Apply for the Zayed Sustainability Prize 2019 (Total prize of USD$3 million)
Deadline: August 9, 2018
Submit your entry for the Zayed Sustainability Prize and join a growing community of innovators who are expanding the possibilities for a sustainable future. This annual award celebrates achievements that are driving impact, innovation and inspiration across five distinct categories: Health, Food, Energy, Water and Global High Schools.
By recognising solutions and technologies that can change the world, the Zayed Sustainability Prize has rewarded pioneering innovators and visionaries whose achievements have furthered the proliferation of renewable energy solutions.
The Zayed Sustainability Prize fund comes from the Abu Dhabi Government as a way to honour and continue the sustainability legacy of the late founding father of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan – a visionary champion of environmental stewardship and global sustainability. Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company, manages the Zayed Sustainability Prize.
The prize categories are
- Health: This prize category recognises solutions that are enabling healthy lives and wellbeing and access to basic healthcare services.
- Food: This prize category recognises solutions that are tackling hunger, malnutrition and building sustainable and resilient food production systems
- Energy: This prize category recognises solutions that are enabling increased access to renewable energy and improving energy efficiency.
- Water: This prize category recognises solutions that are enabling increased access to clean, safe and affordable drinking water.
- Global High School Prize: This prize category recognises projects that focus on sustainable energy, water, food and health, with the potential to improve access to high quality education and help high school students achieve their career goals.
The total prize fund is US$3 million, distributed as follows:
- Health – $600,000
- Food – $600,000
- Energy – $600,000
- Water – $600,000
- Global High Schools – $600,000 – (divided amongst 6 Schools, awarding each up to US$100,000)
- Open to organisations and high schools that demonstrate outstanding initiatives, assessed through our three core criteria: Innovation, Impact, and Inspiration;
- Board members, employees of Masdar and anyone who has been involved in organising, promoting or judging the Prize are ineligible.
- Innovation: The innovation criterion will require organisations to:
- Demonstrate that their solution has unique and distinctive characteristics compared to their competitors
- Have a level of maturity by being demonstrated on the ground
- Have already shown characteristics to change the ‘status quo’ and have the potential to catalyse opportunities not previously considered through disruptive or transformative change.
- Impact: The impact criterion is designed to test if the organisation has demonstrated significant and tangible outcomes in food-related initiatives. Organisations will be expected to show that their solution has had a positive impact on the quality of peoples’ lives. Direct and indirect impacts are considered. Organisations will also need to demonstrate that they have good governance, skilled people, are operationally effective, financially stable and resilient at overcoming challenges.
- Inspiration: The inspiration criterion is designed to test if the organisation has a long-term vision and credible plan to deploy the prize money and scale up outcomes and impact over the next 10-15 years. The intention is for organisations to outline the scale of their ambition and how they can multiply the positive impacts on their core issues and continue to further improve peoples’ lives. Organisations should demonstrate that they are able to inspire others to multiply, sustain and catalyse further benefits.