Houska Prize

Austria’s largest private research prize
for application-driven research

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2021 Houska Prize

EUR 500,000 for application-driven research

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The B&C Private Foundation will present the Houska Prize in the Higher Education Research and Research & Development in SMEs categories for the 16th time. With a total of EUR 500,000 shared between the winners, the Houska Prize is Austria’s largest private prize for application-led research. The prize is designed to improve the financial environment for innovation and research in Austria. It is also a mark of the foundation’s admiration for the outstanding research conducted in Austria.

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Submission open from 1 January to 31 March 2021

The Submission will be open from 1 January to midnight on 31 March 2021. Please note that the submission form is in German only.

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The Houska Prize

The B&C Private Foundation will present the Houska Prize in the Higher Education Research and Research & Development in SMEs categories for the 16th time. With a total of EUR 500,000 shared between the winners, the Houska Prize is Austria’s largest private prize for application-led research. The prize is designed to improve the financial environment for innovation and research in Austria. It is also a mark of the foundation’s admiration for the outstanding research conducted in Austria.

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2021 Houska Prize - Submission is now closed

The deadline for submissions for the 2021 Houska Prize was March 31, 2021. The projects entered in the two categories "Higher Education Research" and "Research & Development in SMEs" will now be evaluated in a two-phase process by the members of the a high-level advisory commitee and an internationally respected expert jury. The five nominated projects for each category will be announced in June 2021. The winners of each category will then be announced at the Houska Prize award ceremony taking place on  September 23, 2021 in Vienna.

We would like to thank all who have entered this year!

Winners of the 2020 Houska Prize

The Houska Prize was awarded on 24 September 2020.

Higher Education
category

Project lead Project

TU Graz - Graz University of Technology, Institute of Electron Microscopy and Nanoanalysis

Assoc. Prof. DI Dr. Harald Plank

1st Prize: 3D Nanoprinting

ÖAW - Erich Schmid Institute of Material Science (ESI)

Priv.-Doz. Dr. Megan J. Cordill

2nd Prize: Unbreakable, flexible electronics

TU Wien - Institute of Applied Synthetic Chemistry

Univ.-Prof. DI Dr. Peter Ertl

3d Audience Prize: Parkinson-on-a-Chip

Salzburg University of Applied Sciences, Center for Secure Energy Informatics

FH-Prof. Priv.-Doz. DI Mag. Dr. Dominik Engel

Recognition Prize: Secure data protection-oriented IT architectures for future energy systems

ÖAW - Gregor Mendel Institute for Molecular Plant Biology (GMI)

Dr. Michael Nodine

Recognition Prize: Spike-ins for quantification of small RNA molecules

Research & Development in SMEs category

Project lead Project

MacroArray Diagnostics GmbH

Dr. Christian Harwanegg, MBA

1st Prize: Allergy Explorer – the key for allergy diagnosis

bitmovin GmbH

DI Stefan Lederer, DI Christopher Müller, Assoc.Prof. Priv.-Doz. DI Dr. Christian Timmerer

2nd Prize: PROMETHEUS ­­– the future of video streaming

UrbanGold GmbH

DI Dr. Stefan Konetschnik

3rd Audience Prize: Boosting e-waste-recycling

SCARLETRED Holding GmbH

Dr. Harald Schnidar, MBA

Recognition Award: SCARLETRED – digital dermatology 2.0

PJ Monitoring GmbH

Christoph Lorenzutti

Recognition Prize: WaggonTracker – digitalisation of rail freight transport

2020 Houksa Prize Review

TU Graz and MacroArray Diagnostics win the 2020 Houska Prize

Austria’s top research projects were honoured on 24 September 2020 with the acclaimed Houska Prize from the B&C Private Foundation. From a longlist of 60 submissions, a high-calibre expert jury selected the winning projects in two categories – Higher Education Research and Research & Development in SMEs – in a two-stage process. The winner of the audience prize was chosen in an online poll of all the nominated projects. Guest speaker at the Houska Talk was the top international economist Prof. Hans-Werner Sinn, who gave a talk entitled Green Deal – Vision and the ‘Whatever-it-takes’ Reality.

The B&C Private Foundation’s Houska Prize

Established in 2005, the B&C Private Foundation’s Houska Prize is designed to improve the financial environment for innovation and research in Austria. It is also a mark of the foundation’s admiration for the outstanding research conducted in Austria. With a total endowment of EUR 500,000 shared between the winners, the Houska Prize is Austria’s largest private award for application-driven research. The prize also honours the B&C Private Foundation’s commitment to fostering entrepreneurship in Austria and improving the country’s long-term standing as a business location. It is awarded in recognition of the best university research projects and innovative SME research activities in two separate categories. Presented annually, the Houska Prize is named after former foundation board member Wolfgang Houska, who passed away a short time after the inaugural award.

The Houska Prize Team

Nora Dvorak

Nora Dvorak

Doris Mayr

Doris Mayr

Mariella Schurz

Mariella Schurz