The objectives of the prize are:
- to develop and demonstrate a scalable, reliable and cost-effective early warning system prototype using Earth Observation data to forecast and monitor vector-borne diseases;
- to contribute to the prevention of outbreaks mitigating their impact on local, regional and global scales and providing support to existing elimination efforts.
The Earth Observation domain is changing with increasing amounts of data being generated from spaceborne, air-borne, in-situ and citizens' observatories. Effective management of big data in this domain will be an essential element in improving the 'early warning' capabilities of any system which aims to mitigate epidemics related to vector-borne diseases.
The full potential of combining all available data has not yet been harnessed. Innovative solutions are needed to enable the system's wider use and exploitation in this context, help improve the 'preparedness' and response related to vector-borne disease outbreaks, and also foster the creation of a digital solution marketplace in the domain of environmental and climate health risks.
The contest is open to all legal entities (i.e. natural or legal persons, including international organisations) or groups of legal entities.
Please note however that special rules may apply for entities from certain countries (see General Annex C to the Main Work Programme).
Please also be aware that participants that have already received an EU or Euratom prize cannot receive a second prize for the same activities.
The prize will be awarded to the entry that best addresses the following cumulative criteria:
- Criterion 1: Operational capability and integration of existing data (Max. 40pts)
- Criterion 2: Demonstrated implementation within an affected community (Max. 40 pts)
- Criterion 3: Scalability and sustainability of the Early Warning Concept (Max. 20 pts)
- Criterion 4: Focus on demonstration of European technology (Max. 20 points)