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Call for Proposals: "EIC HORIZON PRIZE FOR "Affordable High-Tech for Humanitarian Aid" - H2020-HUMANITARIANAID-EICPRIZE-2020

Call for proposals

Horizon 2020 – Industrial Leadership – “EIC HORIZON PRIZE FOR “Affordable High-Tech for Humanitarian Aid” –

H2020-HUMANITARIANAID-EICPRIZE-2020

 

Objective and description


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 EU's Research and Innovation Framework Programme.

 

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.

 

Horizon 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.

 

Solutions 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.

 

Eligible applicants


The 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.

 

The 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:

  • New 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 consideration);
  • Quality 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.

 

Budget


Five prizes of EUR 1 million will be awarded, one in each of the following categories:

·         shelter and related assistance;

·         water, sanitation and hygiene;

·         energy;

·         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.

 

Further information


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

 

Kind regards,

Flora

 

Flora Stavropoulou
Junior Officer

European Office of Cyprus

Rue du Luxembourg 3, 2nd floor

B-1000, Brussels

Tel/Fax: +32 (0) 2 280 22 85

E-mail: eoc.brussels2@ucy.ac.cy

 

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