Houska Prize

Austria’s largest private prize for application-driven research

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2023 Houska Prize

Submissions open until 30 November 2022

The Houska Prize

Established in 2005, the B&C Private Foundation’s Houska Prize was set up to promote business-related research and innovation. By awarding the prize, B&C’s goal is to help strengthen Austria as a business location while expressing its appreciation for the outstanding research work carried out in the country. Besides innovation performance, economic impact is also a key criterion that determines the winners of the Houska Prize. The Houska Prize is the largest privately-awarded prize for applied research in Austria: to date, the main prize has been awarded to 23 top researchers, and a total of EUR 5.6m has been distributed in the form of prize money or vouchers.

Submissions for the 2023 Houska Prize:
1 September to 30 November 2022

The Austrian research Oscars will be marking its 18th iteration with a new development: the 2023 Houska Prize will be extended to include a third category – Non-University Research – which will complement the existing categories Higher Education Research and Research & Development in SMEs. As a result, the B&C Private Foundation will be increasing the overall prize fund to EUR 750,000. The top prize for each category is EUR 150,000. Submissions for the 2023 Houska Prize can be made online between 1 September and 30 November 2022.

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2022 Houska Prize All Stars

Two projects share first place for the first time

The B&C Private Foundation presented awards for Austria's top research achievements in front of around 300 guests from the worlds of business and research at an award ceremony on 28 April 2022. B&C's 2022 Houska Prize All Stars special award focused on the commercial development of projects that had already been nominated for the Houska Prize in previous years. And this year, there was a special surprise: for the first time the top spot went to two projects. University of Leoben professor Stefan Pogatscher and University of Innsbruck professor Clemens Zierhofer both received the main prize in the B&C Private Foundation’s special award.

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 750,000 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 higher education research and non-university projects and innovative SME research activities in three separate categories. Presented annually, the Houska Prize is named after former foundation board member Wolfgang Houska. When it came to the design of the Houska Prize trophy, the creator turned to movie actress and inventor Hedy Lamarr for inspiration.

The Houska Prize Team

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Doris Mayr

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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. The B&C Private Foundation announced a special prize for 2022: the 2022 Houska Prize All Stars. This award recognized the achievements of projects nominated for the Houska Prize between 2005 and 2020 which had gone on to achieve the greatest commercial success.

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Stefan Pogatscher and Clemens Zierhofer win 2022 Houska Prize All Stars

Out of 28 submissions the best five projects were selected for the final. The winners were announced at the Houska Prize award ceremony on 28 April 2022. For the first time there are two first place winners: Stefan Pogatscher from the Montanuniversität Leoben and Clemens Zierhofer from the University of Innsbruck.

Winners of the 2022 Houska Prize All Stars - offline

The winners were awarded on 28 April 2022.

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University of Innsbruck, Department of Mechatronics - Univ.-Prof. DI Dr. Clemens Zierhofer

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Montanuniversität Leoben, Chair of Nonferrous Metallurgy - Univ.-Prof. DI Dr. Stefan Pogatscher

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University of Innsbruck, Institute for Ion Physics and Applied Physics - Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Armin Hansel

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Vienna University of Technology, Institute of Materials Science and Technology - Univ.-Prof. Jürgen Stampfl, Univ.-Prof. Robert Liska, Univ.-Prof. Aleksandr Ovsianikov

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Marinomed Biotech AG - Dr.in Eva Prieschl-Grassauer

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Marinomed Biotech AG - Dr.in Eva Prieschl-Grassauer

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Montanuniversität Leoben, Chair of Nonferrous Metallurgy - Univ.-Prof. DI Dr. Stefan Pogatscher

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University of Innsbruck, Department of Mechatronics - Univ.-Prof. DI Dr. Clemens Zierhofer

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University of Innsbruck, Institute for Ion Physics and Applied Physics - Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Armin Hansel

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Vienna University of Technology, Institute of Materials Science and Technology - Univ.-Prof. Jürgen Stampfl, Univ.-Prof. Robert Liska, Univ.-Prof. Aleksandr Ovsianikov

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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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Online Voting for the Audience 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 is invited to vote for their favorite project, the online voting for the audience prize is now open until September 19, 2021. The award ceremony will take place on September 23, 2021.

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Anmeldung - nicht sichtbar Registration for the Award Ceremony of 2021 Houska Prize

The B&C Private Foundation will award Austria´s top researchers with the prestigious Houska Prize at a festive award ceremony.

Thursday, September 23, 2021, 6:00 p.m. CET
Museumsquartier, Museumsplatz 1, A-1070 Vienna

Please note, that only persons who have been sent an invitation with a registration code can register to attend the award ceremony. The event will be streamed online on our website, YouTube or Facebook to enable anyone to see the ceremony. The event will be held in German.

