Horizon Prize - Cleanest engine of the future H2020-FutureEnginePrize-2016 Closed!


The prize aims at stimulating innovation to reduce to sustainable levels the excessive polluting emissions currently produced in real driving conditions by internal combustion engines used on cars (and often the same engines are applied to light commercial vehicles). The solution will improve air quality in EU cities, thus improving health and quality of life of their citizens.

The focus will be on reducing the most dangerous pollutants, NO X and particulate matter (PN/PM), to the lowest possible level, while limiting other emissions. At the same time, such future engines will also have to contribute to the Greenhouse Gas emissions reduction targets agreed at COP21, therefore increased energy efficiency and a reduction of climate-forcing pollutants are also an objective of the prize.

Powertrains/cars in which the improvements are achieved by using significant amounts of fuels or stored energy other than the main fuel (i.e. plug-in electricity, mild and full hybrids, stored compressed gases, etc.) are excluded.


Submissions shall aim at very significant noxious emissions improvements while at the same time reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions and providing sufficient dynamic performance for normal vehicle driving.

The prize will be awarded to the entry that according to JRC verification measurements and in the opinion of the jury demonstrates a solution that best addresses the following criteria.:

  1. Levels of NO X /NO 2
  2. Levels of PN/PM emissions
  3. Levels of Hydrocarbon (HC) emissions
  4. Emission of other pollutants (NH 3 , N 2 O, CO, CH 2 O)
  5. Fuel Efficiency

European community funding

The Community provisional funding available for the call for proposals is:

  • 3,50 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 20 May 2019 - 2 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)
  • 20 August 2019 - 2 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Official webpage of the call

Useful documents

  • Contest rules (Legal base)

Organisations eligible to participate

Opened to the following bodies or institutes with legal status established in the covered areas:

  • Any legal organisation

Covered areas

Bodies or institutes must have their registered legal seat in one of the countries taking part in the Programme which are:

  • European Union (EU)

Directorate-Generale responsible

Directorate-General for Research

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