Materials for Clean Air Challenge: €3 Million Prize
IFIA encourages all of the member associations, individual inventors and idea owners to apply for European Commission Horizon Prize for Materials for Clean Air. The European Commission will award €3 million for the most affordable, sustainable and innovative design-driven material solution that can reduce the concentration of particulate matter in urban areas.
Particulate matter (PM) is the air pollutant which has the most severe impact on health. Currently, around 90% of the population of European cities for which PM data exist is exposed to levels exceeding WHO air quality guidelines levels.
Average life expectancy in the European Union is estimated to be 8.6 months lower due to exposure to particulate matter resulting from human activities. The inhalation of particulate matter can lead to asthma, lung cancer, cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, birth defects, and premature death.
In addition to its impact on human health, particulate matter can also have adverse effects on climate change and ecosystems.
Horizon Prize for Materials for Clean Air
Materials for Clean Air prize aims at developing material solutions that can effectively remove or prevent the formation of particulate matter in the atmosphere (vehicle exhaust systems will be excluded) and works in the environment targeted for application.
Challenge: to come up with materials solutions to reduce the concentration of particulates in urban areas. The solution could come in the form of any material – plastic, cement, concrete, asphalt – but must be affordable, sustainable, well designed and innovative.
Opening: 26 January 2017
Deadline: 23 January 2018