Zayed Sustainability Prize: Health, Food, Energy, Water

Zayed Sustainability Prize

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Anticipated deadline: May 21, 2021 3:00pm PDT

Grant amount: US $600,000

Fields of work: Renewable/Sustainable Energy Sustainable Agriculture & Agroecology Environmental Health Epidemiology & Public Health Maternal And Perinatal Health Health Care Access & Delivery Nutrition & Healthy Eating Food Access & Hunger Energy Efficiency & Conservation Water Resource Management Sanitation & Clean Drinking Water Show all

Applicant type: For-Profit Business, Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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Overview:

ABOUT US

The Zayed Sustainability Prize, an evolution of the Zayed Future Energy Prize, is the UAE’s pioneering global award in sustainability and a tribute to the legacy of the late founding father of the UAE, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

Established in 2008, this annual award recognises and rewards the achievements of those who are driving impactful, innovative and inspiring sustainability solutions across five distinct categories: Health, Food, Energy, Water and Global High Schools

Categories

Health

This category recognises organisations that can demonstrate innovative, impactful and inspirational sustainability solutions in the areas of health that include, but are not limited to:

  • Ensuring access to essential and affordable healthcare
  • Ensuring access to maternal and new-born healthcare
  • Ending epidemics (AIDS, Malaria, Tuberculosis etc.)
  • Preventing and treating water-borne, communicable and non-communicable diseases
  • Reducing illness from pollution, hazardous chemicals and contamination

Organisations must also demonstrate a clear vision and long-term plan to further deploy their solution and scale up their impact, as well as inspiring others to follow suit by advancing sustainable and human development.

Food

This category recognises organisations that can demonstrate innovative, impactful and inspirational sustainability solutions in the areas of food that include, but are not limited to:

  • Decreasing hunger and malnutrition
  • Increasing agricultural or other food processing productivity
  • Enhancing sustainable food production

Organisations must also demonstrate a clear vision and long-term plan to further deploy their solution and scale up their impact, as well as inspiring others to follow suit by advancing sustainable and human development.

Energy

This category recognises organisations that can demonstrate innovative, impactful and inspirational sustainability solutions in the areas of energy that include, but are not limited to:

  • Ensuring access to affordable and reliable clean energy
  • Increasing production of clean energy
  • Improving energy efficiency
  • Introducing new forms of clean energy or other technology innovations

Organisations must also demonstrate a clear vision and long-term plan to further deploy their solution and scale up their impact, as well as inspiring others to follow suit by advancing sustainable and human development.

Water

This category recognises organisations that can demonstrate innovative, impactful and inspirational sustainability solutions in the areas of water that include, but are not limited to:

  • Ensuring access to safe and affordable drinking water
  • Ensuring access to sanitation and hygiene
  • Increasing water use efficiency
  • Improving water quality

Organisations must also demonstrate a clear vision and long-term plan to further deploy their solution and scale up their impact, as well as inspiring others to follow suit by advancing sustainable and human development.

Evaluation Criteria

The evaluation criteria is split into three parts, each with their percentages of influence on the initial assessments. They are:

Innovation - 40%

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.

The innovation criterion requires organisations to demonstrate that their solution:

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

Impact - 30%

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.

The impact criterion requires organisations to 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 - 30%

Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founding father of the UAE, was a pioneering advocate of global sustainability and human development. Leading by example, he placed great value in the pursuit of socio-economic development that meets the needs of both current and future generations. Continued through the Prize, Sheikh Zayed’s legacy is a source of inspiration for the entire world.

The inspiration criterion requires organisations to demonstrate that their solution:
  • reflect’s Sheikh Zayed’s core values – sustainability and human development that 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.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • To be eligible to enter for this award, you should be a small or medium-sized enterprise (SME), a non-profit organisation (NPO), or a similar organisation.

Ineligibility:

  • The Zayed Sustainability Prize is open to all entrants other than:
    • Board members and employees of Masdar; and
    • Anyone who has been involved in organising, promoting or judging the Prize.
  • The Prize does not award early stage start-ups, demonstration projects, prototypes or solutions that have not demonstrated any impact on the ground.