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Could your project win part of the USD 5.9million awarded by Zayed Sustainability Prize?

24 April 2024

CBASS jointly organised a live webinar with ERM and the Zayed Sustainability Prize today to introduce the prize with the aim of increasing qualified projects applying for the USD 5.9 million fund. Deadline for submission is 23 June 2024.

The Zayed Sustainability Prize has positively impacted the lives of over 378 million people in 151 countries for over 15 years. Recognising and rewarding organisations that are delivering innovative sustainable solutions across the world. The Prize has a USD 5.9 million fund aimed at helping winners scale their solutions. Notable figures in the jury include Mr. Richard Branson (Founder of Virgin Group), Mr. Wang Chuan Fu (CEO of BYD), Dr Andreas Jacob (Chairman of INSEAD), among others. (

We were joined by Ms. Suzy Giles and Ms. Jakeline Ardon from ERM who introduced the prize and its objectives as well as clarified on the key criteria for each category. ERM is a global sustainability consultancy who has been selected to support the Prize in its outreach to potential applicants.

Attendees could ask questions to quickly check if their project qualifies, clarify on categories and how to go about applying. Examples of past winners of the prize were also shared during the session to help attendees better understand types of projects are of interest to the prize. Read more about past winners at:

Some key highlights from the information shared:

  • The prize award for categories applicable to businesses is not intended for startups and pilots that are only at ideation or prototyping phase. The projects submitted need to have solutions that are commercially available and adopted in the market.

  • If there are multiple categories you could apply for, choose only ONE where you can demonstrate your biggest impact. Applicants will need to evidence their impact.

  • Applicants will also need to have a detailed plan of how the prize money will be used to increase the intended impact.

  • You can download the application forms for each category in advance to help decide which category best suites you application.

For more details about the prize criteria, download this FAQ document.

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Missed the webinar?

Access this session's webinar presentation deck and recording here.



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