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26 Apr 2018

Commission launches EIC Horizon Prize for Early Warning for Epidemics

On 26 April 2018, the European Commission launched a €5 million prize to find the best solution for setting up an early warning system for epidemics. It is one of six European Innovation Council (EIC) Horizon Prizes, which are part of the European Innovation Council pilot run under Horizon 2020. The prize will be awarded for the development of a scalable, reliable and cost-effective early warning prototype system using Earth observation data and other kinds of geo-located data to forecast and monitor outbreaks of vector-borne diseases such as malaria, zika, dengue or yellow fever.

The winning solution will provide an early warning capability to support existing elimination efforts and to help mitigate the impact of infectious diseases on local, regional and global scales. It will be expected to use Earth observation data from the Copernicus Programme and the Global Earth Observations System of Systems (GEOSS), as well as epidemiological and other kinds of geo-located data such as socioeconomic data. In addition, climate information could be used to monitor and predict distribution and longer-term trends.

The deadline to apply is 1 September 2020. More information including the Rules of Contest is now available on the EIC website.

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