Houska Prize

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

Houskapreis

2021 Houska Prize

EUR 500,000 for application-driven research

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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Ten projects nominated for the 2021 Houska Prize

The projects entered in the two categories "Higher Education Research" and "Research & Development in SMEs" were evaluated in a two-phase process by the members of a high-level advisory commitee and an internationally respected expert jury. Out of 61 submissions the best 10 projects - 5 for each category - were selected for the final. The public can also vote for their favorite project, the online voting for the audience prize will start on August 30, 2021. The award ceremony will take place on September 23, 2021.

Winners of the 2020 Houska Prize - nicht sichtbar

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

Nominees of the 2021 Houska Prize

The Houska Prize award ceremony will take place on September 23, 2021.

Higher Education
category

Listed in alphabetical order by institution
Project lead Project

Graz University of Technology, Institute of Process and Particle Engineering

DI Dr. Christian Witz, BSc

Simulation of (Bio-)Reactors

University of Innsbruck, European Translational Oncology Prevention & Screening Institute (EUTOPS)

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Martin Widschwendter, FRCOG

Personalised Screening and Prevention of Women´s Cancer

University of Innsbruck, Institute of Biochemistry

Priv.Doz. Dr. Eduard Stefan, Ph.D.

Shining Light on Personalized Kinase Drugs

University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Department of Biotechnology

DI Miriam Klausberger, Ph.D., DI Mark Dürkop, Ph.D.

SARS-CoV-2 Antibody Tests: An Austrian Success Story

Vienna University of Technology, Institute of Chemical Technologies and Analytics

Assoc.Prof. Mag. Dr. Golta Khatibi

High Reliability Power Electronics

Research & Development in SMEs category

Listed in alphabetical order by company
Project lead Project

AVILOO GmbH

DI Wolfgang Berger

AVILOO Battery Diagnostics

Cargometer GmbH

Dr. Michael Baumgartner, DI. Dr. Bernhard Obermaier

Freight Dimensioning 4.0

EET-Efficient Energy Technology GmbH

DI Dr. Christoph Grimmer

SolMate – Photovoltaics for Every Home

Symptoma GmbH

Dr. Jama Nateqi

Symptoma

Virtual Vehicle Research GmbH

Dr. Christian Schwarzl

Mobile Testing Platform SPIDER

Houska-Talk 2021 with Sigrid Stagl

Keynote: Ecological Economics

Sigrid Stagl is an economist and full time professor at WU, the Vienna University of Economics and Business. Currently she is the head of the Department Socioeconomics and director of the Competence Centre STaR, Sustainability Transformation and Responsibility. Her main research interests are sustainable work, ecological macroeconomics, integrated assessment methods and socio-economic theories of human behaviour with focus on energy and food systems. At this year’s Houska Prize award ceremony Sigrid Stagl will be giving a talk on ecological economics.

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

The Houska Prize

Submission - NICHT SICHTBAR 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

Submission closed - NICHT SICHTBAR 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!