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2020 St. Andrews Prize Opens for Entries

2020 St. Andrews Prize Opens for Entries

Deadline: 21 June 2019
Open to: people from all backgrounds around the world – individuals, multi-disciplinary teams or community groups
Award: prize of USD 100,000 USD for the winner and the runner(s)-up will receive 25,000 USD

Description

THE UNIVERSITY OF ST ANDREWS AND INDEPENDENT EXPLORATION AND PRODUCTION COMPANY CONOCOPHILLIPS ANNOUNCE THE CALL FOR ENTRIES FOR THE ST ANDREWS PRIZE FOR THE ENVIRONMENT 2020.

The primary objective of the Prize is to find innovative solutions to environmental challenges across the world. The solutions should be practical, scalable and able to be replicated in other places, combining good science, economic reality and political acceptability. The Prize offers people from all backgrounds around the world the chance to help transform their environmental ideas into reality and provides a network of connections and support.

The 2019 winner of the St Andrews Prize for the Environment was Saathi, India. The project produces eco-friendly, 100% biodegradable and compostable sanitary pads in the state of Gujarat.

Saathi has developed a sanitary product that is biodegradable and compostable, using the agricultural waste from banana tree farmers as a raw material. The Saathi pads enable girls and women in rural Jharkhand to have access to clean, biodegradable menstruation products. http://www.saathipads.com

The St Andrews Prize for the Environment is a joint environmental initiative by the University of St Andrews in Scotland, which attracts scholars of international repute and carries out world-class teaching and research, and independent exploration and production company ConocoPhillips.

Recognising significant contributions to environmental conservation, since its launch in 1998, the Prize has attracted more than 5,600 entries from around the world and donated more than $2 million USD to environmental initiatives on a wide range of topics including biodiversity, sustainable development, urban regeneration, recycling, health, water and waste, renewable energy and community development. Submissions for the Prize are screened by representatives from the University of St Andrews and ConocoPhillips before being assessed by a panel of Trustees representing science, industry and sustainable development.

Finalists will be asked to attend a seminar at the University of St Andrews in February 2020. Following the presentation of their projects in English to the Trustees and invited delegates at the seminar, the winner will be selected and announced.

Eligibility

Applications are invited from individuals, multi-disciplinary teams or community groups for this annual prize. To enter the Prize the project must meet our strict entry criteria. Please review the below statements and use the checkboxes to confirm the project you are submitting is eligible.

If the project meets ALL the entry criteria, you will be able to proceed to the next stage where you can complete the online entry form.

MAKE SURE THE PROJECT:

    • Is related to sustainable development and aligned with the UN Goals for Sustainable Development.
      (Find out more about the UN Goals for Sustainable Development)
    • Is related to community progress allied with smart and innovative development and use of the earth’s environmental resources from air, land, and sea.
    • Is replicable from one geographic area to another and ideally be scalable in size.
    • Has a clearly defined need for funding that will make a step change to the project’s aims.
    • Has the ability to inspire others in the field.
    • Contributes to the global pursuit of sustainability in the short to long-term
  • Is not focused on a special interest group or is exclusive of particular groups in society.
  • Is not a major infrastructure project e.g. construction of a building.
  • Is not a regular/annual event that is not connected to a new initiative.
  • Is not related to political activities, lobbying or religious groups.
  • Is not a project that is designed purely for fundraising purposes.
  • Is not a research project.

Award

Prize of 100,000 USD for the winner and the runner(s)-up will receive 25,000 USD

How to apply?

In order to apply, please fill the application form.

For more information, please visit the official web page.

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