The European Commission has launched a €5 million prize to find the best solution for setting up an early warning system for epidemics.
It is one of six European Innovation Council (EIC) Horizon Prizes, which are part of the European Innovation Council pilot run under Horizon 2020, the EU’s Research and Innovation Framework Programme.
The challenge is to develop a scalable, reliable, and cost-effective early-warning system prototype to forecast and monitor vector-borne diseases in order to contribute to the prevention of outbreaks, mitigating their impact on local, regional and global scales, and providing support to existing elimination efforts.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), vector-borne diseases such as malaria, Zika, dengue or yellow fever cause more than 1 million deaths globally each year. Vectors are living organisms that can transmit infectious diseases between humans or from animals to humans. Vector-borne diseases are a global threat to public health and can have far-reaching economic and social impacts.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in the context of its Sustainable Development Goal 3 “Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages”, aims to end the epidemics of malaria and neglected tropical diseases (amongst others) by 2030. It calls for strengthening the capacity of all countries, in particular developing countries, for early warning, risk reduction and management of national and global health risks.
European Innovation Council (EIC)
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Critérios de elegibilidade
- This prize is open to all legal entities (i.e. natural or legal persons, including international organisations) or groups of legal entities.
- The prize will be awarded, after closure of the contest, to the contestant(s) who, in the opinion of the jury, demonstrates a solution that best meets the following cumulative criteria:
- operational capability and data integration
- demonstrated Implementation within an affected community
- scalability and sustainability of the Early-Warning Concept
- focus on European technology demonstration.
- The system prototype should encompass innovative technological solutions integrating big data derived from different sources (e.g. space-borne, airborne, in-situ and citizen observations) in the Earth observation domain. It should including climate data, vector-related modelling, meteorology, and geo-located information related to vector-borne disease outbreaks and behaviour. These should be interoperable with public health data and other socio-economic data.
- The prototype should be demonstrated at local level, taking into account any relevant societal factors in the chosen geographical area.
- The prototype should be compatible for use with data coming from existing multi-disciplinary networks comprising health, humanitarian aid and emergency management actors, in order to leverage data and information from these networks, as well as to showcase the operational potential and added value of the solution.
Horizon 2020 - the EU's Research and Innovation Framework Programme