Materials for clean air

Develop the best innovative design-driven material solution to improve air quality in cities.

The winner is announced

On 30 October 2018, the Winner of the Horizon Prize on Materials for Clean Air was announced at the Industrial Technologies 2018 conference in Vienna.

The €3 million Horizon Prize has been awarded to a research team from Corning SAS France, led by Dr Jean-Jacques Theron, for their ceramic honeycomb particulate matter filter.

The second runner-up is Dr John Gallagher from Trinity College Dublin.

The challenge set for this prize was to develop an innovative and well-designed material solution to reduce the concentration of particulate matter in the air. Dr Theron and his team won the Prize for the maturity of the technology and its proven ability to improve the air quality in urban areas.

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Clean Air

Why this Prize?

Particulate matter (PM) is the air pollutant which has the most severe impact on health.

Currently, around 90% of the population of European cities for which PM data exist is exposed to levels exceeding WHO air quality guidelines levels.

Average life expectancy in the European Union is estimated to be 8.6 months lower due to exposure to particulate matter resulting from human activities. The inhalation of particulate matter can lead to asthma, lung cancer, cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, birth defects, and premature death.

In addition to its impact on human health, particulate matter can also have adverse effects on climate change and ecosystems.

Challenge

The Horizon Prize on materials for clean air was awarded to the most affordable, sustainable and innovative design-driven material solution that can reduce the concentration of particulate matter in urban areas.

Schedule

The contest closed on 23 January 2018. The Commission received 16 eligible applications from 12 countries. The winner was chosen by a panel of independent experts from universities and industry after an on-site visit. The Winner was announced during the Awarding Ceremony at the Industrial Technologies 2018 conference in Vienna, on 30 October 2018.

Rules & Guidance

Who can join the contest?

The contest is now closed. It was open to any single person and legal entity or group of legal entities established in EU Member States or countries associated to Horizon 2020, the EU's research and innovation programme.

How were the applications evaluated?

The Commission received 16 eligible applications from 12 countries. All eligible applications were evaluated by a panel of independent experts following general award criteria:

  • Demonstrated reduction of particulate matter as specified in the rules of the contest
  • Sustainability
  • Affordability

The prize was awarded to the entry that demonstrates the best solution to the challenge whilst meeting the award criteria.

The solution had to be both developed by the contestant and be novel.

The winner was chosen by a high-level jury from universities and industry after an on-site visit.

Read the detailed rules of the contest

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