Earthshot Prize


An annual, global prize for individuals and organisations to respond to challenges that can help restore the world’s natural environment.

Current Status:  Open for Applications

Maximum value:  £1,000,000

Objectives of Fund

The Earthshot Prize is an initiative for individuals and organisations from across the world to respond to challenges that aim to restore the environment and ignite a ‘decade of action to repair the Earth’.

The Prize will be awarded to five winners every year, until 2030, which is the deadline for the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Funds are expected to be allocated by philanthropists, NGOs, businesses and the Royal Family.

Applicants will need to demonstrate the ability of their project, concept or innovation to provide a scalable way of tackling the planet’s biggest environmental challenges.

The five Earthshots are:

  • Protect and restore nature
  • Clean our air
  • Revive our oceans
  • Build a waste-free world
  • Fix our climate

The Prize will be awarded to ‘the most outstanding efforts’ to meet each challenge.

Value Notes

The initiative will be awarding five prizes of £1 million each year, for ten years. Through this, and the winners’ work following each initial challenge, the aim is to be able to provide at least 50 solutions to the world’s greatest problems by 2030. An annual awards ceremony will take place in different cities across the world each year between 2021 and 2030.

The £1 million in prize money will support environmental and conservation projects that are agreed with the winners. Shortlisted nominees will also be given tailored support and opportunities to help scale their work, including being connected with an ecosystem of likeminded individuals and organisations. In the months ahead, more information about the design of the physical prize to be received by each of the winners will be revealed.

Who Can Apply

The Prize will be open individuals, businesses and communities from across the world, across all sectors of industry and society, not just technology. The prizes could be awarded to a range of individuals, teams or collaborations – scientists, activists, economists, leaders, governments, banks, schools, businesses, cities, and countries – anyone who is making a substantial development or outstanding contribution to solving the world’s environmental challenges.

Eligible Expenditure

The Earthshot Prize aims to find new solutions that work on every level, have a positive effect on environmental change and improve living standards globally, particularly for communities most at risk from climate change.

The prize could go to a new technology, a new way of doing things or a new policy – basically any good idea. All winners will be required to tackle their challenge in a way which restores nature.

How To Apply

Nominations will open on 1 November 2020, with over 100 nominating partners from across the world being invited to submit nominations of those individuals, communities, businesses and organisations who could win The Earthshot Prize. Nominators will include academic and non-profit institutions from across the world that have been selected for their ability to identify the most impactful solutions to the Earthshots.

Funds will be bestowed from 2021 until 2030.

Details of the nominations process are provided online

A panel of experts will support the judging process, making recommendations to The Earthshot Prize Council. Following this, Prince William and The Earthshot Prize Council select five winners.

There will be an annual awards ceremony to be held in a different city each year, starting with London in autumn 2021.


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