Horizon Prize – Cleanest Engine of the Future

Grant OrganiserEuropean Commission
Grant OverviewThe purpose of this prize is to stimulate the development of next generation engine and powertrain technologies using conventional fuels. This should reduce emissions of pollutants in real driving conditions to the lowest level possible in order to improve air quality issues in European cities, while at the same time delivering better fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions under the same realistic test conditions.
Eligibility Criteria:

The contest will be open to any legal entity (including natural persons) or groups of legal entities. The target audience are individuals, SMEs, research centres, universities suppliers of components and car manufacturers.

Exclusion criteria foreseen in the provisions of articles 106(1), 107, 108 and 109 of the Financial Regulation (regulation 966/2012) will apply.

Participants already awarded an EU or Euratom prize cannot receive a second prize for the same activities.


By 20 August 2019 17:00:00 CET participants have to submit the application through the Participant Portal and deliver the prototype (i.e. the donor vehicle with the installed innovation which has already been tested by the applicants, with no modifications) to the JRC in Ispra.

Applications will be evaluated by an independent expert jury of more than eight members. The jury will evaluate all eligible applications against the award criteria as described in part 5 of the Rules of Contest. The role of the expert jury will be to evaluate the accuracy and robustness of the provided data and assessments, and mark them accordingly.

In order to be able to better evaluate and compare applications, applicants may be invited to hearings to provide explanations to any consequential questions by the jury. The Commission may decide to submit the applicant prototype for verification testing at JRC, which can include chassis dynamometer and Real Driving Emissions tests.

Read the detailed rules of the contest


Anticipated Funding: EUR 3,500,000

Important Dates:The contest has been launched and you can apply until 20 August 2019. 
Contact Details:


How to apply:

You can apply to participate in the contest through funding and tender opportunities.