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Agfund PrizeUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

AGFUND International Prize is an annual prize awarded by the Arab Gulf Programme for United Nations Development Organizations (AGFUND), having as its president HRH Prince Talal Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, to honor the pioneering development projects in the developing countries.

The Prize is consisted of a financial reward of US$ 300, 000 (three hundred thousand dollars) in addition to trophies and certificates of recognition. It aims at encouraging continuity in implementing pioneering development projects and stimulating the efforts of those who are capable of contributing to developmental and humanitarian action in the developing countries. This reflects the keenness and continued endeavors of AGFUND to support the efforts targeting the alleviation of human suffering and pain.
The Abraham Award Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

The Abraham Award focuses on honoring grassroots activists in whatever area of environmentalism they make a significant contribution. In addition to public recognition, winners receive a cash award and certificates. The recognition through these awards is also meant to inspire, sustain and motivate future conservation efforts in the region.
AshokaUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

Ashoka is the global association of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs—men and women with system changing solutions for the world’s most urgent social problems. Since 1981, we have elected over 2,000 leading social entrepreneurs as Ashoka Fellows, providing them with living stipends, professional support, and access to a global network of peers in more than 60 countries.

With our global community, we develop models for collaboration and design infrastructure needed to advance the field of social entrepreneurship and the citizen sector.

Our Fellows inspire others to adopt and spread their innovations - demonstrating to all citizens that they too have the potential to be powerful changemakers.
The BBVA Foundation Awards for Biodiversity Conservation Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

The BBVA Foundation Awards for Biodiversity Conservation are an expression of the BBVA Group’s social responsibility engagement with protecting the environment. Their goal is to publicly recognize the efforts of the scientific community, conservationist organizations and professionals working to protect and preserve our natural heritage by three complementary routes:

The achievement of particularly significant scientific advances in Ecology and Conservation Biology



The development of innovative projects and initiatives to conserve habitats, species or ecosystems


The dissemination of environmental knowledge and promotion of social awareness on the importance of conserving the natural environment


Biwako Prize for EcologyUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

To play an active role in environmental conservation and to make a positive contribute in this field both in Japan and Asia, Shiga Prefectural Government established the Biwako Prize for Ecology. The prize has been awarded annually since 1991 to researchers who have made academically and socially significant achievements in ecological studies in fields related to aquatic environments and who are expected to further develop and advance their research.
The Blue Planet PrizeUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

The Asahi Glass Foundation, in 1992, the year of the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, established the Blue Planet Prize, an international award that recognizes individuals and organizations who have made major contributions to solving global environmental problems.

This prize was founded in the hopes that this expression of appreciation for the achievements of the winners would help to spur them on in their further endeavors as well as help to raise the awareness of people around the world about
environmental issues so that these problems can be tackled from a variety of perspectives.

The Blue Planet Prize was so named in the hopes that our blue planet will be a shared asset capable of sustaining human life far into the future.
Champions of the EarthUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

A renaissance in environmental policy does not come in a vacuum. It emerges as a result of collective efforts of governments, civil society organizations and private business. It needs the long-term commitment and vision of men and women. It needs people who are and continue to be Champions of the Earth.

Champions of the Earth is an international environment award established in 2004. It is presented each year by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to seven outstanding environmental leaders.

No monetary award is attached to the prize.

China Environment Prize OverviewUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
According to the bylaw of China Environmental Protection Foundation, China Environmental Protection Foundation established "China Environment Prize" in 2000 for honoring and encouraging the individuals and organizations that have made great contributions to and gained the prominent achievements in the cause of China environmental protection. The Organizing Committee of "China Environment Prize" is constituted by such 12 departments and units as the Environment & Resources Protection Committee of NPC, Population, Resources & Environment Committee of CPPCC, Propaganda Department of CCP, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Civil Affairs, State Environmental Protection Administration, State Administration of Radio, Film & Television, All-China Federation of Trade Unions, Central Committee of CYL, All-China Federation of Women, and China Environmental Protection Foundation. The Evaluation Office of China Environment Prize is set at China Environmental Protection Foundation.
City of GoteborgUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

Environment Prize
The Prize, one million SEK, will be awarded for a product, service or engineering system that proves to be outstanding according to certain criteria.

COM+ Communications for Sustainable Development Award Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

The COM+ Communications for Sustainable Development Award recognizes excellence in the field of communications, demonstrated through clear impacts and real changes in support of sustainable development.

Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

The $1.5 million (U.S.) Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize is awarded annually to an organization making extraordinary contributions toward alleviating human suffering anywhere in the world.

Nominations for the 2008 Hilton Humanitarian Prize are closed and the Recipient will be announced in the Fall of 2008.  

We are accepting nominations for the 2009 Prize from August 1, 2008 to November 3, 2008 from throughout the international community.  An independent international panel of jurors will make the final selection; the recipient of the 2009 Prize will be announced in the fall of 2009.

The Conservation Leadership Programme (CLP)Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

The Conservation Leadership Programme (CLP) is a partnership of five organisations – BirdLife International, Conservation International, Fauna & Flora International, the Wildlife Conservation Society and BP – working to develop the potential of future biodiversity conservation leaders by providing a range of awards, training, advice and sustained support via an active international network of practitioners.

Our awards go beyond simple financial grants by including a range of training and professional mentoring activities provided both locally and internationally to approximately 200 individuals per year. Full details, including criteria and submission procedure can be found on the grants page.
Dan David PrizeUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
The Dan David Prize is a joint international enterprise, endowed by the Dan David Foundation and headquartered at Tel Aviv University.

