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17 Apr 2015

EC launches H2020 prize to improve air quality in cities

The European Commission announced the launching of a €3 million prize to improve air quality in cities on 16 April 2015 in Brussels.

The Horizon 2020 Prize on materials for clean air will be awarded to the person or team that develops the best innovative material-based solution to the problem of reducing the concentration of particulate matter in urban areas. The aim is to improve air quality in cities and reduce the serious health risks posed by particulate matter, which is the air pollutant with the most severe impact on health. The prize is open to established scientists as well as other innovators. The solution provided has to be affordable, sustainable, innovative and well-designed. Entries for the prize can be submitted from 26 January 2017 until 23 January 2018.

When announcing the prize, Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, said: "Poor air quality is a major problem for health and the environment. Air pollutants kill half a million Europeans every year. Under Horizon 2020, we are continuing to invest in key enabling technologies, such as advanced materials, to reduce particulate matter in the air for the benefit of everyone."

For more information:

European Commission - news alert

Rules of contest for the Horizon 2020 prize on materials for clean air

 

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