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Zayed Sustainability Prize Submission of Application Now Open. The Zayed Sustainability Prize is a tribute to the legacy of the late founding father of the UAE, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan – a visionary champion of environmental stewardship and global sustainability. This annual award celebrates achievements that are driving impact, innovation and inspiration across five distinct categories: Health, Food, Energy, Water and Global High Schools. Submit your entry today and join a growing community of innovators who are expanding the possibilities for a sustainable future.

Zayed Sustainability Prize Submission of Application.

At the 2008 World Future Energy Summit, H.H. General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces of the UAE, announced the launch of the Zayed Future Energy Prize – a tribute to his father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and his legacy of environmental stewardship and sustainability.

By recognising solutions and technologies that can change the world, the Zayed Future Energy Prize, managed by Masdar, in Abu Dhabi, has rewarded pioneering innovators and visionaries whose achievements have furthered the proliferation of renewable energy solutions.

Over the past decade, the Prize has seen 66 winners positively impact the lives of over 307 million people.

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The Next Chapter Begins

In April 2018, the Prize adapted its focus with a view to affecting greater impact across multiple sustainability sectors. In order to reflect this evolution, it was renamed the Zayed Sustainability Prize.

Zayed Sustainability Prize Categories.

The Zayed Sustainability Prize is divided into five distinct award categories; they are:

  1. Health
  2. Food
  3. Energy
  4. Water
  5. Global High Schools

Zayed Sustainability Prize Fund.

The Prize fund is distributed among the categories as per the following breakdown:

  • Health  – US$ 600,000 (Six hundred thousand dollars)
  • Food      – US$ 600,000 (Six hundred thousand dollars)
  • Energy  – US$ 600,000 (Six hundred thousand dollars)
  • Water   – US$ 600,000 (Six hundred thousand dollars)
  • Global High Schools   – US$ 600,000 – Total value (Six hundred thousand dollars)
    • Divided amongst 6 Global High Schools in 6 different regions, awarding each up to US$100,000 (One hundred thousand dollars)
    • The Americas
    • Europe & Central Asia
    • Sub-Saharan Africa
    • East Asia & Pacific
    • South Asia
    • MENA

HEALTH: Zayed Sustainability Prize.

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Submission Guidelines

This prize recognises organisations that can demonstrate innovative, impactful and inspirational solutions. You empower people by giving them access to affordable healthcare. Your organisation is active in improving maternal and newborn health, tackling epidemics and illness from pollution and hazardous chemicals and providing access to basic and affordable healthcare.

You have a clear vision and long-term plan to further deploy your solution and scale up your impact and inspire others to follow suit by furthering that technology or solution. Maybe your organisation is in its early days, but we want to see that it is viable and supported by a clear vision for both the short and long-term future.

To be eligible for this prize, you should be a small or medium-sized enterprise, a social enterprise, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), a non-profit organisation (NPO), or a similar organisation (with revenues of less than US$50million per year).

Evaluation Criteria

Innovation – 30%

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 – 50%

The impact criterion is designed to test if the organisation has demonstrated significant and tangible outcomes in health-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 – 20%

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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.

FOOD: Zayed Sustainability Prize

Submission Guidelines

This prize recognises organisations that can demonstrate innovative, impactful and inspirational solutions. You empower people by giving them access to safe and affordable food. Your organisation is taking active part in ending hunger and malnutrition, ensuring sustainable food production systems, increasing agricultural productivity and promoting seed type and animal population diversity.

You have a clear vision and long-term plan to further deploy your solution and scale up your impact and inspire others to follow suit by furthering that technology or solution. Maybe your organisation is in its early days, but we want to see that it is viable and supported by a clear vision for both the short and long-term future.

To be eligible for this prize, you should be a small or medium-sized enterprise, a social enterprise, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), a non-profit organisation (NPO), or a similar organisation (with revenues of less than US$50million per year).

Evaluation Criteria

Innovation – 30%

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 – 50%

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 – 20%

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.

ENERGY: Zayed Sustainability Prize

Submission Guidelines

This prize recognises organisations that can demonstrate innovative, impactful and inspirational solutions. You empower people by providing access to energy and energy efficiency solutions.

You will also have a clear vision and long-term plan to further deploy your solution and scale up your impact, and inspire others to follow suit, by furthering that technology or solution. Maybe your organisation is in its early days, but we want to see that it is viable and supported by a clear vision for both the short and long-term future.

To be eligible for this prize, you should be a small or medium-sized enterprise, a social enterprise, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), a non-profit organisation (NPO), or a similar organisation (with revenues of less than US$50million per year).

Evaluation Criteria

Innovation – 30%

The innovation criterion will require organisations to:

– Demonstrate that their solution has unique and distinctive characteristics compared to their competitors

– Has a level of maturity by being demonstrated on the ground

– Has already shown characteristics to change the ‘status quo’ and has the potential to catalyse opportunities not previously considered through disruptive or transformative change.

Impact – 50%

The impact criterion is designed to test if the organisation has demonstrated significant and tangible outcomes in energy-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.

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Inspiration – 20%

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.

WATER: Zayed Sustainability Prize.

Submission Guidelines

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This prize recognises organisations that can demonstrate innovative, impactful and inspirational solutions. You empower people by providing access to safe and affordable drinking water. Your organisation is active in improving water quality, sanitation, water use efficiency, protection of water-related ecosystems and community participation.

