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TOPIC : Horizon Prize - Breaking the optical transmission barriers

Topic identifier: OpticalPrize-01-2015
Publication date: 13 March 2015

Types of action: IPr Inducement Prize
Opening date:
28 May 2015
Deadline: 15 March 2016 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
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Topic Updates
  • 15 March 2016 23:18

    A total of 6 entries were submitted in response to this call

Topic Description

The Horizon Prize for breaking the optical transmission barriers is a €500 000 challenge prize. It will be awarded to a solution that maximises the fibre capacity per channel, spectrum range and/or spectral efficiency and reach. It should also be energy efficient, economically viable, and easy to install and deploy. The solution should have a strong potential to be adopted in future generations of optical-system products. The feasibility of the approach will have to be demonstrated through clear experimental results.




The objectives are:


•             To overcome the current limitations of long-distance, optical transmission systems;

•             To meet the bandwidth demand explosion;

•             To provide the resources for future applications;

•             To address the aspects of energy efficiency and economic viability of such optical       breakthrough systems;

•          To stimulate creative thinking across established SMEs, industrial and academic research organisations, but also to seed new industry to address the key component and system related questions, resulting in breakthrough solutions that can drive the European industry forward.




This prize will lead to a significant amount of research and potentially significant breakthroughs in the field of optical transmission which will ultimately find their way into the future optical networks.


It will help foster European leadership in optical transmission, by further capitalizing on the awarded results, and to the international visibility of Europe’s excellence in this area.


The research produced will assist in supporting networks that deliver the insatiable demand for bandwidth, and in providing the resources for future applications that haven’t been conceived of yet.

Topic conditions and documents

Please read carefully all provisions below before the preparation of your application.

1.List of countries and applicable rules for funding: described in part 8 of the Rules of Contest.

2.Eligibility and exclusion criteria: described in part 8 of the Rules of Contest.

3.Evaluation and award criteria and procedure: described in part 3 of the Rules of Contest.

4.Entry page limits and layout: Please refer to the Prize entry template

5.Indicative timetable for evaluation and award of prizes: described in articles 4 and 6 of the Rules of Contest.

6.Entry templates for prizes under this topic:   Prize entry template.

7.Additional provisions: Describe in the Rules of Contest.

General rules for prizes are described in part F of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme.

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  • Legal basis - Framework Programme H2020 en
  • Legal basis - Specific Programme H2020 en
  • WP H2020 - 1. Introduction en
  • WP H2020 - 5. Introduction to Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies (LEITs) en
  • WP H2020 - 5i. Information and communication technologies (ICT) en
  • WP H2020 - 19. General Annexes en

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