Houska Prize in two categories

Call for Entries 2021 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.

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Submissions open from 1 January to 31 March 2021

Submissions for the 2021 Houska Prize are online only and must be entered between 1 January 2021 and midnight on 31 March 2021 at the latest. Please note that the submission form is in German only.

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Higher Education Research
category

The B&C Private Foundation’s Houska Prize for Higher Education Research is awarded in recognition of outstanding applied research projects. State universities nationwide, the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW), the Institute for Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria), private universities and universities of applied sciences are invited to apply.

List of higher education institutions
Submission criteria for the Higher Education Research category
Assessment criteria for the Higher Education Research category

The prize money for the Higher Education Research category of the Houska Prize is EUR 250,000.
1st Prize
EUR 150,000
2nd Prize
EUR 60,000
3rd Audience Prize
EUR 20,000
2 Nominees
EUR 10,000 each

Research & Development in SMEs category

Exceptionally innovative research achievements by small and medium-sized enterprises in Austria are honoured in the Research & Development in SMEs category of the Houska Prize. The prize money is intended to give the recipients the greatest possible freedom and flexibility when it comes to their future research activities.

EU definition of small and medium-sized enterprises
Submission criteria for the Research & Development in SMEs category
Assessment criteria for the Research & Development in SMEs category

The prize money for the Research & Development in SMEs category of the Houska Prize is EUR 250,000.
1st Prize
EUR 150,000
2nd Prize
EUR 60,000
3rd Audience Prize
EUR 20,000
2 Nominees
EUR 10,000 each

Two-Phase Assessment

Projects are evaluated separately for each category in a two-phase process: the members of the high-level advisory committee will propose the final ranking, which will then be reviewed by a respected international expert jury. The advisory committee makes use of external assessors to provide a sound basis for evaluating the submissions.

Online Voting for the Audience Prize

All of nominees in  both categories – Higher Education Research and Research & Development in SMEs – are eligible for the audience prize. In each category, the project attracting the most votes and not ranked in first or second place by the expert jury is declared the winner. All the winners will be announced at the award ceremony on 23 September 2021.

Timeline

01.01.
2021
Beginning of submission period
31.03.
2021
End of submission period
15.06.
2021
Meeting of expert jury, ranking of nominees
30.08.
2021
Start of public online voting for the audience prize
19.09.
2021
End of public online voting for the audience prize
23.09.
2021
Houska Prize award ceremony in Vienna
Houskapreis Gala