Zayed Sustainability Prize | US$ 3 million global sustainability award

By Zayed Sustainability Prize

Zayed Sustainability Prize | US$ 3 million global sustainability award

Submissions accepted until 6 July: US$ 3 million Zayed Sustainability Prize for organisations and high schools

Established in 2008, the Zayed Sustainability Prize is the UAE’s pioneering global award for recognising excellence in sustainability. It is a tribute to the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan’s legacy of humanitarianism and commitment to sustainability.

The Prize recognises nonprofit organisations (NPOs), small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and high schools for their impactful, innovative and inspiring sustainable solutions across the categories of Health, Food, Energy, Water, and Global High Schools.

Over the past 14 years, the Prize has awarded 96 winners who have positively impacted the lives of over 370 million people around the world.

Deadline: 6th July 2022.

Eligibility: Non-profit organisations, small and medium-sized enterprises, and high schools

The total Prize fund of US$ 3 million is distributed amongst five categories:

  • Health US$ 600,000
  • Food US$ 600,000
  • Energy US$ 600,000
  • Water US$ 600,000
  • Global High Schools* US$ 600,000

*The Global High Schools category awards six schools from six world regions up to US$ 100,000 each. Those regions are: Europe, the Americas, Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East & North Africa, Central Asia, South Asia, and East Asia & Pacific.

The categories are evaluated based on three criteria:

◼️ Innovation: Innovation refers to a novel solution or a transformation of an existing solution that solves a challenge or a need, generates value, and brings significant positive impact. A solution can be a technology, a service, or a business model.

Organisations must demonstrate that their solution:

  • has a unique value proposition;
  • is disruptive or transformative;
  • is technically and commercially viable; and
  • is adopted by the market.

The Prize does not award early-stage start-ups, inventions, prototypes, or solutions that have not demonstrated any impact on the ground.

◼️ Impact: Impact refers to a positive change that addresses social, economic, technological, and/or environmental challenge(s) and has proven to make the world a better place by improving the well-being of humanity.

Organisations must demonstrate that:

  • their solution already has had a positive impact on the quality of peoples’ lives;
  • they are resilient to potential social, economic, technological, and environmental challenges;
  • they have good governance by employing skilled people and establishing fair policies;
  • they have a detailed plan of how the Prize money would be used to further increase their impact.

◼️ Inspiration: Leading by example, Sheikh Zayed, the founding father of the UAE, placed great value on the pursuit of socio-economic development that meets the needs of both current and future generations.

Organisations must demonstrate that their solution:

  • reflects Sheikh Zayed’s core values, sustainability, and human development, which were central to his own approach and actions;
  • can inspire and influence others to advance sustainable and human development; and
  • can further inspire sustainable actions from the wider community by instigating behavioural changes.

For more information and how to submit an entry, please go to the website:

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