2023 Houska Prize

Call for entries

2023 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. 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.

Submissions until 30 November 2022

The Austrian research Oscars will be marking its 18th iteration next year 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. Submissions for the 2023 Houska Prize are online only and open between 1 September and 30 November 2022. Please note that the submission form is in German only.

SUBMIT HERE

If you have any questions, please contact
B&C Private Foundation | Doris Mayr | T: +43 (0)1 531 01-502 | E: d.mayr@privat-stiftungen.at

Higher Education Research category

The Higher Education Research category recognises the economic significance of applied research for Austria as a business location. It is open to state and private universities including universities of applied sciences as well as the Christian Doppler Laboratories, The Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW) and The Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria).

Non-University Research category

Applicants are invited to make submissions for the new Non-University Research category of the Houska Prize for the first time. The category is open to non-university research institutions which are able to demonstrate a combination of exceptional research performance and research findings with economic significance for Austria as a business location.

Research & Development in SMEs category

Exceptionally innovative research achievements with a lasting economic impact by small and medium-sized enterprises in Austria  are highlighted in the Research & Development in SMEs category. The prize money is intended to give the recipients the greatest possible freedom and flexibility when it comes to their future research activities.

Two-step selection process

The three categories – Higher Education Research, Research & Development in SMEs and Non-University Research – are evaluated independently of one another. Project submissions are evaluated in a two-step procedure by a high-calibre advisory board and an internationally recognised expert jury. The Advisory Committee engages external experts to provide a sound basis for evaluating the submissions. It proposes an initial ranking, which the expert jury makes a final decision on. Five projects are nominated in each category. The 2023 Houska Prize winners will be announced at a formal award ceremony on 27 April 2023.

01.09.
2022
Beginning of submission period for the 2023 Houska Prize
30.11.
2022
End of submission period for the 2023 Houska Prize
01.12.
2022
Project evaluation by an advisory board and an expert jury
21.02.
2023
Announcement of nominees
27.04.
2023
2023 Houska Prize award ceremony
Houskapreis Gala

2022 Houska Prize All Stars - Nominees nicht sichtbar

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.

Logo Houskapreis 2022 All Stars

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 5 projects were selected for the final. The winners will be announced at the Houska Prize award ceremony taking place on 28 April 2022.

2022 Houska Prize All Stars - Submission open nicht sichtbar

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.

Submissions open until 30 November 2021

Submissions for the 2022 Houska Prize All Stars are online only and must be entered between 1 September 2021 and midnight on 30 November 2021 at the latest. Please note that the submission form is in German only.

Submit here

Houskapreis Preisverleihung
Houskapreis 2018: Preisverleihung

Registration for the Award Ceremony

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 see 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.

Nominees 2022 - offline

Winners and Nominees

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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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Submission Criteria 2022 - offline

The 2022 Houska Prize was awarded in the form of a special All Stars prize. Participation was open to all nominated projects submitted by universities and small and medium-sized businesses between 2005 and 2020. The Advisory Committees and Expert Jury nominated five projects, which were in with a chance of winning the All Stars special prize.

 

List of eligible projects:
projects nominated from 2005 to 2020

Submission and evaluation criteria:
2022 Houska Prize All Stars terms of submission

The 2022 Houska Prize All Stars was endowed with total prize money of EUR 250,000. B&C increased the prize money to EUR 340,000 to provide the  two first place winners with vouchers with a value equivalent to EUR 150,000 each.

The prize was awarded in the form of continuing education/research vouchers for training and development spendings, infrastructure investments or research services.

1st prize: voucher with a value equivalent to €150,000
2nd prize: voucher with a value eqivalent to €60,000
3rd prize: voucher with a value equivalent to €20,000
2 nominees: vouchers each with a value equivalent to €10.000