The Zayed Future Energy Prize awards 5 categories:
The total Prize fund is US $4 million, distributed as such:
The Prize fund comes from the Abu Dhabi Government as a way to honour and continue the legacy of the late founding father of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Masdar, Abu Dhabi's renewable energy company, manages the Zayed Future Energy Prize. A dedicated team works on the Prize all year round.
The Prize criteria for all categories are: Innovation, Impact, Leadership and Long-Term Vision. To learn about the selection criteria specific to each category, please click here.
The previous winners and runners-up of the Zayed Future Energy Prize can be found here in the "Winners and Runners Up" section of our website.
All submissions go through our four tiered evaluation process:
The Zayed Future Energy Prize Awards ceremony takes place during the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week every January.
The awards ceremony will take place at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
For the Global High Schools category – we ask schools to submit proposals for funding consideration to implement sustainability measures in their schools. These measures could range from the implementation of technologies to the incorporation of curriculums. In response and as a commitment to the United Nations Secretary General's Year of Sustainable Energy for All - the Global High Schools prize, that aims to encourage innovation amongst youth in developed and developing nations alike, is open to educational institutions targeting high schools students from grades 9 and above.
Aside from the Global High Schools category; winners of the Zayed Future Energy Prize must demonstrate already existing impact, innovation, leadership and long-term vision. A proven track record is essential to the submission.
This award is a commitment of the UAE to the Sustainable Energy For All Initiative which has three objectives: doubling renewable energy, doubling energy efficiency and clean energy access. Therefore, the programme or project that the school is submitting for must be related to one or more of the objectives.
Interested entrants can submit using the online submissions portal. This can be accessed through the homepage of the Zayed Future Energy prize website. The basic steps are as follows:
Please note that a video tutorial explaining the process of using the online submissions form will also be available within the portal. This may also be accessed here.
There are no fees associated with completing a submission or nomination.
In order to ensure fair assessment; all submissions for the Zayed Future Energy Prize must be made through our online portal. Should you need any assistance in finalising your submission/nomination, please feel free to contact us at email@example.com or +971 2 653 6012.
The Prize only accepts entries completed in English.
Every year, the submissions/nominations deadline varies. Please visit our website for more information at www.ZayedFutureEnergyPrize.com
The submission and nomination deadlines are not extendable.
Yes. You will be able to save your application for later repeatedly until you feel confident enough to submit your entry.
Should you not be able to complete the submission form, the portal will allow you to save your responses so that you can return to it at a later date (as long as it is before the deadline). Simply log in using the credentials you used to set up your account. Changes cannot be made to a submission after clicking "submit".
All submissions receive feedback. However, should the submission not reflect one of the four criteria - the feedback will only reflect that the submission did not meet the minimum requirements.
Should any entrant require additional feedback; please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Any company/ individual/ high school can resubmit every year for the Prize. This does not, however, apply to the winners. Winners can only apply after every 5 years.
Candidates can only submit one entry per category for consideration.
As the different panel of judges are reviewing each submission, it is best to keep your attachment size as low as possible. A maximum of 5 attachments are allowed at a maximum file size of 7 MB per attachment.
Yes, videos can be included in the 'Attachments' section of the form.
All video formats will be accepted should you choose to include one in the attachments section.
Candidates for the Lifetime Achievement award will need to be nominated by a second party or themselves.
No. Candidates will only need to be nominated, no submission entry will be required. The due diligence will be conducted by our research and analysis partners.
The category that would be most applicable to a research organisation would be the Non-Profit Organisation (NPO/NGO) category.
The criteria of the Prize require a proven track record of Impact, Innovation, Leadership and Long-term Vision. If the emerging start-up fits these criteria then it would be most suited to apply in the Small & Medium Enterprise category.
No additional material will be accepted via email or airmail. All material relevant to your submission should be submitted through the online submission portal.
The response boxes in the form only accepts plain text. Therefore, candidates will be unable to include graphs and charts in these response boxes. However, there will be a separate attachment facility for you to upload your supporting documents such as graphs and charts. Please describe each attachment as an "Appendix" - i.e. Appendix A – Graphs and Charts. You may upload them as Word, PDF or JPG files.
The answer section only accepts plain text so please avoid using charts, tables and hyperlinks. Should this information be critical, kindly include this in a word document and attach it in the Attachments section of the submission form.
Please feel free to contact us at email@example.com or +971 2 653 6012.
Yes, financial information will have to be included. Every information submitted will be handled with the strictest of confidence and will only ever disclose such information to the panel of judges.
All entrants will receive a notification email upon submitting. This email will also contain a copy of your submission for your own record keeping purposes.
The Administration of the Zayed Future Energy Prize constantly monitors submissions. We are alerted to those that are complete and those that are incomplete. You will receive a reminder email to complete your submission as we approach the deadline.
Yes. The confirmation email you will receive after completing the online form will contain a copy of your submission.
Yes. You will be notified by email by the Prize administration. You will also receive an email explaining the discrepancies in the submission, should you not make the shortlist.
Please note that a public announcement of only the finalists of the shortlisted candidates can only be made following the meeting of the Jury of the Prize.
In order to ensure that every year we recognise individuals, organisations and high schools that need the encouragement to persevere – the Zayed Future Energy Prize awards a winner only once.
The Zayed Future Energy Prize has recently incorporated a new non-disclosure policy on announcing shortlisted candidates. The Prize will announce the shortlisted candidates only following the Jury meeting. At this time, should you or your entity be listed as one of our finalists then you are free to publicise this as well.
The judges will not visit or communicate directly with the candidates as part of their assessment. For this reason, it is imperative that all information critical to your submission be included in the entry form.
All finalists will be invited to attend the ceremony. All travel expenses and accommodation will be covered.
The winners of the Zayed Future Energy Prize are asked to sign a contract with Masdar detailing the relationship between the Prize and its winners.
The Prize fund should go towards the sustainability program or initiative described in the submission. Alternatively, dedicating the fund to new sustainability ideas is also possible.
For the Global High Schools category, the fund is to be used to implement the Proposal and satisfy the obligations (including any timing requirements) as set out in the Proposal.