Horizon Prize - EIC Horizon Prize for 'Blockchains for Social Good' H2020-BLOCKCHAIN-EICPRIZE-2019 Closed!


The objective of the prize is to develop scalable, efficient and high-impact decentralized solutions to social innovation challenges leveraging Distributed Ledger Technology (DLTs), such as the one used in blockchains.

Applicants are expected to put in place software platforms or services, accessible online on the web or through mobile apps, in the form which is most convenient for the intended purpose, in line with the objectives stated above.
As a whole, it is expected that launching a prize for the development of such novel solutions for decentralizing and disintermediating processes will:

  • Pioneer decentralized models addressing global and/or local sustainability challenges;
  • Generate positive social change;
  • Demonstrate the viability of solutions enabling a more even distribution and sharing of information and resources which respects privacy while providing levels of transparency;
  • Stimulate the emerging community of developers and practitioners of "blockchains for social good" applications.


The prize will be awarded to the entry that best addresses the following cumulative criteria.:

  1. Positive social impact: both potential and already achieved by the implementation of the solution (which is expected at least at a TRL7) at the closing of the submission. This can be demonstrated and quantified in different manners, depending on the specific topic addressed; one of such measures is the size of the community of users actively engaged by the actual implementation.
  2. Decentralisation and governance: improvements in transparency and accountability (while respecting privacy and/or anonymity) in comparison to existing centralised solutions, based on multidisciplinary considerations spanning technological (i.e. computing, programming, etc.), social (i.e. sociology, psychology, art, etc.) and economic (i.e. innovation, new economic models, etc.) sciences.
  3. Usability and inclusiveness; i.e. whether the proposed solution is easy to use and affordable and can engage the largest part of EU citizens, irrespective of their gender, background, financial capabilities or computer skills. This will include an assessment of both the user interfaces and the underlying principles.
  4. Viability at large scale: cost-efficiency (including detailed considerations and metrics on energy consumption and environmental impact), scalability, security, and sustainability models.

European community funding

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

  • 5,00 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 03 September 2018 - 3 years 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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