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Sectors: Energy, Innovation, New technologies, Research, Telecommunications

Beneficiaries: Corporations, Non-profit organisations, SMEs, Training centres, Universities

Regions: Developing countries, European Economic Area, European Union

Category: Call for proposals


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EU Member State and countries associated with Horizon 2020

Responsible: European Commission


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The Horizon Prize for collaborative spectrum sharing is a €500 000 challenge prize. It will be awarded to an innovative and disruptive approach which will enable a significant increase in spectrum sharing and re-use.

Priorities and funded actions:

– To tackle the expected capacity crunch of wireless networks faced with booming traffic and usages
– To provide innovative yet implementable solutions enabling a significant efficiency improvement
– To reward excellence in demonstrating one or several innovative methods focusing on the provision of empowerment of local user communities
– To address the lack of demonstrated system capabilities of disruptive spectrum access and sharing methods
– To foster experimental R&D and early proof-of-concept development to encourage innovation, business, and regulation in the domain of collaborative sharing of spectrum

Expected results
– To contribute to the development of low cost, energy efficient systems solutions that will increase the efficient use of spectrum resources for enabling new services and driving the development of wireless systems
– To help overcoming the heterogeneous nature of spectrum access implementation in Europe