Submissions are open for the
3 M€ Horizon Prize on Materials for Clean Air
The European Commission has just opened the submissions for the Horizon Prize on Materials for Clean Air worth 3 million euros. The prize will be awarded to the most affordable, sustainable and innovative design-driven material solution that can reduce the concentration of particulate matter (PM) in urban areas. Contestants can submit their entries from 26 January 2017 until 23 January 2018.
The Horizon Prize aims to stimulate innovative thinking to find a materials-based solution to the problem. The material can be made from any chemical substance (e.g. plastic, concrete, asphalt) capable of reducing PM concentration in the air, for example by capturing it.
“Poor air quality is a major problem for health and the environment. Air pollutants kill half a million Europeans every year. Under Horizon 2020, we are continuing to invest in key enabling technologies, such as advanced materials, to reduce particulate matter in the air for the benefit of everyone”, says Carlos Moedas,
European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation.
The contest is open to any single person, legal entity or group of legal entities established in the EU Member States or countries associated to the Horizon 2020 programme. The contest gives the applicants total freedom to come up with the most promising and effective solution. The award criteria require the solution to be affordable, sustainable, innovative and well-designed.