Why are we doing this?
Europe is home to world-leading researchers and innovators in ICT who are uniquely well-positioned to tackle the pressing issues society faces. Challenge (or inducement) prizes have a long history as a proven, high-impact tool for mobilising such talent to find new solutions to societal problems.
Through the Horizon 2020 programme for research and innovation, the European Commission is already pioneering the first five Horizon Prizes, offering a total of €6 million to successful entrants. This project is focused on developing a set of proposals for the next generation of Horizon prizes in ICT.
What are we doing?
The Centre for Challenge Prizes at Nesta is leading a consortium of partners to tap into European networks of expertise to create blueprints for a set of 8 - 12 prizes in ICT.
Kicking off in January 2015, this 14 month project combines analysis of the market amenabilities for each prize with desk research into cutting edge technologies, expert interviews and a series of workshops to validate research findings.
Leading on the research strand of the work program is Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna – a university research institute based in Pisa, Italy. Prize designs will be tested with domain experts by Science Practice, a London-based research design studio.
The global public relations, communications and public affairs company, Burson-Marsteller, will draw on their EU ICT knowledge to draft communications strategies to accompany each prize.
Prize designs and communications plans will be submitted to DG Connect, at which point the European Commission will decide whether they will be launched as Horizon Prizes between now and 2020.
Previously, Nesta was part of a project consortium working to shape the design of five flagship challenge prizes on the key themes of Horizon 2020 (health, transport, bioeconomy, creative materials and energy).
Nesta is also currently delivering a number of other partnership projects funded by the European Commission, such as D-CENT (a project to create digital tools for direct democracy and economic empowerment).This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme under Grant Agreement n° 645218