The Dan David Prize recognizes and encourages innovative and interdisciplinary research that cuts across traditional boundaries and paradigms. It aims to foster universal values of excellence, creativity, justice, democracy and progress and to promote the scientific, technological and humanistic achievements that advance and improve our world.

The Dan David Prize covers three time dimensions - Past, Present and Future - that represent realms of human achievement. Each year the International Board chooses one field within each time dimension. Following a review process by independent Review Commitees comprised of renowned scholars and professionals, the International Board then chooses the laureates for each field.
Development MarketplaceUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

Development Marketplace (DM) is a competitive grant program administered by the World Bank and supported by various partners that identifies and funds innovative,  early-stage projects with high potential for development impact. DM competitions -- held at the global, regional and country level -- attract ideas from a range of innovators, including civil society groups, social entrepreneurs, academia and businesses.


DM has awarded more than $46 million in grants, supporting projects through their proof of concept phase. Using DM funding as a launching pad, projects often go on to scale up or replicate elsewhere, winning prestigious awards within the sphere of social entrepreneurship.


Here you can learn about upcoming competitions, projects and partners of the DM. Winners of competitions can also access expertise and tools to help implement, expand or replicate their projects. 

Earthwatch Awards and Additional Grants Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Along with eager support by volunteers, Earthwatch Institute offers many opportunities for additional support through awards and grants funded by Earthwatch or partner organizations and corporations. These awards recognize the valuable contribution Earthwatch principal investigators make to science and sustainability, and provide a boost to their research efforts. Many awards or additional grants have inspired principal investigators to launch new aspects of their research, buy much needed equipment, or employ local community members.
Echoing GreenUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
To accelerate social change, Echoing Green invests in and supports outstanding emerging social entrepreneurs to launch new organizations that deliver bold, high-impact solutions. Through a two-year fellowship program, we help our network of visionaries develop new solutions to society’s most difficult problems. These social entrepreneurs and their organizations work to solve deeply-rooted social, environmental, economic, and political inequities to ensure equal access and to help all individuals reach their potential. To date, Echoing Green has invested $27 million in seed funding to over 450 social entrepreneurs and their innovative organizations.
The Equator PrizeUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
The Equator Initiative is a partnership that brings together the United Nations, civil society, business, governments and communities to help build the capacity and raise the profile of grassroots efforts to reduce poverty through the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity.

The Equator Initiative's work is organized around four themes:

The Equator Prize is a prestigious international award that recognizes outstanding local efforts to reduce poverty through the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. An innovative programme of community and local-global dialogues, learning exchanges and meetings, Equator Dialogues celebrate local successes, share experiences and inform policy. Equator Knowledge is a comprehensive research and learning initiative dedicated to synthesizing lessons from local conservation and poverty reduction practice. Equator Ventures is a unique investment program focused on blended finance and capacity development for biodiversity enterprises in the most biodiversity-rich locations of the world.
2008 European Business Awards for the EnvironmentUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
The European Business Awards for the Environment (EBAE) are designed to recognise and promote organisations which make an outstanding contribution to sustainable development and that can serve as an example to other organisations. They highlight policies, practices, processes and products from all sectors of business in the EU that help achieve economic and social development without detriment to the environment and natural resources upon the quality of which continued human activity and further development depend.
UNEP International Photographic Competition on the EnvironmentUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme) International Photographic Competition on the Environment, sponsored by CANON INC., encouraged people, regardless of age, sex, religion or nationality to submit photographs reflecting the diversity of the planet and its people

The Competition was started in 1991, and staged 4 times of that by 2004-2005. People use the expression, “Photography is a universal language.”

It is particularly appropriate here, since we believe these photographs will deeply touch the hearts of many people because of the great concern they show for our environment.
Global Green Grants FundUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
We bridge the gap between those who can offer financial support and grassroots groups in developing countries that can make effective use of that support. We help donors overcome the barriers to grassroots grantmaking by identifying worthy organizations and moving funds at minimal cost.

We are based in Boulder, Colorado, with staff and volunteers around the world. Since 1993, we have made more than 3,500 grants in over 120 countries.
The Annual Global Development Awards and Medals Competition – 2008Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

  The GDN-2008 Awards and Medals competition topics are:

  1. The Governance and Political Economy of Natural Resource Management More>>
  2. Exploitation of Natural Resources: Trends and Environmental Implications More>>
  3. The Economics of Natural Resource Management More>>
  4. Foreign Direct Investment and Natural Resources More>>
  5. Societies and Natural Resource Management More>>
The Future for Nature Award (Formerly the Golden Ark Award)Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

The Future for Nature Award is a prestigious international award, which celebrates tangible achievements in protecting wild animal and plant species.

The Future for Nature Award aims to:

  • Reward and fund individuals for their outstanding efforts in the protection of species of wild flora and fauna
  • Stimulate award winners to sustain their dedicated work
  • Help winners to raise their profile, extend their professional network and strengthen their funding basis

The Award provides the winners international recognition, financial support and reinforced linkages to an international conservation network.

In addition to the Award amount, all Awardees will receive a small Future for Nature sculpture and a Future for Nature Certificate, summarising the achievements of the Awardees.


Grassroots environmental heroes too often go unrecognized. Yet their efforts to protect the world’s natural resources are increasingly critical to the well-being of the planet we all share. Thus, in 1990 San Francisco civic leaders and philanthropists Richard N. Goldman and his late wife, Rhoda H. Goldman (1924-1996) created the Goldman Environmental Prize. The Goldman Prize continues today with its original mission to annually honor grassroots environmental heroes from the six inhabited continental regions: Africa, Asia, Europe, Islands and Island Nations, North America, and South and Central America. The Prize recognizes individuals for sustained and significant efforts to protect and enhance the natural environment, often at great personal risk. Each winner receives an award of $150,000, the largest award in the world for grassroots environmentalists. The Goldman Prize views “grassroots” leaders as those involved in local efforts, where positive change is created through community or citizen participation in the issues that affect them. Through recognizing these individual leaders, the Prize seeks to inspire other ordinary people to take extraordinary actions to protect the natural world.
The Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for Environmental Sciences Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

First awarded in 1990, the prize is awarded in recognition of significant achievements in environmental science. It consists of a trophy representing an oak tree, and a cash prize of $150,000.



