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Horizon Prizes

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The European Commission Inducement Prizes, named Horizon Prizes are a new competition for European innovators that aim to deliver breakthrough solutions to specific issues.
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This new instrument, offers a financial reward for developing a solution to societal or technological challenges that have not yet been met.

There are no specific rules on how to achieve the solution, and contestants (companies, organisations or individual persons) are free to submit any development of a technological solution that meets the criteria of the challenge.

The solution should be energy efficient, economic viable, proving to be of easy installation and deployment. The feasibility of the approach will have to be demonstrated through clear experimental results.

The solution that most effectively meets the defined challenge will be the winner of each prize.The winner receives a financial reward, in the form of a cash prize, and will also benefit from media coverage and the possibility to attract investors.

The first five Horizon Prizes will offer a total of 6 million EUR.

Among them, there are three ICT-related prizes, to be launched in 2015, under Horizon 2020.

Food Scanner

The target of the prize is the development of an affordable device that will allow citizens to make informed choices on food intake in a quick and non-invasive manner.

The winning solution must analyse food composition and present in a seamless way, nutrition facts and potentially harmful ingredients: calories, food ingredients, nutrients, and allergens.The tool should also provide feedback to the user in relation to her condition and/or lifestyle.

Rules of Contest were published in July 2015. The prize has a total value of €1 million. Submissions are open from 09 September 2015 until 09 March 2016.

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Collaborative Spectrum Sharing

The target of the prize is to develop a radical solution to unblock the expected capacity crunch of wireless networks by providing alternative and decentralised spectrum management approaches.

The winning solution should be an innovative and disruptive approach which will enable a significant increase in spectrum sharing and re-use, beyond the currently applicable spectrum sharing methods and centralized techniques.  It should be a significant step forward from current technologies and solutions in terms of shared spectrum usage metrics and will have to prove its economic viability.

Rules of Contest were published in March 2015 and submission are now open. The Prize has a total value of €0.5 million.

The deadline to optionally register via email is 30 September 2015 and the deadline for submission is 17 December 2015.

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Breaking the optical transmission barriers

The target of this prize is the development of a breakthrough solution in the area of point-to-point optical fibre transmission, to overcome the current limitations of long distance fibre transmission systems.

The winning solution should maximise the fibre transmission capacity per channel , spectrum range and/or spectral efficiency and reach. It should also be energy efficient, economic 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.

Rules of Contest were published in March 2015 and submission are now open. The Prize has a total value of €0.5 million.

The deadline to optionally register via email is 16 December 2015 and the deadline for submissions is 15 March 2016

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For more information on the award criteria, visit the Horizon Prizes section dedicated to rules and guidance.

Last updated on 22/07/2015