Zayed Sustainability Prize 2020

Awarding the pioneers of global sustainability


May 21
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Fiji, Kiribati, Micronesia (Federated States of), Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Africa, Americas, Antarctica Region, Asia, Europe, Australia and New Zealand
Agribusiness, Clean technology and energy, Food production, Healthcare, Water, sanitation and hygiene


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 recognizes 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.

The world’s sustainability pioneers are working on the frontlines to address the global pandemic and tackle the world’s biggest challenges across the areas of Health, Food, Energy, and Water.
The Zayed Sustainability Prize is searching for pioneers who are playing a dynamic role in transforming communities and impacting lives through inspiring innovative solutions.

Rooted in the belief that sustainability is a shared responsibility, #FindThePioneer invites you, the public, to take part in the Zayed Sustainability Prize by nominating potential candidates and encouraging them to apply*.

Nominees for the Health, Food, Energy, and Water categories must be small-to-medium-sized enterprises or non-profit organizations that have an existing sustainability solution with demonstrable impact. Nominees for the Global High School category must be high schools with a student-led project proposal in any of the four sustainability areas. Make your nomination by May 21st, 2020.

*Once nominated, pioneers will need to submit their entry for the Prize via the application portal, so their solutions can be properly reviewed and assessed by our panel of judges within the three-tier evaluation process for the 2021 awards.

Categories and Eligibility

Find out the eligibility criteria and more details about each of the sector categories:

For each sector category, the fund holds a prize of USD 600,000

Zayed Sustainability Prize 2020

Zayed Sustainability Prize 2020