The tradition began with the establishment in 1963 of the Dr H.P. Heineken Foundation, named after the company's second director and son of the company's founder. An accomplished chemist with a lifelong involvement in science, Dr Henry Pierre Heineken believed that scientific research was vital to industry. The first annual prize in biochemistry and biophysics was awarded in 1964.


A second foundation, the Alfred Heineken Fondsen Foundation, was established in 1988 and, with the creation of five subsidiaries, expanded the prizes to the areas of medicine, the arts, history, environmental sciences and cognitive science. The Foundation was named for the company's third director, Dr Alfred Heineken, who embodies the same spirit of innovation and excellence upon which the prizes are based.

Both institutes and individual researchers throughout the world may nominate suitable candidates. The selection of the prizes is entrusted to the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences to ensure the highest possible standards, integrity and independence of the prizes.

The Heinz Award for the EnvironmentUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

Established by Teresa Heinz in 1993 to honor the memory of her late husband, U.S. Senator John Heinz, the Awards celebrate the accomplishments and spirit of the Senator by recognizing the extraordinary achievements of individuals in the areas of greatest importance to him.

The Heinz Awards, administered by the Heinz Family Philanthropies, recognize outstanding individuals for their contributions in the areas of: Arts and Humanities, the Environment, the Human Condition, Public Policy, and Technology, the Economy and Employment.

Nominations are submitted by an anonymous Council of Nominators and are reviewed by Jurors appointed by the Heinz Family Philanthropies. Award recipients are ultimately selected by the Board of Directors.

Award recipients receive a medallion and an unrestricted cash prize of up to $250,000.

 The Heinz Awards were created to recognize excellence. But, just as important, they also honor less tangible qualities of heart and mind, exemplified by the life and work of the late Senator John Heinz.

Each Heinz Award recognizes a particular aspect of achievement in Arts and Humanities, Environment, Human Condition, Public Policy, and Technology, the Economy and Employment. Nominators and Jurors are provided with a general framework and guidelines for the Award in each category.
The Holcim AwardsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

The Holcim Awards is an international competition of the Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction. The competition celebrates innovative, future-oriented and tangible sustainable construction projects from around the globe and provides prize money of USD 2 million per three-year competition cycle.

An objective of the Holcim Awards is to progressively generate a worldwide community of recognized practitioners of excellence in sustainable construction.

The Holcim Awards recognize any contribution to sustainable construction – irrespective of scale – in architecture, landscape and urban design, civil and mechanical engineering and related disciplines.
The Honda PrizeUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

The Honda Prize is awarded once a year to an individual or group that has achieved outstanding results in the field of eco-technology. The Honda Prize has won recognition by the International Congress of Distinguished Awards (ICDA) as one of the world’s most important awards.


The Honda Prize is an inter-national award that acknowledges the efforts of an individual or group who contribute new ideas which may lead the next generation in the field of ecotechnology. The Honda Foundation has given one award every year for a variety of research results.

Supporting top runners in science and technology who have created new value is our first step towards helping to solve the problems we are directly faced with. From this point of view, we at the Foundation want to put a spotlight on achievements of a variety of fields based on a wide perspective in the future.
International Cosmos PrizeUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

The International Cosmos Prize is an annual award presented by the Expo'90 Foundation. Its purpose is to honor those who have, through their work, applied and realized the ideals which the Foundation strives to preserve.


Expo'90 was an event dedicated to the theme -The Harmonious Coexistence of Nature and Mankind- how we as human beings can truly respect and live in harmony with nature. The perspective sought throughout the exposition was one that grasped life on Earth in its total context and stressed the need to understand our world as a single interdependent entity. Exhibitors and organizers alike emphasized the need to chart a correct course for Spaceship Earth.


Of vital importance for research conducted now and in the future is the need to understand the character of the interdependent relationship among all living organisms and the earth. The answers, however, cannot fully be attained with analytical and reductive methods that have served the mainstream of science to the present. The necessity for new paradigms formed through integrated and inclusive approaches has been realized.


The Commemorative Foundation for Expo'90 realizes the importance of a holistic global perspective and wishes to extend its support to those dedicated to this approach. Therefore, it has decided to reward the endeavors of researchers and scientists all over the world who have shown their dedication in this respect, thus giving them the recognition they so greatly deserve. By so doing, not only are the ideals of the Foundation upheld, but also it is hoped that a new tide of values is promoted and its fruits shared with all of mankind.
IH&RA Environmental AwardUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

The IH&RA Environmental Award is one of the industry’s longest running awards recognizing hospitality’s outstanding and proactive work to protect the environment. It is conducted in association with UNEP, the United Nations Environment Programme and is made possible thanks to founding sponsor American Express. Programme partners and judges also include Conservation International, Green Globe 21 and the International Tourism Partnership.


Launched in 1990, it was one of the first award programmes to promote environmental awareness among hotels and recognise the efforts being made to “green” the industry from within. The programme recognises the efforts of both independent and corporate hotels, selecting a winner and runner-up in each category. The winners are honoured at a special Award Ceremony at the IH&RA annual congress and receive a trophy and worldwide media coverage. Selected applications are included in periodical Best Practice Reports.
IOC Award for Sport and the EnvironmentUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

The International Olympic Committee and its Commission for Sport and Environment is launching the IOC Award for Sport and the Environment to acknowledge and further encourage the implementation of good environmental practices in the field of sport.