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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. The B&C Private Foundation has announced a special prize for 2022: the 2022 Houska Prize All Stars. This award will recognize the achievements of projects nominated for the Houska Prize between 2005 and 2020 which have gone on to achieve the greatest commercial success.

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Five projects nominated for the 2022 Houska Prize All Stars

The deadline for submissions for the 2022 Houska Prize All Stars was 30 November 2021. The projects entered have been evaluated in a two-phase process by the members of the a high-level Advisory Commitee and an internationally respected expert jury. Out of 28 submissions the best five projects were selected for the final. The winners will be announced at the Houska Prize award ceremony taking place on 28 April 2022.

Registration for the Award Ceremony => 2022 offline

In the 2022 Houska Prize All Stars, the B&C Private Foundation will be paying tribute to the nominated projects submitted between 2005 and 2020 which have gone on to achieve the greatest commercial success. Austria´s top researchers will be awarded with the prestigious Houska Prize at a festive award ceremony.

Thursday, 28 April 2021, 7:00 p.m. CET
Museumsquartier, Museumsplatz 1, A-1070 Vienna

Please note, that only persons who have been sent an invitation with a registration code can register to attend the award ceremony. The event will be streamed online on our website to enable anyone to watch the ceremony. The event will be held in German.

register here

The event is organized according to the criteria of the Austrian Ecolabel for Green Events. Please support our green event and use public transport when you arrive: subways U2 (MuseumsQuartier or Volkstheater) and U3 (Volkstheater); bus 48A (Volkstheater); city bus 2B (MuseumsQuartier); tram 49 (Volkstheater).

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The winners were awarded on September 23, 2021.

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Vienna University of Technology, Institute of Chemical Technologies and Analytics - Assoc.Prof. Mag. Dr. Golta Khatibi

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Graz University of Technology, Institute of Process and Particle Engineering - DI Dr. Christian Witz, BSc

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University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Department of Biotechnology - DI Miriam Klausberger, Ph.D., DI Mark Dürkop, Ph.D.

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University of Innsbruck, European Translational Oncology Prevention & Screening Institute (EUTOPS) - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Martin Widschwendter, FRCOG

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University of Innsbruck, Institute of Biochemistry - Priv.Doz. Dr. Eduard Stefan, Ph.D.

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Symptoma GmbH - Dr. Jama Nateqi

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Virtual Vehicle Research GmbH - Dr. Christian Schwarzl

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EET-Efficient Energy Technology GmbH - DI Dr. Christoph Grimmer

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AVILOO GmbH - DI Wolfgang Berger

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Cargometer GmbH - Dr. Michael Baumgartner, DI. Dr. Bernhard Obermaier

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The Houska Prize 2021 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 B&C Private Foundation presents the Houska Prize in the Higher Education Research and Research & Development in SMEs categories. 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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TU Wien and Symptoma Win the 2021 Houska Prize

In the Higher Education Research category, Prof. Golta Khatibi from the Institute of Chemical Technologies and Analytics at the Vienna University of Technology won the main prize for her research project "High Reliability Power Electronics". In the Research & Development in SMEs category, Jama Nateqi from the Upper Austrian company Symptoma GmbH impressed the expert jury and the members of the advisory committee, taking away the golden Houska Prize trophy for the digital health assistant Symptoma. Congratulations!

Award Ceremony 2021

The Houska Prize 2021 Nominierte - 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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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.

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The Houska Prize was awarded on 24 September 2020.

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TU Graz - Graz University of Technology, Institute of Electron Microscopy and Nanoanalysis - Assoc. Prof. DI Dr. Harald Plank

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ÖAW - Erich Schmid Institute of Material Science (ESI) - Priv.-Doz. Dr. Megan J. Cordill

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TU Wien - Institute of Applied Synthetic Chemistry - Univ.-Prof. DI Dr. Peter Ertl

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Salzburg University of Applied Sciences, Center for Secure Energy Informatics - FH-Prof. Priv.-Doz. DI Mag. Dr. Dominik Engel

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ÖAW - Gregor Mendel Institute for Molecular Plant Biology (GMI) - Dr. Michael Nodine

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Research & Development in SMEs category

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MacroArray Diagnostics GmbH - Dr. Christian Harwanegg, MBA

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

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UrbanGold GmbH - DI Dr. Stefan Konetschnik

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SCARLETRED Holding GmbH - Dr. Harald Schnidar, MBA

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PJ Monitoring GmbH - Christoph Lorenzutti

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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!