The Zayed Sustainability Prize awards 5 categories:
The total prize fund is US$3 million, distributed as follows:
The Prize fund comes from the Abu Dhabi Government as a way to honour and continue the sustainability and humanitarian legacy of the founding father of the United Arab Emirates, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
For Health, Food, Energy and Water categories, the criteria are:
The innovation criterion requires organisations to:
The impact criterion is designed to test if the organisation has demonstrated significant and tangible results.
The inspiration criterion is designed to test if:
For assessment criteria for Global High Schools category, please visit our website here.
Previous winners can be found here in the Winners section of the website.
All submissions go through our three-tiered evaluation process.
There are no fees associated with completing a submission.
The Prize only accepts entries completed in English.
The online portal allows entrants to save the progress of their submission details and return to add or complete the entry at a later time.Applicants must remember to save their progress and can update and change the content as many times as needed, up until confident it is ready for submission. Simply log in using the credentials you used to set up your account.Please note that once the submission has been officially submitted, no further additions and/or changes will be permitted. No submitted entries will be accepted after the submissions deadline has expired.
All entries received during the submissions period will receive an acknowledgement of receipt. However, should the submission not reflect one of the three criteria, and therefore not progress for further evaluation, the feedback will only reflect that the submission did not meet the minimum requirements.
As the first stage of the evaluation is handled by an independent consultancy for research and analysis, their decision on what meets the minimum requirements is final and no further correspondence will be entered into.Should any entrant require any additional feedback on how to submit their application, they may contact us on: firstname.lastname@example.org
A maximum of five attachments are allowed with a maximum single file size of 7MB per attachment.
Yes. Only one video link is allowed.
Video links from only YouTube and Vimeo are accepted, but due to the size (MB) of actual video files, no attachments will be accepted.
As long as the emerging start-up company meets the required criteria of the Prize and can demonstrate a proven track record of innovation, impact, and inspiration it may apply in any of the non-Global High School categories (Health, Food, Energy or Water).
No additional material will be accepted via email or airmail. All material relevant to your submission should be submitted through the Online Submission Portal.
The response boxes in the form only accepts plain text. Therefore, candidates will be unable to include graphs and charts in these response boxes. However, there will be a separate attachment facility for you to upload your supporting documents such as graphs and charts. Please describe each attachment as an "Appendix" - i.e. Appendix A – Graphs and Charts. You may upload them as Word, PDF or JPG files.
The answer section only accepts plain text or a plain URL (e.g. http://wikipedia.com); however, please avoid using charts, tables or hyperlinks. Should this information be critical, please include this in a word document and attach it in the “Attachments” section of the submission form.
Please feel free to contact us at email@example.com or on +971 2 653 3333 for any assistance.
For the Global High Schools category, we ask schools to submit proposals for funding consideration to implement sustainability measures in their schools and/or community. These measures could range from the implementation of technologies to the incorporation of dedicated curricula.The Global High Schools award aims to encourage innovation amongst youth, in developed and developing nations alike. It is open to educational institutions targeting high school students of age from 11 years old to 19 year old.
All entrants will receive a notification email upon submitting.If you have not submitted your application, you will also receive a reminder email to complete your submission, as we approach the deadline.
Yes. You can download a copy of your submission by logging into the submissions portal.
Yes. You will be notified by email by the Prize administration team. You will also receive an email should you not make to the shortlist.
Please note that a public announcement of the finalist candidates can only be made following the meeting of the Jury of the Prize.
The Zayed Sustainability Prize has incorporated a non-disclosure policy on announcing shortlisted candidates before the final stage of the evaluation and the Jury Meeting is concluded.At this time, should you or your entity be listed as one of our finalists, you are free to publicise this as well.
The judges will not visit or communicate directly with the candidates as part of their assessment. For this reason, it is imperative that all information critical to your submission be included in the entry form.
All finalists will be invited to attend the ceremony, with flights and accommodation costs provided.
The Zayed Sustainability Prize awards ceremony takes place during the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week in January every year.