28/08/2013: The fourth update letter on the Vaccine Prize has been sent to all registered competitors, by email today. The letter explains how proposals should be submitted, describes the procedure for dealing with potential conflicts of interest, and briefly outlines what happens after the closure of the competition (at 17:00:00, 3rd September 2013, Brussels time).
23/05/2013: clarification on the application procedure: the 49 registered competitors have until 3 September 2013 to present their applications in the way which they consider best satisfies the competition criteria, though some rules do apply: as stated in the competition rules ( 416KB), the application must consist of a summary of no more than 20 pages and may include an annex of no more than 20 pages (in both cases Times New Roman, minimum font size 10). The jury will be instructed to disregard any additional information presented in the application.
30/04/2013: 49 eligible competitors have registered their participation in the Vaccine Prize by the 30 April 2013 deadline for registration.
About the prize:
Many people in tropical and developing countries cannot benefit from life-saving vaccines because these vaccines are damaged during transport and storage. Many vaccines need to be kept at a cool and stable temperature to remain effective and this is difficult to ensure in these regions.
The European Commission is offering a EUR 2 million prize for innovations which can solve this global health problem to legal entities in the EU or in a country associated with the 7th Research Framework Programme.
No particular approach is prescribed. Solutions may include alternative ways of formulating, preserving or transporting vaccines. Whichever solution responds best to the competition criteria will win.
The European Commission will be advised on the winner by the jury ( 288KB), composed of leading experts with a variety of professional experience in vaccine development, regulation, use, formulation, preservation.
Competition rules and FAQ
Please download the full competition rules ( 416KB) and frequently asked questions ( 187KB) to learn more about the requirements, evaluation criteria and selection process.
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