Horizon Prize - Affordable high-tech for humanitarian aid 2020 H2020-HUMANITARIANAID-EICPRIZE-2020 Closed!


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


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

  1. New solution tested successfully and safely in a real environment, with a demonstrated potential of adaptability and scalability under different humanitarian aid settings
  2. Quality and sustainability of the solution based on the frugal application of advanced technologies
  3. Affordability and cost-effectiveness (for beneficiaries and organisations responding to crises)
  4. 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

This call covers the following topics:

  • HumanitarianAid-EICPrize-2020: EIC Horizon Prize for 'Affordable High-Tech for Humanitarian Aid'

European community funding

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

  • 5,00 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 15 September 2019 - 2 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)
  • 15 January 2020 - more than one year ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Official webpage of the call

Useful documents

  • Rules of contest (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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