Prize on Affordable High-Tech for Humanitarian Aid

Connecting Business initiative Secretariat • 4 April 2018

Addressing humanitarian challenges requires a more effective involvement of a wider variety of actors, notably the private sector and the research and innovation communities. To this end,  the European Commission launched a Prize on Affordable High-Tech for Humanitarian Aid under the Horizon 2020 Programme on November 2017. The Prize supports the development of proven, innovative humanitarian solutions with greater cost-effectiveness, based on the frugal application of advanced technologies. The Prize aims to induce increased collaboration between humanitarian actors, the private sector and research and innovation communities.


Five prizes, each worth EUR 1 million, will be awarded in the following categories:

a) shelter and related assistance;

b) water, sanitation and hygiene;

c) energy;

d) health and medical care; and

e) open category.


The contest is open to all legal entities and the deadline is January 15th  2020.


Community outreach

A first roundtable was organized in Brussels on 23 February 2018, as a follow-up to the launch of the Prize. The roundtable discussion allowed stakeholders from different sectors and disciplines to discuss their role and potential participation to the Prize. It also highlighted the importance of community building (in Europe and beyond) as to developing new humanitarian solutions through a needs-based approach defined in an inclusive manner with local communities and organisations responding to crises. A second workshop will take place in Amman, Jordan on the 18th of April. These events are part of a series of awareness raising activities to create a dynamic around the Prize in view of stimulating multidisciplinary partnerships around humanitarian innovation.


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