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TOPIC : Inducement prize: Online security - Seamless personal authentication

Topic identifier: OnlineSecurityPrize-01-2017
Publication date: 27 September 2017

Types of action: IPr Inducement Prize
Opening date:
28 September 2017
Deadline: 27 September 2018 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
  Horizon 2020 H2020 website
Pillar: Industrial Leadership
Work Programme Year: H2020-2016-2017
Topic Updates
  • 08 November 2018 17:58

    Please note that the indicative timetable as highlighted in the ROC and also under point 4 of topic conditions on this page has been modified as it is delayed. The new date for the evaluation and solutions demonstration has been moved tentatively to December 2018-January 2019.

  • 25 September 2018 11:16

    A field to upload any annex or appendix has been added in the Submission System. Annexes and appendices can be uploaded in a single PDF document without page limitation but with a maximum size of 10.0 MB.
    Please note that the jury will evaluate each application against the 9 award criteria described in the Rules of Contest with the information contained in the part B form (limited to a maximum of 100 pages).

  • 08 March 2018 15:54


    -Please be advised that the template part B originally made available in the electronic submission tool has been replaced by a newer version. If you have already downloaded the original version please note that the modification pertains only to the table listing the participants – Please remove the parenthesis next to the Coordinator as the information therein contained does not apply to this prize.

    -Prize award(s) communication has been postponed and is now foreseen for February 2019. The award ceremony date will be communicated in due time.

Topic Description
Specific Challenge:

Internet has come to play an integral part in the lives of many European citizens. A large majority of people believe and even accept that there is no alternative other than to provide personal information if they want to obtain products or services online. The reliance on digital technology and the transfer of personal data to enable the use of online services come with substantial security risks however, such as online fraud and identity theft. A significant part of data breaches involve weak authentication credentials.

Password protection has been the default method of authentication online to date. This simple mechanism has many advantages, but the use of usernames and passwords in practice is severely flawed in both security and usability. Other solutions, typically employed in conjunction with passwords in a multi-factor approach, usually improve the robustness of the authentication. However, the increased security of multi-factor authentication has come at the price - limited usability and privacy concerns for individuals and increased costs for providers. Users often find multi-factor authentication (MFA for short) cumbersome and a burden in terms of time and effort. This burden is then transferred to providers who find it challenging to register or even retain users. In addition to this limitation, providers are also confronted with the high costs of MFA as the method often requires additional hardware.

Another significant concern for citizens is privacy. A number of authentication methods, such as the ones based on biometric traits, rely on the collection of large amounts of sensitive personal data. However, these approaches typically fail to assure citizens' trust by giving visibility over how this collected data is used and stored.

There is a clear need for a simple, secure and privacy-friendly way of seamlessly authenticating individuals online.

This Horizon prize aims to significantly improve citizen's overall experience related to online authentication and consequently foster the widespread adoption of services and products provided within the Digital Single Market of the European Union.

This prize also complements the activities of the Cybersecurity cPPP which aims to develop Europe's strengths in digital security.

Expected Impact:

An information and communication technologies (ICT) solution that enables citizens to seamless authenticate themselves across a wide range of applications and devices. The solution should be easy to use, reliable, robust against cyber-attacks, privacy-friendly and compatible as well as affordable and open. It should be ready to benefit a wide range of the EU population, from healthy to impaired citizens of all ages.

Topic conditions and documents

1. Eligible countries: described in part 8 of the Rules for Contest


2. Eligibility and exclusion criteria: described in part 8 of the Rules for Contest.

The contest will be open to any legal entity (including individuals) or groups of legal entities from Member States and countries associated to Horizon 2020.

The solution must be developed by the contestant(s). The solution proposed by the contestant must be demonstrated, including at least a system prototype running in an operational environment.

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

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

The contest will be open to any legal entity (including individuals) or groups of legal entities from Member States and countries associated to Horizon 2020.

The solution must be developed by the contestant(s). The solution proposed by the contestant must be demonstrated, including at least a system prototype running in an operational environment.

4. Indicative timetable for evaluation and award of prizes:

Opening of the submission:  28th September 2017
Closing date for submission:  28th September 2018 at 17:00:00 CEST
Evaluation and solutions demonstration:  December 2018 - January 2019
Prize award will be communicated on February  2019

5. Application template:

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

Members of consortium are not required to conclude a consortium agreement.

6. Additional documents:

1. Introduction WP 2016-17
5. Introduction to Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies (LEITs) WP 2016-17
5i. Information and communication technologies (ICT) 2016-17
18. Dissemination, Exploitation and Evaluation WP 2016-17

Legal basis: Horizon 2020 Regulation of Establishment
Legal basis: Horizon 2020 Rules for Participation
Legal basis: Horizon 2020 Specific Programme


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