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TOPIC : EIC Horizon Prize for 'Blockchains for Social Good'

Topic identifier: Blockchain-EICPrize-2019
Publication date: 16 May 2018

Types of action: IPr Inducement Prize
Opening date:
16 May 2018
Deadline: 03 September 2019 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
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Pillar: Industrial Leadership
Work Programme Year: H2020-2018-2020
Topic Description
Specific Challenge:

The challenge is to develop scalable, efficient and high-impact decentralized solutions to social innovation challenges leveraging Distributed Ledger Technology (DLTs), such as the one used in blockchains.

DLT in its public, open and permissionless forms is widely considered as a ground-breaking digital technology supporting decentralized methods for consensus reaching as well as sharing, storing and securing transactions and other data with fewer to no central intermediaries.

In the wake of the widespread public attention for Bitcoin, several financial applications based on blockchains are already under development. However, the potential of DLTs to generate positive social change by decentralising and disintermediating processes related to local or global sustainability challenges is still largely untapped.

Social application areas in which decentralized solutions based on DLTs have shown clear benefits over conventional centralised platform solutions include, but are not limited to:

  • demonstrating the origin of raw materials or products and supporting fair trade and the fair monetization of labour;
  • allowing for a greater visibility of public spending and a greater transparency of administrative and production processes;
  • participation in democratic decision-making by enabling accountability, rewarding participation and/or anonymity;
  • enabling the development of decentralized social networks or clouds, or of decentralized platforms for the collaborative economy;
  • managing property, land registry or other public records; and
  • contributing to financial inclusion.

This challenge is targeted at a wide range of actors: individuals, social entrepreneurs, civil society organisations, research centres from technological and social disciplines, creative industries, students, hackers, start-ups, and SMEs. Tackling this challenge requires a multidisciplinary expertise.

Expected Impact:
  • Pioneering decentralized solutions to global and/or local sustainability challenges;
  • Generating positive social change by making available novel solutions for decentralizing and disintermediating processes;
  • Demonstrating the viability of solutions enabling a more even distribution and sharing of information and resources which respects privacy while providing levels of transparency.
  • Stimulating the emerging community of developers and practitioners of "blockchains for social good" applications.
Topic conditions and documents

1. Eligible countries: no limitation, as described in part 4 of the Rules of Contest.

2. Eligibility and exclusion criteria: described in part 4 of the Rules of Contest.

Proposal page limits and layout: maximum 30 pages, please refer to the application template for Part B

3. Evaluation and award criteria and procedure: described in parts 5, 6 and 7 of the Rules of Contest.

The prize will be awarded, after closure of the contest, to the contestants who in the opinion of the jury demonstrate a solution that best meets the following criteria:

  • Social impact: both potential and already achieved by the implementation of the solution (e.g. size of the community of users engaged by the actual implementation);
  • Decentralisation and governance: improvements in transparency and accountability (while respecting privacy and/or anonymity);
  • Usability and inclusiveness;
  • Viability at large scale: cost-efficiency (including energy consumption), scalability, security, and sustainability;
  • Clear added value of the demonstrated implementation for European citizens, in societal, economic, or environmental terms.

These criteria, scoring and the weighting methodology, as well as the detailed timetable and conditions for participation, are defined in the Rules of Contest.

4. Indicative time for evaluation and award of prizes: The selection process is planned to take place between September 2019 and February 2020. All participants will be informed by the end of March 2020 on the outcome of their application.

5. Application template: The template to be filled in is available after entering the submission tool below. An application template for Part B is available.

Members of consortium are not required to conclude a consortium agreement.

6. Additional documents:

1. Introduction WP 2018-20
17. European Innovation Council (EIC) WP 2018-20
General annexes to the Work Programme 2018-2020

Legal basis: Horizon 2020 Regulation of Establishment
Legal basis: Horizon 2020 Rules for Participation
Legal basis: Horizon 2020 Specific Programme

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Type of Action Inducement Prize [IPr]
Topic EIC Horizon Prize for 'Blockchains for Social Good' - Blockchain-EICPrize-2019
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