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TOPIC : Inducement prize: Tactile Displays for the Visually Impaired

Topic identifier: TactilePrize-01-2017
Publication date: 23 May 2017

Types of action: IPr Inducement Prize
Opening date:
17 April 2018
Deadline: 27 November 2018 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
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Pillar: Industrial Leadership
Work Programme Year: H2020-2016-2017
Topic Description
Specific Challenge:

People with visual impairment have serious difficulties in accessing digital information. This is a growing challenge as digital content becomes increasingly reliant on graphics which are particularly challenging to translate. Existing solutions are very costly and provide limited reading experience, usually in braille and not graphics. The objectives of this inducement prize are: to address this significant gap in the ICT market with a tactile graphical display that makes visually impaired people benefit from digital technologies and improves the quality of their lives especially in the area of education and navigation; and, to stimulate broader European efforts in developing solutions for this societal need.

The indicative budget for the prize is EUR 3.00 million from the 2019 budget[1].

Expected Impact:

An affordable, full-page tactile display, which is able to convey digital information in both braille and tactile graphics form to improve access to digital information for people with visual impairments. The solution should benefit visually impaired people (30 million in Europe) but also a wider range of people in need of multitasking solutions where, vision being engaged, the touch function of hands needs to be applied.

[1]The budget amounts for the 2019 budget are indicative and will be subject to a separate financing decision to cover the amounts to be allocated for 2019.

Topic conditions and documents

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  1. List of countries and applicable rules for funding: described in part 4 of the Rules of Contest
  2. Eligibility and admissibility conditions: described in part 4 of the Rules of Contest.

    Proposal page limits and layout: Please refer to Part B of the standard proposal template and part 3 of the Rules of Contest.
  3. Evaluation

    3.1  Evaluation criteria and procedure, scoring and threshold: described in parts 5 and 7 of the Rules of Contest.

    3.2 Submission and evaluation process: described in parts 3, 5 and 7 of the Rules of Contest
  4. Indicative timetable for evaluation and award of prizes: described in part 3 of the Rules of Contest.

    Publication 23 May 2017
    Opening for submission: 17 April 2018
    Closing date for submission: 27 November 2018 at 17:00:00 CET
    Award of the prize 2nd Quarter 2019
  5. Provisions, proposal templates and evaluation forms for the type(s) of action(s) under this topic:

    Application template for inducement prizes is available after entering the submission tool below (available during the submission opening from 17 April 2018 to 27 November 2018).
  6. Additional provisions:  described in the Rules of Contests.

    The general rules for Prizes are described in part F of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme
  7. Additional documents:

    H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: Introduction

    H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: Introduction to Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies (LEITs)
    H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: Information and communication technologies (ICT)
    H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: Dissemination, Exploitation and Evaluation
    H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: General Annexes
    Legal basis: Horizon 2020 - Regulation of Establishment 
    Legal basis: Horizon 2020 Rules for Participation
    Legal basis: Horizon 2020 Specific Programme

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