ONCE International Research and Development Award in New Technologies for the Blind and Visually Impaired

The aim of the International R&D Award in New Technologies for the Blind and Visually Impaired, held bi-annually by the ONCE (Spanish National Organisation for the Blind), is to distinguish and recompense those researches whose development, use or application represent a clear improvement in the quality of life, equality of opportunities or the process of social and working integration of the blind and visually impaired.

Research areas:

Through this Award, ONCE seeks to stimulate the promotion of scientific technical research aimed at technological developments and innovations in the field of engineering, artificial intelligence, computing, telecommunications, microtechnology and nanoelectronics, with the ultimate purpose of correcting or overcoming the limitations suffered by the blind or the visually impaired on account of their disability.

The Award:

The 5th Edition of the Award consists of a unique endowment of 240,000 Euros. This amount will be assigned to the funding of the project that turns out to be the winner due to its quality, viability and usefulness for the improvement of the quality of life of the blind and visually impaired.

Previous editions:

In last edition, 52 projects from 18 different countries were submitted. Along the history of the Award, the winner projects have come from: Spain (4th Edition), United States (3rd), Sweden (2nd) and United Kingdom (1st).

To submit a project:

All natural or legal persons who intend to participate, either individually or jointly, must submit their project before September the 5th 2008.

All submission materials must be sent, either in English or Spanish, to:

Secretariat of the 5th Edition of the ONCE International R&D Award in New Technologies for the Blind and Visually Impaired Calle José Ortega y Gasset, 18 28006 Madrid (Spain)

Full terms and conditions of the Award can be looked up and downloaded in the webpage:

More information:
Nieves Barousse / Alba Rodríguez
Tel: + 34 91 384 67 00