More than ten years ago environment was declared the third pillar of Olympism and since then sport and environment has grown into a field of activity in its own right with activities, initiatives and projects taking place all over the world.

Reuters - IUCN Media AwardsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

Established in 1998 by Reuters Foundation and the IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the awards aim to help raise global awareness of environmental and sustainable development issues by encouraging high standards in environmental reporting worldwide.

Since the launch of the competition, 44 reporters have been recognised for outstanding environmental journalism. These journalists come from countries as diverse as Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Canada, China, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, El Salvador, Germany, Great Britain, Kenya, Macedonia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Russia, South Africa, Togo, USA, and Zimbabwe.

The global winner of the competition, selected amongst six candidates representing Asia, English-speaking Africa, French-speaking Africa, Europe, Latin America, and North America & Oceania, receives a cash prize of US$ 5,000. Each regional winner receives a trophy and a travel grant to attend the global ceremony to be held at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Barcelona, Spain in October 2008.
J. Paul Getty Award for Conservation LeadershipUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

Established in 2006 and administered by World Wildlife Fund, the Getty Award for Conservation Leadership is made possible through the generous support of Gordon Getty. The award recognizes contributions to conservation through personal leadership in one of three annually rotating areas: political leadership, scientific leadership and community leadership. It is for his leadership in the field of conservation science that Dr. K. Ullas Karanth has been selected as the winner of the 2007 award.
The James Irvine Foundation Leadership Awards Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

The James Irvine Foundation Leadership Awards recognize Californians who are advancing innovative and effective solutions to significant issues for the state's future. The awards highlight their successful approaches for policymakers and practitioners in their fields.


 The Award is designed to:

  • Recognize effective leaders
  • Advance their work through financial support and greater visibility
  • Educate policymakers and others about promising approaches to important state issues
The King Baudouin International Development PrizeUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

Convinced of the need to foster solidarity on the scale of the entire planet, for ethical reasons and also as a contribution to world stability, the King Baudouin Foundation created the King Baudouin International Development Prize in 1978. Today the Prize has become the classic reference for acknowledgement of positive examples of development.

The King Baudouin International Development Prize, worth 150,000 euros, is awarded every other year by the Foundation's Board of Governors. Beyond its actual financial value, the Prize provides winners international visibility and publicity, with the main agents of development in particular, such as the United Nations and its specialized agencies, the World Bank, the European Union and a number of bilateral development agencies, the world of foundations or international NGOs.
Le Prix Binding pour la forêtUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

Le Prix Binding pour la forêt est décerné chaque année, depuis 1987, à un propriétaire de forêt suisse. Il est doté d'une somme de 50'000 CHF plus 150'000 CHF destinés aux activités relatives au projet. Il distingue des propriétaires forestiers suisses qui s'engagent, de manière exemplaire et durable, à l'entretien et au maintien de leurs forêts. Depuis 2001, le Prix est décerné en fonction d'un thème prédéfini.

Pour ce faire, la Fondation Sophie et Karl Binding a mis en œuvre un conseil d'experts réunissant des professionnels et des gestionnaires du domaine forestier. Le conseil d'experts soumet autant les lauréats que les projets distingués sous forme de proposition au Conseil de fondation qui prend sa décision.
Leadership for a Changing WorldUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

 Leadership for a Changing World seeks to recognize, strengthen and support leaders and to highlight the importance of community leadership in improving people’s lives. The program seeks to confirm that resourceful leaders are bringing about positive change in virtually every community. Together with these leaders, Leadership for a Changing World hopes to facilitate a new dialogue about community leadership, one that encourages others to appreciate that leadership comes in many forms and from many different communities.


Each year, Leadership for a Changing World recognizes 17-20 leaders and leadership groups not broadly known beyond their immediate community or field. Nominated community leaders may work in fields that include: economic development; community development; environment and environmental justice; human rights; citizen participation and government accountability; human development; sexual and reproductive health; education reform; youth development; religion and social change; arts and social action; and access to media, including new technologies.
The Lemelson-MIT Awards for Invention and InnovationUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

Bestowed annually, the Lemelson-MIT Awards were first presented in 1995. They are part of a comprehensive program administered by the Lemelson-MIT Program and established by the Lemelson Foundation to raise the stature of inventors and to inspire invention among young people.

The Lemelson-MIT Award for Sustainability has replaced the $100,000 Lemelson-MIT Lifetime Achievement Award, which was presented by the Lemelson-MIT Program from 1995-2006. The Lifetime Achievement Award recognized outstanding individuals whose pioneering spirit and inventiveness throughout their careers have improved our society and inspired others.

The Lemelson-MIT Awards honor both established and rising inventors for their ingenuity, creativity and contribution to invention and innovation. The awards recognize the profound impact that inventors can have on economic and social well-being.
Luc Hoffman Medal for Excellence in Wetland Science and Conservation Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

Wetlands International is pleased to announce the winners of the triennial Luc Hoffman Medal for Excellence in Wetland Science and Conservation

The Luc Hoffmann Medal has been awarded to Prof.dr. Anthony (Tony) D. Fox and Prof. Richard Kingsford. Both are awarded this Medal for excellence in wetland research and for outstanding communications, team work and collaboration worldwide for the active promotion of wetland conservation and wise use.
The other nominees for the Luc Hoffmann Medal were Geoffrey (Geoff) Howard, Vhangani Silima, Wolfgang Junk and Gerard Boere, last of which achieved an award of High Commendation for his work on wetlands and waterbird conservation and support for Wetlands International.

MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective InstitutionsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

It is often small or emerging organizations that generate provocative ideas, reframe the debate, or provide new ways of looking at persistent problems. Some are particularly effective at delivering services or challenging old paradigms.  A significant investment in such promising organizations can contribute to progress on an issue or in an area of work, and can also help position a small or new organization for long-term growth and impact.

The Foundation does not seek or accept nominations for this award. To qualify, organizations must:

  • Have budgets of less than $2.5 million per year;
  • Demonstrate exceptional creativity and effectiveness;
  • Have reached a critical or strategic point in their development;
  • Show strong leadership and stable financial management;
  • Have previously received MacArthur support; and
Work in one of the fields in which MacArthur is engaged.
MacArthur Fellows ProgramUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

About the Fellows Program

The MacArthur Fellows Program awards unrestricted fellowships to talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction. There are three criteria for selection of Fellows: exceptional creativity, promise for important future advances based on a track record of significant accomplishment, and potential for the fellowship to facilitate subsequent creative work.

 The MacArthur Fellows Program is intended to encourage people of outstanding talent to pursue their own creative, intellectual, and professional inclinations. In keeping with this purpose, the Foundation awards fellowships directly to individuals rather than through institutions. Recipients may be writers, scientists, artists, social scientists, humanists, teachers, entrepreneurs, or those in other fields, with or without institutional affiliations. They may use their fellowship to advance their expertise, engage in bold new work, or, if they wish, to change fields or alter the direction of their careers.

 Although nominees are reviewed for their achievements, the fellowship is not a reward for past accomplishment, but rather an investment in a person's originality, insight, and potential. Indeed, the purpose of the MacArthur Fellows Program is to enable recipients to exercise their own creative instincts for the benefit of human society.
Thiess Riverprize Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
The Thiess Riverprize is open to individuals, organisations or agencies who can demonstrate outstanding achievements in river management and restoration. The international award is open to Australian and international applicants. The national award is exclusively for Australian entrants. 
New Ventures Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Our Mission

The New Ventures program of the World Resources Institute promotes sustainable growth in emerging markets by supporting and accelerating the transfer of capital to businesses that deliver social and environmental benefits at the base of the economic pyramid.
Stratospheric Ozone Protection AwardsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) founded the Ozone Layer Protection Awards in 1990 to recognize outstanding contributions to the protection of the Earth’s stratospheric ozone layer. Since then, 533 individuals, companies, organizations and teams from 49 countries have earned this honor. This year’s recipients have demonstrated originality and public purpose, persuasive moral and organizational leadership, and elimination of emissions of ozone-depleting substances. The winners are from Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, China, Fiji, Italy, India, Japan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Mauritius, Netherlands, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Thailand, and United States. EPA’s Ozone Layer Protection Awards are particularly prestigious because nominees compete globally against the notable accomplishments of many other potential winners, and winners are selected using previous winners as judges.

Who is eligible to be considered for the Stratospheric Ozone Protection Awards?

  • Candidates may be from anywhere in the world.
  • Individuals and organizations may work for the public or private sector.
  • Candidates may be either self-nominated or nominated by a third party.
Pew Fellows Program in Marine Conservation Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

The prestigious Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation is annually awarded to five outstanding global leaders or teams who are working to preserve and protect the world’s oceans and marine species. Designed to promote innovative work, the Pew Fellowship provides flexible support and encourages creative, interdisciplinary approaches to the preservation of marine systems.
The Ramsar Wetland Conservation Awards 2008Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

The Ramsar Wetland Conservation Award
for actions that have significantly contributed to long-term conservation and sustainable use of wetlands

The Ramsar Wetland Conservation Award was established in 1996 by Resolution VI.18 of the 6th Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties to the Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar, Iran, 1971) in order to recognise and honour the contributions of individuals, organisations, and governments around the world towards promoting the conservation and wise use of wetlands. It was awarded on the occasion of the 7th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (San José, Costa Rica, 1999), at the 8th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties in Valencia, Spain, in 2002, and at the 9th Meeting of the Ramsar COP in Kampala, Uganda, in 2005. Information on these rounds of the Ramsar Award and on the laureates is available on the Convention Web site at
The Raymond Georis Prize for Innovative Philanthropy in Europe Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

The Raymond Georis Prize for Innovative Philanthropy in Europe was established by The Mercator Fund to reward an individual, organisation, foundation or project which has conceived and implemented an outstanding and innovative philanthropic programme in Europe.

It is anticipated that the project will have a high impact result and will express a strong belief in the role of Europe and European values in philanthropy. The Prize Ceremony is to take place every year at the European Foundation Centre’s General Assembly.
The Responsible Tourism Awards Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
The Responsible Tourism Awards were founded in 2004 by, who run the Awards in partnership with Telegraph Travel, World Travel Market and Geographical Magazine - the magazine of The Royal Geographical Society (read more about our Partners). Virgin Holidays became headline sponsors of the Awards in 2007 and we are delighted to have their support again for 2008.

The central tenet of the Awards is that all types of tourism – from niche to mainstream – can and should be operated in a way that respects and benefits destinations and local people. The Awards recognise individuals, companies and organisations in the travel industry that are making a significant commitment to the culture and economies of local communities and are providing a positive contribution to biodiversity conservation.

Our Responsible Tourism Awards are different from other awards schemes in that winners are nominated by tourists. One of the founding principles of the Awards is always to seek out new responsible tourism ventures that deserve to be celebrated and your nominations are fundamental to this process.
Alcan Prize for Sustainability Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

Through Rio Tinto Alcan's community investment program and extensive experience of collaborating with not-for-profit and civil society organizations at local and global levels, Rio Tinto Alcan has witnessed and learned to appreciate the enormous contribution these organizations make to pressing economic, environmental, and social issues.

