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 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.