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30 Nov 2017

Commission launches EIC Horizon Prize for Affordable High-Tech for Humanitarian Aid

The European Commission has launched the first of six European Innovation Council (EIC) Horizon Prizes, on Affordable High-Tech for Humanitarian Aid. EIC Horizon Prizes are part of the European Innovation Council pilot run under Horizon 2020.

The Prize on Affordable High-Tech for Humanitarian Aid will reward the best, proven, cost-effective, tech-based solutions for Humanitarian Aid. The prize amount of €5 million will be divided equally into five categories:

  • shelter and related assistance;
  • water, hygiene and sanitation;
  • energy; health and medical care;
  • and an "open" category.

Technologies include – but are not limited to - nanotechnologies, advanced materials or 3D printing. The deadline to apply is 15 January 2020.

EIC Horizon Prizes are particularly ambitious as they are expected to trigger innovations in areas where important societal problems need to be solved. These Prizes call for breakthrough solutions which should demonstrate their feasibility or potential so that innovators can take them quickly to the market.

More information including the Rules of Contest is available on the EIC website.

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