In late 2003, Alcan Inc. adopted sustainability as the key focus for its community investment program supporting initiatives and projects that align with Rio Tinto Alcan’s commitment to environmental, social and economic sustainability.
The Alcan Prize for Sustainability programme is climate neutral and offsets CO2 emissions generated from management and travel activities relating to the Prize with contributions to Climate Care (

It is against this background that Alcan Inc. created the Alcan Prize for Sustainability to recognize and reward the crucial role of not-for-profit and civil society organisations committed to making a sustainable difference. 
Rolex Award for EnterpriseUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Rufford Small Grants for Nature Conservation Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

Rufford Small Grants for Nature Conservation (RSGs) are aimed at small conservation programmes and pilot projects.

In addition to the Rufford Small Grants, the Foundation now offers the prestigious Innovation Award.

This Award is available to a new, substantial project which could have ground breaking effects in nature conservation in the developing world. For this we offer a 'one-off' grant of up to £50,000.
The St Andrews Prize for the EnvironmentUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

The St Andrews Prize for the Environment is an initiative by the University of St Andrews in Scotland and the international integrated energy company, ConocoPhillips.

The Prize recognises significant contributions to environmental conservation and since its launch in 1998 has attracted entries from more than 50 countries each year on diverse topics including;

  • sustainable development in the Amazon rainforest
  • urban regeneration
  • recycling
  • health and water issues
  • renewable energy

Submissions for the annual prize are assessed by a panel of eminent trustees representing science, industry and government with the award going to the project the Trustees consider displays the best combination of good science, economic realism and political acceptability.
SAM/SPG Sustainability Leadership Award Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

The annual SAM/SPG Sustainability Leadership Award is to become the most important acknowledgment of personal excellence in implementing the principles of sustainability within or in cooperation with the private sector.

What is the idea behind the award?

It cannot be taken for granted at all that business leaders personally engage in the implementation of sustainability principles in the private industry. The initiators of the SAM/SPG SUSTAINABILITY LEADERSHIP AWARD believe that a strong personal commitment of decision makers in the private sector is crucial to the success of sustainable development in the economy and therefore deserves a special acknowledgement.

The annually conferred SAM/SPG SUSTAINABILITY LEADERSHIP AWARD honors outstanding individuals for extraordinary leadership or pioneering work in developing, implementing and promoting the principles of sustainability within or in cooperation with the private sector.

Initiated in 2001, the award has become the most important acknowledgment for individuals who make sustainability work in business practice.

The Award is worth 50,000 Swiss francs in total and is shared equally between a leader and a pioneer.
The Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

The Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship support social entrepreneurs whose work has the potential for large-scale influence on critical challenges of our time: environmental sustainability, health, tolerance and human rights, institutional responsibility, economic and social equity, and peace and security. These issues are at the heart of the foundation’s vision of empowering people to create a peaceful, prosperous, sustainable world. Within these issues, we are particularly interested in applications from social entrepreneurs working in five critical sub-issue areas that threaten the survival of humanity – climate change, nuclear proliferation, pandemics, conflict in the Middle East and water scarcity.
The Sophie PrizeUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

The Sophie Prize is an international award (US $ 100,000), for environment and sustainable development, awarded annually. The Sophie Prize is established to inspire people working towards a sustainable future. The Prize was established in 1997 by the Norwegian author Jostein Gaarder and his wife Siri Dannevig.

The Sophie Prize is awarded to one or several persons, or an organisation, which has created awareness of alternatives to modern-day development and/or initiated such alternatives in a pioneering or particularly inventive manner.
The Stockholm Water PrizeUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

First presented in 1991, The Stockholm Water Prize is the world’s most prestigious prize for outstanding achievement in water-related activities. The annual prize, which includes a USD 150,000 award and a crystal sculpture, honours individuals, institutions or organisations whose work contributes broadly to the conservation and protection of water resources and to improved health of the planet’s inhabitants and ecosystems.

The Stockholm Water Prize Laureate is announced each March in connection with the UN World Water Day and honoured each August at a Royal Prize Ceremony and Banquet in the Stockholm City Hall during the World Water Week in Stockholm. Over the years Stockholm Water Prize Laureates have represented regions from around the world and a broad range of water-related activities, professions and scientific disciplines.

An international nominating committee appointed by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences is responsible to review the nominations and propose a candidate.

Founders of the Stockholm Water Prize are Swedish and international companies in co-operation with the City of Stockholm.

H.M. King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden is the Patron of the Stockholm Water Prize.
Sultan Qaboos Prize for Environmental PreservationUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

This prestigious Prize has been made possible through a generous donation to UNESCO by His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said Al-Said, Oman. The objective of the Prize is to afford recognition to outstanding contributions by individuals, groups of individuals, institutes or organizations in the management or preservation of the environment, consistent with the policies, aims and objectives of UNESCO, and in relation to the Organization's programmes in this field. The Prize, which is provided on a biennual basis, consists of a diploma together with a financial reward.


The next Prize will be awarded in 2009. Nomination forms for the 2009 Prize will be available in late 2008, early 2009.
The Ashden Awards for Sustainable EnergyUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

The Ashden Awards bring to light inspiring sustainable energy solutions in the UK and developing world and help ensure that they are spread more widely. From an entrepreneur rolling out solar power across rural India to a school adopting clean energy and green learning in England, our winners are passionate about bringing change to their communities and the planet.

