30 November 2017

The European Commission has launched today the first of six 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 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 nanotechnologies, advanced materials or 3D printing.

The announcement was made today at the Commission's humanitarian Partners' Conference that Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides opened. He said:"The EU is not just the world’s biggest donor of humanitarian aid, we also have to ensure that we provide the best quality response to people in critical situations. Creative tech and innovative tools could make a huge difference in the future when it comes to crisis response, including aid delivery in remote areas."

Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, said: "High-Tech can have an important inclusive role. Top technologies can help more people, especially the most vulnerable ones, to have affordable access to high quality, durable products, which will improve their quality of life."

The deadline to apply is 15 January 2020

Source: The European Commission

Illustration Photo: South Sudanese refugee girls fetch water at a protected source at Katiku III, inside Rhino refugee settlements in Arua district, located northwest of Kampala, Uganda’s capital. (credits: EU / ECHO / Edward Echwalu / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0))

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