Twelve finalists in the running for the EIC Horizon Prize for Affordable High-Tech for Humanitarian Aid

On the occasion of World Refugee Day on 20 June, the Commission is announcing the 12 projects that are in the shortlist for the EIC Horizon Prize for Affordable High-Tech for Humanitarian Aid. This €5 million prize is run under Horizon 2020, the EU research and innovation programme, and will reward the best, proven and cost-effective, technology solutions for humanitarian aid. It is divided into five categories: shelter and related assistance; water, hygiene and sanitation; energy; health and medical care; and an ‘open’ category. Technologies can include nanotechnologies, advanced materials or 3D printing. Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, said: “This Prize represents the Commission’s commitment to promote innovation and technologies that can improve people’s lives, in particular the most vulnerable. The solutions put forward also demonstrate that technologies can be applied in an inclusive and affordable manner. I am happy to see that the Prize attracted new applicants from the EU and across the world.” Janez Lenarčič, Commissioner for Crisis Management, added: “Faced with mounting crises and new challenges, such as COVID-19, innovation is vital for humanitarians to continue to reach people most in need. These low-cost yet high tech innovations can be valuable tools for our humanitarian partners, and help ensure EU aid is delivered as efficiently and effectively as possible.” The winners will be announced in September during the European Research and Innovation Days. During this event, the Commission will also award the European Capital of Innovation 2020, the EU Prize for Women Innovators 2020 and the Horizon Impact Award 2020. More information is available here.