The Awards were founded in 2001 by the Ashden Trust, one of the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts (SFCT). Since then we've helped more than 80 innovative projects develop their work. Today the Awards are an internationally recognised yardstick for excellence in the field of sustainable energy.

At the heart of the Ashden Awards is a rigorous judging process culminating in a prestigious ceremony in London where prizes are presented to winners from all corners of the globe to help further their work.

But our awards are not just about handing over a prize: they're part of a broader process that's designed to last — sharing knowledge, passing on experience and offering advice and support where it’s wanted.

Throughout the year we hold up our winners as shining examples of green energy in practice. We bring them to a wider audience through the international media, seminars and presentations and we introduce them to influential people and organisations to help change their thinking and policy.

With these activities and the Ashden Schools Resource, we're finding effective ways to inspire others to adopt sustainable energy solutions.
The LivCom AwardsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

The LivCom Awards were launched in 1997 and are endorsed by the United Nations Environment Programme. LivCom is the world’s only Awards Competition focusing on Best Practice regarding the management of the local environment. The objective of LivCom is to improve the quality of life of individual citizens through the creation of ‘liveable communities’.

LivCom is non-political, embracing all nations and cultures, and over 50 countries are represented within the Awards.

Each year communities that have met at the Finals of The LivCom Awards have exchanged Best Practice and practical experience and have joined forces to address mutual challenges. The partnerships have inevitably lead to mutual technical advances and more effective use of resources, including finance.

The Environmentally Sustainable Project Awards are open to both the Public and Private Sectors and partnerships of both. The objective of the Project Awards is to encourage Developers to have the same environmental objectives as communities.

The Bursary Award is open, free of charge, to communities participating in the Community Awards. The Award will be made for an initiative that supports the objectives of The LivCom Awards.

Any person with a responsibility for the local environment, political or technical, has a responsibility to be aware of Best Practice beyond that of their own country. There is a duty to be aware of International Best Practice and this can best be achieved by participation in The LivCom Awards.

The LivCom Awards are the only forum in which International Best Practice may be observed and developed, and participation in the Awards is an investment in the future of a community.
The Purpose Prize® Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

The Purpose Prize® provides five awards of $100,000 each to people over 60 who are taking on society’s biggest challenges. It’s for those with the passion and experience to discover new opportunities, create new programs, and make lasting change.
The Right Livelihood AwardUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
The Right Livelihood Award was established in 1980 to honour and support those "offering practical and exemplary answers to the most urgent challenges facing us today".

It has become widely known as the 'Alternative Nobel Prize' and there are now 128 Laureates from 56 countries.

Presented annually in Stockholm at a ceremony in the Swedish Parliament, the Right Livelihood Award is usually shared by four Recipients. One of them may receive an Honorary Award, given to a person or group whose work the Jury wishes to recognise but who is not primarily in need of monetary support. The others share the prize money of 2,000,000 Swedish kronor (approximately USD 310,000). The prize money is for ongoing successful work, never for personal use.

The Right Livelihood Award is widely recognized as the world's premier award for personal courage and social transformation. Besides the financial support, it enables its Recipients to reach out to an international audience that otherwise might not have heard of them. Often, the Award also gives crucial protection against repression. For the Laureates, the Award has opened many doors, including prison doors.

Unlike the Nobel Prizes (for Physics, Physiology/Medicine, Chemistry, Literature, and Peace), the Right Livelihood Award has no categories. It recognises that, in striving to meet the human challenges of today's world, the most inspiring and remarkable work often defies any standard classification. For example, people who start out with an environmental goal frequently find themselves drawn into issues of health, human rights and/or social justice. Their work becomes a holistic response to community needs, so that sectoral categories lose their meaning.
The Seed Awards Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
The SEED Awards for Entrepreneurship in Sustainable Development is an annual international competition, designed to support locally-led, innovative, entrepreneurial partnerships in developing countries, which have the potential to make real improvements in poverty eradication and environmental sustainability.

The SEED Initiative assists young and promising initiatives in strengthening and scaling up the impact of their activities. This is not a cash award. Instead, a comprehensive package of tailor-made support services, with a value of US$25,000, will be provided to Winners.

The support services respond to the challenges that emerging partnerships face when planning and implementing new ideas, including access to relevant expertise and technical assistance, meeting new partners and building networks, and developing business plans and identifying sources of finance.
The World ChallengeUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

Now in its fourth year, World Challenge 08 is a global competition aimed at finding projects or small businesses from around the world that have shown enterprise and innovation at a grass roots level. We would love to hear from our audience about social entrepreneurs who are making a difference without costing the earth. It could be you or someone you know.

World Challenge 08 is brought to you by BBC World News and Newsweek, in association with Shell, and is about championing and rewarding projects and business which really make a difference. The winner will receive a grant of USD $20 000 to put back into their project/business, and two runners up will each receive USD $10 000. One representative from each of the three finalists will be flown to The Hague, The Netherlands to attend the award ceremony in December 2008.
The World Food PrizeUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

The World Food Prize is the foremost international award recognizing -- without regard to race, religion, nationality, or political beliefs -- the achievements of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world.

The Prize recognizes contributions in any field involved in the world food supply -- food and agriculture science and technology, manufacturing, marketing, nutrition, economics, poverty alleviation, political leadership and the social sciences.

 The World Food Prize emphasizes the importance of a nutritious and sustainable food supply for all people. By honoring those who have worked successfully toward this goal, The Prize calls attention to what has been done to improve the world food supply and to what can be accomplished in the future.
Tyler Prize for Environmental AchievementUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

The Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement is the premier award for environmental science, energy and medicine conferring great benefit upon mankind.

