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TOPIC : Horizon Prize - Food Scanner

Topic identifier: FoodScanner-01-2015
Publication date: 22 July 2015

Types of action: IPr Inducement Prize
Opening date:
09 September 2015
Deadline: 09 March 2016 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
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Topic Updates
  • 08 June 2016 09:34

    Please note that the second phase of this call has been moved to early autumn.

    The date of this second phase will be notified by letter only to those shortlisted successful  contestants who will be invited to participate.

Topic Description
Specific Challenge:

The goal of this contest is to improve the quality of citizens' health and well-being by helping them to better monitor their food intake with the use of a food scanner.

The technological solution(s) submitted should benefit a wide range of the EU population, from healthy citizens to citizens suffering from food intolerance, obesity or allergies, by providing meaningful information on their food consumption.

This prize is expected to stimulate creative thinking across established industrial and academic research organisations, resulting in breakthrough solutions that can seed and drive the European industry forward by breaking down the limits in food intake measurements and detection.

Approaches to be taken by the contestants are not prescribed and may include novel sensing and data processing technologies, amongst others.


The Food Scanner Horizon Prize is a €1 000 000 challenge prize which will be awarded to the technological solution(s) that will best provide citizens with relevant information about their food consumption.

The winning entries should take a step forward from current technologies and solutions in terms of food intake measurement and will have to prove economic viability. In addition, they will have to be demonstrated through clear experimental results.

Expected Impact:

This Horizon 2020 Inducement Prize will thus be awarded to the most significant development towards a portable solution that, alone or in combination with other devices (e.g. smartphones), will enable the European citizens to detect nutrition facts and allergens in several types of food in a precise, efficient and timely manner, using a non-invasive and non-destructive approach, with the goal to help them make optimal informed choices and to improve their health and well-being.

Topic conditions and documents

Please read carefully all provisions below before the preparation of your application.

  1. List of countries and applicable rules for funding: described in part 8 of the Rules for Contests.
  2. Eligibility and admissibility conditions: described in part 8 of the Rules for Contest.
  3. Evaluation and award criteria and procedure: described in part 3 of the Rules for Contest.
  4. Entry page limits and layout: Please refer to Prize Entry Template.
  5. Indicative timetable for evaluation and award of prize: Described in articles 4 of the Rules for Contest
  6. Entry templates for prizes under this topic:
    Entry template for inducement prizes
  7. Additional provisions: Described in the Rules for Contests.

    General rules for prizes are described in part F of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme.


Additional documents

  • Legal basis - Framework Programme H2020 en
  • Legal basis - Specific Programme H2020 en
  • WP H2020 - 1. Introduction en
  • WP H2020 - 8. Health, demographic change and wellbeing en
  • WP H2020 - 19. General Annexes en

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