The St. Andrews Prize for the Environment

Deadline: 31 October 2012
Open to: Individuals, multi-disciplinary teams or community groups able to make significant contributions to environmental conservation
Prize: The Prize for the winner consists of an award of USD$100,000 and a medal. Additional awards of USD$25,000 are given to the runners-up


The St Andrews Prize for the Environment is an initiative by the University of St Andrews in Scotland and the international integrated energy company, ConocoPhillips.

The Prize recognises significant contributions to environmental conservation and since its launch in 1998 has attracted entries from more than 50 countries each year on diverse topics including;

  • sustainable development in the Amazon rainforest
  • urban regeneration
  • recycling
  • health and water issues
  • renewable energy

Topics covered by previous winners and finalists include urban regeneration, by-products from waste, health and water issues, agriculture and renewable energy. Here are some examples of the type of topics you might choose to focus on:

  1. Food supply – How can we make agricultural practices meet the needs of a growing population while safeguarding and improving the environment and the natural capital (water, soils etc.)?
  2. Community regeneration – In thinking globally and acting locally what could make a community environment a better place to live and work and how might this heighten broader environmental awareness?
  3. Communication and education – What practical and original ideas will get more people interested and involved in the environmental debate?
  4. Waste and recycling – What are some original and practical ideas for limiting the generation of waste?
  5. Environmental justice – How can environmental issues be tackled to show that these concerns are not a luxury for developing countries, but an everyday reality for most poor communities?
Applications are invited from individuals, multi-disciplinary teams or community groups.


An important aim of the St Andrews Prize for the Environment is to provide seed-funding to help promote implementation of innovative environmental ideas and solutions. The Prize consists of an award of USD$100,000 and a medal. Additional awards of USD$25,000 are given to the runners-up. Entries for the prize should be practical and combine good science, economic reality and political acceptability. They should also have the potential for wider application. In most circumstances, they should not already have received widespread recognition, but applications will be judged on their merit. The St Andrews Prize network is available to provide other connections and support.

Application Process

The 2013 prize opened on 1 August, if you would like to enter, please submit a single page project summary of no more than 500 words by 31 October 2012. The initial summary should be typed on a single sheet of normal business paper (known as A4 in Europe and Quarto in the USA). Long entries may be discarded. Submissions in PDF format only please.

Submissions should be sent to the St Andrews mailing address (see the Contacts) or by email to [email protected] The contest includes second submission round and finalists round. You can check the details HERE.

The official website

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