European Innovation Council Prize on Affordable High Tech for Humanitarian Aid

European Innovation Council Prize on Affordable High Tech for Humanitarian Aid

The challenge of this Prize consists in developing proven innovative and more cost-effective solutions to be used
in a humanitarian aid context, based on frugal application of advanced technologies. This initiative is in line
with the objectives of the last World Humanitarian Summit to find ways to better tackle humanitarian needs in a
fast-changing world, develop strong partnerships and seek innovative solutions to current and future challenges.
It will contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals.

Expected results :

More cost-effective, more sustainable and higher-quality innovative solutions, based on advanced technologies
(and not involving only Information and Communication Technology), leading to an optimised use of
humanitarian funding and an enhanced response to urgent needs in humanitarian aid settings, notably those in a
most vulnerable situation (taking age, gender, disability and minority status into consideration), in the following
categories :

  • shelter and related assistance
  • water, sanitation and hygiene
  • energy
  • health and medical care
  • open category

Prize amount(s) :

Five prizes of EUR 1 million will be awarded, one in each of the categories

Deadlines and admissibility :

Deadline for registration of interest : 15 September 2019
Closing date for submission : 15 January 2020
Award of the Prize : Q3 2020

Eligibility criteria :

The contest is open to all legal entities (i.e. natural or legal persons, including international organisations) or
groups of legal entities.
Please note however that special rules may apply for entities from certain countries (see General Annex C to the
Main Work Programme).
Please also be aware that participants that have already received an EU or Euratom prize cannot receive a second
prize for the same activities.

Award criteria :

The prizes will be awarded to the entries that best address the following cumulative criteria applicable to all the
five categories:

  • New solution tested successfully and safely in a real environment, with a demonstrated potential of adaptability and scalability under different humanitarian aid settings
  • Quality and sustainability of the solution based on the frugal application of advanced technologies
  • Affordability and cost-effectiveness (for beneficiaries and organisations responding to crises)
  • Engagement with end users and solution responding to the needs of those in a most vulnerable situation (taking age, gender, disability and minority into consideration) and perspective of a business case

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