EC launches two Horizon Prizes for clean engines
The European Commission (EC) has launched two Horizon prizes to identify breakthrough ideas that could drastically reduce air pollution caused by transport. Funded by Horizon 2020, a €3.5 million Horizon Prize for the Cleanest Engine of the Future and a €1.5 million Horizon Prize for the Engine Retrofit for Clean Air, will be awarded to the individuals or teams with the most effective solutions to the defined challenges. The prizes were launched on 20 April 2016, at the Transport Research Arena 2016 Conference in Warsaw.
The Horizon Prize for the Cleanest Engine of the Future aims to pave the way to this future engine by developing any technology that cleans the exhaust gases. This might be a filter, an additive, a combustion system or any other technology: it is up to the creativity of European scientists and industrial experts. The Horizon Prize for the Engine Retrofit for Clean Air aims to find a way of cleaning existing diesel engines. This would offer a temporary solution until a better engine is invented or before electric cars become a mainstream.
Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, said: "Prizes are a great way of rewarding and stimulating innovation, and clean engine technology is something we must support if we want to achieve our ambitious climate, energy and air quality goals. So today we're launching two Horizon prizes worth a combined €5 million to generate momentum and investment in cleaner engine technologies."
The deadline for submitting applications is 12 September 2017 for the Horizon Prize for the Engine Retrofit for Clean air, and 20 August 2019 for Horizon Prize for the Cleanest Engine of the Future. Applicants from all fields, whether they are established researchers or innovative newcomers, can apply.
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For the rules of contest of both prizes see Horizon Prizes website.TOP