 Prize for Collaborative Spectrum Sharing

European Commission - Horizon 2020 Prize for Breaking the Optical Transmission Barrier

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