The European Commission has announced the winners of the first Horizon Impact Award, a prize dedicated to EU-funded projects that have created societal impact across Europe and beyond. The winning projects have come up with a new drug for a rare disease, helped prevent child abuse, increased security of browsing the web and protected coastal areas against the effects of climate change.
Jean-Eric Paquet, Director-General for Research and Innovation of the Commission, announced the winners at the European Research and Innovation Days in Brussels. An independent jury selected the winning projects from 10 finalists. Each of the winners will receive €10 000:
- CRYSP-TLS (France) provided the web users with an improved TLS protocol that ensures digital security.
- MANNO-CURE (Germany) has produced the first long-term drug therapy to treat a rare disease called Alpha-Mannosidosis.
- SAFE (UK) developed a free child abuse prevention program that has already been translated into 18 languages and reached over 600.000 families in 22 countries.
- SMART-COASTS (Italy) established a systematic approach in assessing and managing European coasts that have become growing erosion and flood risks, as well as in delivering safer coastal habitats.