Call for proposals
Horizon 2020 – Industrial Leadership – “EIC HORIZON PRIZE FOR “Affordable High-Tech for Humanitarian Aid” –
Objective and description
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 EU's Research and Innovation Framework Programme.
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.
Prizes are 'challenge' prizes (also known as ‘inducement’ prizes)
offering a cash reward to whoever can most effectively meet a defined
challenge. The aim is to stimulate innovation and come up with solutions
to problems that matter to European citizens.
The “EIC HORIZON PRIZE FOR “Affordable High-Tech for Humanitarian Aid”– H2020-HUMANITARIANAID-EICPRIZE-2020 aims at developing
proven innovative and more cost-effective solutions to be used in a
humanitarian aid context, based on frugal application of advanced
technologies. This initiative is in line with the objectives of the last
World Humanitarian Summit to find ways to better tackle humanitarian
needs in a fast-changing world, develop strong partnerships and seek
innovative solutions to current and future challenges. It will
contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals.
should be novel (at the time of the submission) demonstrating the added
value and potential of one or more advanced technologies (but should
not involve only Information and Communication Technology (ICT). They
should serve the needs of and be designed in close cooperation with the
affected populations, in particular of those in a most vulnerable
situation (taking age, gender, disability and minority status into
consideration). Solutions should be developed through a frugal
innovation approach and enable cooperation between international
organisations, NGOs, end-users, local actors, the private sector, but
also research and innovation communities. Solutions can be understood as
products or product-service combinations, that are of direct benefit to
the affected population ("beneficiaries" of the solution), but also to
humanitarian aid organisations and workers.
contest is open to any legal entity (including natural persons) or
group of legal entities established in an EU Member State or in a
country associated to Horizon 2020.
prize will be awarded, after closure of the contest, to the
contestant(s) who, in the opinion of the jury, demonstrates a solution
that best meets the following cumulative criteria:
solution tested successfully and safely in a real environment, with a
demonstrated potential of adaptability and scalability under different
humanitarian aid settings and responding to the needs of those in a most
vulnerable situation (taking age, gender, disability and minority into
and sustainability of the solution based on frugal application of
advanced technologies, including the technological components;
- Affordability and cost-effectiveness for beneficiaries and organisations responding to crisis;
- Engagement with end users and perspective of a business case.
Five prizes of EUR 1 million will be awarded, one in each of the following categories:
· shelter and related assistance;
· water, sanitation and hygiene;
· health and medical care;
· open category.
Deadline for proposals’ submission
The closing date for the submission of applications is 15 January 2020 at 17:00 CET.
Applications must be submitted by the participant via the Participant Portal Submission Service.
Please find attached the corresponding call documents.
You can find more information here: https://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/opportunities/h2020/topics/humanitarianaid-eicprize-2020.html
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