Through their work, Tyler Laureates have focused worldwide attention on environmental problems by their discoveries and the solutions that resulted.

Tyler Laureates receive a $200,000 annual prize and are presented a gold medallion at ceremonies in Los Angeles. The Tyler Prize, administered by the University of Southern California, was established by the late John and Alice Tyler in 1973.

The Tyler Prize
The John and Alice Tyler Prize is awarded for environmental science, energy and medicine conferring great benefit upon mankind. The Prize is endowed by gifts from the Alice C. Tyler Charitable Trust and the John C. Tyler Trust. The University of Southern California is Administrator of the Tyler Prize.The annual award is $200,000.
UNEP Sasakawa PrizeUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

For more than 20 years, the UNEP Sasakawa Prize has been a mark of excellence in the environmental field. Between 1984 and 1993 UNEP Sasakawa Prize was awarded to 30 laureates. In 2004, all the laureates were invited to Beijing, China, to celebrate the Prize’s 20th anniversary and discuss issues and strategies for a sustainable future.

On World Environment Day 2005, UNEP and The Nippon Foundation launched the new UNEP Sasakawa Prize to nurture environmental innovation, research, initiatives and ideas on an annually changing theme.

The UNEP Sasakawa Prize is awarded every year to individuals with an established track record of achievement and the potential to make outstanding contributions to the protection and management of the environment consistent with UNEP’s policies and objectives.

The publicity and prestige associated with winning the UNEP Sasakawa Prize is just one of its advantages. Recognizing that good ideas deserve a helping hand, the $200,000 UNEP Sasakawa Prize offers the financial support laureates need to build on their achievements.

The UNEP Sasakawa Prize acts as an incentive for environmental efforts that are sustainable and replicable in the long-term. It recognizes innovation, groundbreaking research and ideas, and extraordinary grassroots initiatives from around the world.
Volvo Environment PrizeUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

The Volvo Environment Prize is awarded for "Outstanding innovations or scientific discoveries which in broad terms fall within the environmental field".  The Volvo Environment Prize is awarded by an independent foundation, which was instituted in 1988. Laureates represent all fields of environmental and sustainability studies and initiatives.  The Volvo Environment Prize consists of a diploma, a glass sculpture and a cash award for SEK 1.5 million (approximately EUR 160 000 or USD 215 000)
The Whitley Fund for Nature (WFN) Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

The Whitley Fund for Nature (WFN) is a UK registered charity offering a range of Awards and grants to outstanding nature conservationists around the world.  We locate and recognise some of the world’s most dynamic conservation leaders and support projects founded on good science, community involvement and pragmatism. Above all, we champion passionate individuals who are committed to precipitating long-lasting conservation benefits on the ground.

Through a process of reference, application and interview, WFN identifies effective national and regional conservation leaders and celebrates them through Whitley Awards of up to £30,000, now amongst the most high profile of conservation prizes. Of the Whitley Award winners selected each year, one recipient goes on to also win the prestigious Gold Award, worth an additional £30,000.
World Business and Development AwardsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

Established by the International Chamber of Commerce in 2000, the biennial World Business and Development Awards (WBDA) are the first worldwide business awards to recognize the crucial role of the private sector, large and small, in implementing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The spirit of the awards lies in the pursuit of innovative and productive core business practices to sustainable development and to help make the societies where they operate better places to live and work. 


The United Nations has devoted the year 2008 to building a renewed momentum around the MDGs, including special emphasis on the role of business in development through the Business Call to Action. The 2008 World Business and Development Awards is one of the central events this year that recognizes the key contributions of the private sector to development.
Gold Medal: Honouring Industry ExcellenceUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

WEC Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development

The World Environment Center (WEC) is pleased to invite nominations for the 25th WEC Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development for 2009.

The WEC Gold Medal Award is one of the most prestigious ways of recognizing a global company's ongoing commitment to the practice of sustainable development. Only global manufacturing, processing or service corporations that can document well implemented, outstanding and sustained success are eligible to compete for the award. A potential applicant company must demonstrate global vision and a commitment to sustainable development through innovative application of policies, and international economic, environmental, and social responsibilities. An independent Jury of international leaders makes the Gold Medal recipient selection.
The X Prize - Energy and EnvironmentUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

Following the launch of the Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE, which seeks to inspire ultra-efficient passenger vehicles, the X PRIZE Foundation is developing prizes that will end our addiction to oil and stem the harmful effects of climate change. We’re looking for breakthroughs in clean fuels, renewable energy, energy efficiency, energy storage, carbon reduction, and sustainable housing.
Zayed Future Energy PrizeUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

The Zayed Future Energy Prize came to fruition as a result of the vision of the late Ruler of Abu Dhabi and Founding Father of the United Arab Emirates, HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nayhan.  In 2008 at the World Future Energy Summit, HH 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 Zayed Future Energy Prize, to honour his legacy of environmental stewardship.

With the introduction of the Zayed Future Energy Prize, Abu Dhabi, with its international partners at its side, aims to inspire the next generation of global energy innovators – creating solutions we can barely imagine today.


The Prize will be awarded to three individuals, companies, organisations or NGOs that have made significant contributions in the global response to the future of energy.
Zayed International Prize for the Environment Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

The Zayed Prize is the world’s most valuable environmental award, worth US$1 million. It was established by H.H. Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, in recognition of the philosophy, vision and achievements of former President, Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Mercy be upon him, who worked tirelessly to preserve and protect the environment for future generations of his country, the region and the world.

Through the United Nations Economic and Social Council, Zayed International Prize for the Environment has consultative status with the UN.

Awarded on a biennial basis, the Prize recognizes and promotes pioneering contributions in the field of environment and sustainable development.