A. General Questions

1. What are the categories of the Prize?

The Zayed Future Energy Prize awards 5 categories:

  • Large Corporation
  • Small and Medium Enterprise (SME)
  • Non-Profit Organisation (NPO/NGO)
  • Lifetime Achievement Award (For an Individual)
  • Global High Schools (1 award for each of the below regions)
    • The Americas
    • Europe
    • Africa
    • Oceania
    • Asia
2. What is the Prize fund per category?

The total Prize fund is US $4 million, distributed as such:

  • Large Corporation – Recognition Award (No monetary value)
  • Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) – US$ 1.5 million
  • Non-Profit Organisation (NPO/NGO) – US$ 1.5 million
  • Lifetime Achievement Award (For an Individual) – US$ 500,000
  • Global High Schools – US$ 500,000 – Total value, divided amongst 5 Global High Schools in 5 different geographic regions, awarding each up to US$ 100,000
    • The Americas
    • Europe
    • Africa
    • Oceania
    • Asia
3. Where does the Zayed Future Energy Prize fund come from?

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.

4. What are the criteria of the prize?

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.

5. Who are your previous winners?

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.

6. How are the winners chosen?

All submissions go through our four tiered evaluation process:

  1. A reputed international Research & Analysis firm conducts due diligence on all submissions to ensure that they meet the criteria of the Zayed Future Energy Prize: Impact, Innovation, Leadership and Long-Term Vision.
  2. The Review Committee meets to evaluate and score the short-listed entries received following the due-diligence. 
  3. The Selection Committee reviews every entry and the final entries are sent to the Jury for final evaluation.
  4. Global High Schools Committee  reviews, assesses and score all entries received for the Global High Schools category and select the finalists
  5. The Jury meets in person to discuss the entries and select the winners per category. The final decision is unanimous and the winners will be announced during the Zayed Future Energy Prize Awards Ceremony taking place in Abu Dhabi during the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week.

B. About the Awards Ceremony

7. When does the Zayed Future Energy Prize awards ceremony take place?

The Zayed Future Energy Prize Awards ceremony takes place during the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week every January.

8. Where will the awards ceremony take place?

The awards ceremony will take place at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

C. Global High Schools Category

9. How is the Global High Schools category different from all the other categories?

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.

10. What do you mean when you say that the Global High Schools category must adhere to the principles of the Sustainable Energy For All Initiative?

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.

D. Questions on the Nomination/Submission Form

11. How do I apply?

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:

  1. Click on the "Submit for the Prize" tab in the center of the Homepage or click here to gain access to the submissions portal
  2. The portal will prompt you to create an account by entering a Username and Password. Please keep this on hand should you wish to save your submission and return to it at a later date to complete it.
  3. Answer the questions on the form and click on "Submit" if complete or "Save" if incomplete.
    1. If you clicked on "Submit", you will receive an automatic email confirming receipt of your submission and will include a copy of your responses for your record keeping purposes.
    2. If you clicked on "Save", please make sure to return to your submission to complete it at a date prior to the submission deadline.

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.

12. Should we be interested in submitting for the Prize, will we have to incur any participation fees?

There are no fees associated with completing a submission or nomination.

13. Apart from the Submission Portal, is there any other way that one can submit an entry for the Prize (ex. Email, Airmail)?

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 info@zayedfutureenergyprize.com or +971 2 653 6012.

14. Can I complete the submission form in any language other than English?

The Prize only accepts entries completed in English.

15. What is the submission/nomination deadline?

Every year, the submissions/nominations deadline varies. Please visit our website for more information at www.ZayedFutureEnergyPrize.com

16. Are the submission and nomination deadlines extendable?

The submission and nomination deadlines are not extendable.

17. Can I come back to my application at a later date and complete it after I’ve started it?

Yes. You will be able to save your application for later repeatedly until you feel confident enough to submit your entry.

18. Can I modify my application after “submitting” if it is prior to the deadline?

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".

19. Will I receive feedback on my submission if it does not go through?

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 info@zayedfutureenergyprize.com.

20. Can I resubmit for the Prize every year?

Any company/ individual/ high school can resubmit every year for the Prize. This does not, however, apply to the winners.

21. Can I apply to multiple Categories?

Candidates can only submit one entry per category for consideration.

22. What is the maximum file size that can be uploaded as attachments to a submission form?

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.

23. Can I include videos to complement my submission?

Yes, videos can be included in the 'Attachments' section of the form.

24. Are there specific video formats that you accept in the attachments section of the Submission form?

All video formats will be accepted should you choose to include one in the attachments section.

25. Can a Lifetime Achievement candidate submit for the prize without being nominated?

Candidates for the Lifetime Achievement award will need to be nominated by a second party or themselves.

26. Does a lifetime achievement candidate need to fill an entry?

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.

27. Which category would be most applicable to a research organisation?

The category that would be most applicable to a research organisation would be the Non-Profit Organisation (NPO/NGO) category.

28. Which category would be most applicable to a new start-up specialising in an emerging technology or service related to renewable energy/ sustainability?

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.

29. Can I send additional material that will compliment my submission via email?

No additional material will be accepted via email or airmail. All material relevant to your submission should be submitted through the online submission portal.

30. Do the response boxes in the submission form accept graphs and charts?

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.

31. Will hyperlinks work in the answer boxes of the Submission/Nomination forms?

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.

32. If I experience any difficulty in my entry who should I contact?

Please feel free to contact us at info@zayedfutureenergyprize.com or +971 2 653 6012.

33. Do I need to include financial information?

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.

E. Post-Submission

34. How will I be notified of receipt of my submission?

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.

35. Will I receive a copy of my submission?

Yes. The confirmation email you will receive after completing the online form will contain a copy of your submission.

36. Will I be notified if I have been shortlisted?

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.

37. Do you award the same winners twice?

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.

38. Can I publicise my status as a shortlisted candidate?

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.

39. Will the judges visit the candidates as part of their assessment?

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.

40. Will the Prize fly the finalists to Abu Dhabi for Awards Ceremony in January?

All finalists will be invited to attend the ceremony. All travel expenses and accommodation will be covered.  

41. What will I be expected to use the Prize fund for, should I win?

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.

42. Who can I contact should I have any inquiries or uncertainties?

For general support or inquiries on the submissions process, please contact at info@zayedfutureenergyprize.com or +971 2 653 0005. For any technical queries, please contact our tech support team at techsupport@zayedfutureenergyprize.com