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Affordable High-Tech for Humanitarian Aid

Humanitarian crises and disasters have increased in number, complexity and severity over the last 25 years, challenging the resilience of people living in areas subject to recurrent emergencies.

The European Union and its Member States are the world’s leading humanitarian relief aid donor. Humanitarian aid can:

  • Be an urgent intervention following a disaster or conflict and addressing critical situations of large numbers of people affected, often displaced and concentrated in the same place.

  • Help people and communities be better prepared, and more resilient, in order to reduce the impact of disasters and avoid loss of lives and livelihoods.

  • Yield new market opportunities, including for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), unleashing new possibilities to exploit technologies or products and heighten their contribution to solving societal challenges.

Introducing innovative and more cost-effective technologies-based solutions for the delivery of humanitarian aid could help enhance the humanitarian response. Advanced, multidisciplinary technologies include:

Grant Funding for High-Tech for Humanitarian Aid

The European Union is awarding 1 million euros to one winner in each of the following categories: a) shelter and related assistance; b) water, sanitation and hygiene; c) energy; d) health and medical care; and e) open category.

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The prizes will be awarded to the entries that best address the following cumulative criteria applicable to all the five categories:

  • New solution tested successfully and safely in a real environment, with a demonstrated potential of adaptability and scalability under different humanitarian aid settings

  • Quality and sustainability of the solution based on the frugal application of advanced technologies

  • Affordability and cost-effectiveness for constituents and organisations responding to crises

  • Engagement with end users and solution responding to the needs of those in a most vulnerable situation taking age, gender, disability and minority into consideration, and perspective of a business case

Solutions should be novel at the time of the submission, demonstrating the added value and potential of one or more advanced technologies for international organisations, NGOs, end-users, local actors, and the private sector.

For more information and to apply, please click here.

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