You have a clear vision and long-term plan to further deploy your solution and scale up your impact and inspire others to follow suit by furthering that technology or solution. Maybe your organisation is in its early days, but we want to see that it is viable and supported by a clear vision for both the short and long-term future.

To be eligible for this prize, you should be a small or medium-sized enterprise, a social enterprise, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), a non-profit organisation (NPO), or a similar organisation (with revenues of less than US$50million per year).

Evaluation Criteria

Innovation – 30%

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 – 50%

The impact criterion is designed to test if the organisation has demonstrated significant and tangible outcomes in water-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 – 20%

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.

GLOBAL HIGH SCHOOLS: Zayed Sustainability Prize

Submission Guidelines

This prize will be given to global high schools from six geographic regions that can demonstrate impact, innovation and inspiration to enable inclusive and equitable access to quality education. Schools must proposes projects that can be implemented within 12-24 months with tangible outcomes in the areas of sustainable energy, water, food and health. The projects need to be designed to deliver positive educational impact including access to quality education and ensure that students are given key skills and enhanced abilities to achieve their goals. Ideally, projects should demonstrate new and innovative approaches and be inspirational for others. One school will win in each of the six regions:

1. The Americas

2. Europe & Central Asia

3. Sub-Saharan Africa

4. East Asia & Pacific

5. South Asia

6. MENA

The award in this category is not given for past achievements but will enable winning schools to develop sustainability projects of their own. The proposed project should result in clear, measurable educational benefits related to:

• Improving access to quality secondary education

• Eliminate gender disparity and equal access to education

• Helping youth and adults achieve literacy and numeracy and acquire knowledge, technical and vocational skills for decent jobs and entrepreneurship for sustainable development

• build and upgrade education facilities, etc.

These education outcomes should be achieved by implementing any projects that are using renewable energy and energy efficiency, providing clean and affordable water, sustainable and healthy food and/or improving access to quality healthcare. The specific projects could be in one area (e.g. water) or a combination of areas (e.g. energy, water, food).

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The category is open to all high schools with students between 11-19 years old. The application must be supported by the school and its management. The winning projects will show how they meet the three criteria: impact, innovation, inspiration, explained in more detail below.

The school must have multiple years of students (i.e. it cannot be a semester school). The project should benefit the school community for several years. It should be able to be built and operational within one to two years. We encourage schools to get quotes from suppliers for the cost of their project and include this estimate as an attachment to their application. This helps to make sure the project is realistic and helps us to get a clearer idea of how much the project will cost.

If you believe you have a project that could win the Zayed Sustainability Prize, we want to know about it!

Education – Evaluation Criteria

Innovation – 20%

The innovation criterion aims to evaluate two aspects:

Firstly, how your proposed project is inventive, resourceful and creative in its educational approach – aiming to maximise educational benefits for students (this can be through student participation and engagement, innovative teaching and learning methods, use of technology or other resources etc.).

Secondly, project proposals should articulate where they are using renewable energy or energy efficiency applications, sustainable water solutions, sustainable food/agriculture or health solutions innovatively to enable more students to access affordable, quality education.

Impact – 50%

The impact criterion is focused on two aspects:

1) The positive educational impact you will create for your current and future students – this could include areas such as improved access to education, improving specific skills such as literacy, numeracy or employability, impactful research projects which promote sustainable development or improving education infrastructure and facilities.

2) Tangible sustainability outcomes your project/solution will produce – in terms of sustainable energy, water, health and food in your school (or wider community).

Inspiration – 30%

The inspiration criterion will assess the extent to which projects can be sustained in the long term and inspire future generations of students, beyond the one-two year project proposal. The long-term nature is also related to whether applicants are able to catalyse further action in their wider community and other schools. Finally, it will also assess whether there is potential for students to be inspired to pursue their careers as a result.

Evaluation Process and Timeline

The evaluation of each submission to the Prize consists of a robust, three-stage process. Each category is then evaluated according to our three core criteria: Innovation, Impact, and Inspiration.

The weighting of each criterion varies according to the category.

First Stage: A reputed international research and analysis consultancy firm conducts due diligence on all our submissions received. The consultancy then ensures that each entry meets the submission standards and then scores the entries against the criteria set out for the Zayed Sustainability Prize.

Second Stage: The Selection Committee meets to evaluate and scores entries in order to create a shortlist of finalists to pass on to the last stage of the process – the Jury.

Final Stage: The Jury meets, in person, to deliberate the entries and elect the winner in each category. The final decision must be unanimous.

How to Apply Zayed Sustainability Prize.

In order to participate, we kindly ask you to fill to register as a candidate and proceed to log-in, in order to begin filling out the application form. For your convenience, you will be able to save and return to your submission at any time.

There are no fees associated with completing and submitting an entry. Please also note that submissions will only be accepted in English.

Click here to apply

For further assistance with the submission forms, please contact us on: info@zayedsustainabilityprize.com

For any technical support on your submission, please contact techsupport@zayedsustainabilityprize.com

Submission process video tutorial:

To watch our video tutorial explaining the submissions process, please click here.

Zayed Sustainability Prize Application Deadline.

Submissions of application deadline is 9th August, 2018

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