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TOPIC : EIC Horizon Prize for 'Affordable High-Tech for Humanitarian Aid'

Topic identifier: HumanitarianAid-EICPrize-2020
Publication date: 30 November 2017

Types of action: IPr Inducement Prize
Opening date:
30 November 2017
Deadline: 15 January 2020 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
Topic Description
Specific Challenge:

The challenge consists of developing innovative solutions for the delivery of humanitarian aid based on frugal application of advanced technologies.

The European Union and its Member States are major humanitarian donors. Humanitarian crises and disasters have increased in number, complexity and severity over the last 25 years. Given the scale of today’s crises and disasters, funding to cover humanitarian needs cannot keep up. The humanitarian system is being challenged to do more, for more people, and at greater cost. Cooperation between international organisations and NGOs responding to crises, end-users and local actors, research and scientific communities and the private sector is crucial in this respect. Introducing innovative solutions for the delivery of humanitarian aid could help enhance the humanitarian response, which is particularly important for those in a most vulnerable situation.

Solutions should be developed through a frugal innovation approach, and should be novel and based on advanced technologies and services, demonstrating the added value and potential of one or more advanced technologies (not only limited to Information and Communication Technology). Tested and proven in humanitarian aid delivery, these solutions should be safe, scalable, resource-sustainable, replicable and usable in other contexts.

Innovative solutions should be inclusive, i.e. co-created and developed by different stakeholders with local actors, and accessible to a large number of people in a given context of humanitarian aid delivery settings.

The specific rules of the contest will be published in the fourth quarter of 2017 by the European Commission, which will directly launch and manage the contest and award the prize based on the judgement of independent experts. The indicative budget for this prize is €5 million from the 2020 budget. This is expected to be allocated in five awards of €1 million, each in a different area such as shelter, water and sanitation, energy, heating or cooling, food, hygiene and medical care.

Expected Impact:

More cost-effective, more sustainable and higher-quality innovative solutions, leading to an optimised use of humanitarian funding and an enhanced response to urgent needs in a humanitarian aid settings, notably for those in a most vulnerable situation, in areas such as shelter, water and sanitation, energy, heating or cooling, food, hygiene and medical care.

Cross-cutting Priorities:

Socio-economic science and humanities
International cooperation
Open Innovation

Topic conditions and documents

1. Eligible countries: described in part 5 of the Rules for Contest


2. Eligibility and exclusion criteria: described in part 5 of the Rules for Contest

The contest is open to all legal entities (i.e. natural or legal persons, including international organisations) or groups of legal entities.

Proposal page limits and layout: Please refer to the application template below. 


3. Evaluation and award criteria and procedure: described in part 6 of the Rules for Contest.

The prize will be awarded, after closure of the contest, to the contestant(s) who, in the opinion of the jury, demonstrates a solution that best meets the following cumulative criteria:

  • New solution tested successfully and safely in a real environment, with a demonstrated potential of adaptability and scalability under different humanitarian aid settings and responding to the needs of those in a most vulnerable situation (taking age, gender, disability and minority into consideration);
  • Quality and sustainability of the solution based on frugal application of advanced technologies, including the technological components;
  • Affordability and cost-effectiveness for beneficiaries and organisations responding to crisis;
  • Engagement with end users and perspective of a business case.

4. Indicative time for evaluation and award of prizes:
The evaluation and award for the prize will be done in the first half of 2020.

5. Application template:

This application template serves as an example.
The template to be filled in is available after entering the submission tool below.

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 'Affordable High-Tech for Humanitarian Aid' - HumanitarianAid-EICPrize-2020
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