What is the prize

This Horizon Prize will award € 2million to any entity (innovators, SMEs and non-profit organisations acting alone or together with other entities) that will come up with a breakthrough solution able to boost self-powered energy consumption in Smart Water Management System. The best applications will be invited to demonstrate their solutions in front of a jury, to assess the cumulative award criteria: positive impact, reliability and innovative design.

Why this prize

The Climate change, water scarcity, the growing world population, the mainly increased urbanization are several of the factors driving global challenges for water management. Wireless sensor using harvesting technologies and Decision Support System for Water management monitoring are already available. But there is a need to put together wireless sensors using self-powered technologies and demonstrate the positive impact on energy consumption in acquiring, monitoring, communicating and analysing information about water resources.

By stimulating efforts at European level this Horizon Prize will empower the Water distributors with solutions based on self-powered wireless sensor network platform, designed for real-time monitoring of water resources.

This Horizon Prize is expected to stimulate creative thinking across established water distributors, water management equipment suppliers, ICT sector and industrial and academic research organisations. The results will be breakthrough solutions that can drive the European industry forward by promoting transition of ICT technologies in water sector from pilot scale to wide market uptake to end up with the creation of a European borderless Digital Single Market for water services.


The winning solution is expected to put together wireless sensors using harvesting technologies and demonstrate positive impact in integrated Decision Support Systems for sustainable water resources management in natural or man-made environments.

Additionally, on top of the three cumulative award criteria "Positive impact", "Reliability" and Innovative design", it is requested to improve the efficiency of existing and possible new monitoring parameters, coupled with an interoperable solution, easy to deploy.


The call for submission run from 19 December 2017 until 11 September 2018.

Rules and guidance

Who can join the contest

The contest is open to any legal entity (including natural persons) or group of legal entities established in an EU Member State or in a country associated to Horizon 2020.

Joint applications by a group of participants are admitted. In this case, the participants must appoint a 'lead participant' to represent them towards the Commission. The participants will be jointly responsible and must all fulfil and respect the conditions set out in these Rules of Contest.

How will your application be evaluated

Once the contest is closed, a high level jury will evaluate all eligible entries against the following cumulative award criteria:

  • Positive impact
  • Reliability
  • Innovative design

The 5 best applications will be invited to demonstrate their solution which has to be performed remotely including connectivity with the place(s) the demonstration site(s) is/are running.

On the basis of the evaluation by the jury, the Commission will decide on the award of the prize. All participants will be informed at the end of January 2019 on the outcome of their application.

Read the detailed rules of the contest


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