Geopolitics and Global Futures Programme Prize for Innovation in Global Security 2018


September 27, 2018


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In 2015, under the umbrella of its Creativity and Innovation Initiative, the GCSP and its Geopolitics and Global Futures Programme established a prize in order to recognise deserving individuals or organisations that have an innovative approach to addressing international security challenges.

The prize is designed to reach across all relevant disciplines and fields. It seeks to reward the most inspiring, innovative and ground-breaking contribution of the year, whether this comes in the form of an initiative, invention, research publication, or organisation.

The prize consists of a cash award of CHF 10’000. The prize will be awarded to the winner at a Ceremony in Geneva. In addition to the Prize, all travel to and attendance at the Ceremony will be paid by the GCSP.

The third GCSP Prize for Innovation in Global Security was awarded on 23 November 2017 to EcoPeace Middle East for its Program on Water Security. Launched in 2017, this program scales up a very successful environmental peacebuilding model developed in the Middle East, to meet the urgent global need for cross-border cooperation to mitigate water conflict and manage shared freshwater ecosystems. Complementing government-to-government water diplomacy efforts, it seeks to establish relationships of cooperation and trust at the community, national and international levels, in order to increase resilience to climate-induced water stress and reduce the threat of conflict over shared water resources.

The deadline for applications is 27 September 2018 at 18:00 UTC+2. The winner will be announced in November 2018.

Rules and Regulations for the 2018 GCSP Prize for Innovation in Global Security

1. The prize is awarded for a project by any individual, or group of individuals, or organisation (from private or public sectors), which contributes to global security, and has been submitted for consideration according to these rules and regulations. No more than one application per applicant is allowed.

2. Applications may come from any country, but the project should go beyond national borders in its reach or thinking, and must seek to address global security in innovative ways or through new ideas. A broad range of projects could qualify for consideration, including, but not limited to, technological and conceptual innovations, original research or grassroot initiatives.

3. The prize is intended to encourage and recognise excellence in contributing to new approaches to enhancing sustainable global security.

4. The prize is awarded by the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP), as part of its Programme for Geopolitics and Global Futures, under the Creativity and Innovation Initiative.

5. Employees and staff of the GCSP, as well as their family members are not eligible participants.

6. Applications must be submitted via the online application form in order to be considered for the prize, and shall include: a. a project abstract of 250 words maximum; b. a well-developed project description which should not exceed 1,000 words in length. The application should include a description of the initiative or project, an explanation of the concept’s significance in the context of global security and our collective global future, and should clearly demonstrate how the idea provides a novel contribution to this field; c. up to five image files (optional).

7. Applications submitted via any other channel will not be considered.

8. Applications must be in English.

9. The deadline for applications is 27 September 2018 at 18:00 UTC+2, and the winner will be announced in November 2018.

10. A panel of independent GCSP experts will evaluate and attribute a score to each valid application received. The 15 best-graded applications will then be passed to a panel of judges, which will be co-chaired by the Director of the GCSP and the Head of the Geopolitics and Global Futures Programme, for their consideration. 

11. The winner will be selected by the panel of judges, and selection will be based on the following criteria: a. Dedication to sustainable global security b. Preservation of human dignity, security and justice c. Creativity d. Originality

12. The GCSP reserves the right to disqualify any application from further consideration.

13. The winner will be notified immediately prior to the public announcement, using the means of contact provided upon application.

14. The prize is CHF 10’000 in cash, and no equivalent or alternative will be provided. The prize will be awarded to the winner at a ceremony in Geneva. In addition to the prize, all travel to, and attendance at the ceremony will be paid by the GCSP. Travel includes, where applicable, standard or economy-class round-trip air travel to Geneva from the nearest international airport, and overnight accommodation. This applies to the winner, or a representative of the winning individual or group. Travel will be organised and paid for by the organisers in coordination with the winner, who agrees to provide the relevant personal details necessary for organising such travel. Visa support will be provided if needed.

15. The organisers reserve the right to oblige any potential winner to provide information such that the organisers might be satisfied with the rigour and integrity of the work, as well as the compliance of the project with the goal of Sustainable Global Security.

16. If a winner is announced, but is disqualified for any reason before receipt of the prize, the organisers may at their sole discretion declare another winner.

17. The organisers reserve the right to amend the rules and regulations. If the rules and regulations are amended, the organisers will contact those who have already submitted applications and update them with regard to the altered rules.

18. Entry implies acceptance of these rules, and all applicants agree to be bound by them upon submitting an application.

19. The organisers will keep personal details submitted with the application for a reasonable time so that contact can be taken up with potential winners, to verify that these rules have been complied with. An ‘opt out’ policy regulates the marketing communication, and if the applicant wishes to subsequently unsubscribe from receiving information they should contact the GCSP directly.

20. The GCSP will not pass on your personal details to any other organisation, with the sole exception of naming the winner(s) and publicising the winner in accordance with these rules and regulations.

21. The winner(s) agree to have his/her/their name(s) published for promotion purposesalong with a description of the winning project, and to be available for media requests including photographs and interviews.22. All decisions made by the organisers in relation to the Contest are final and no correspondence concerning decisions will be entered into.

23. The organisers reserve the right to cancel the prize at any time.

24. The organisers are not liable for any damage, loss or disappointment suffered by any person taking part or not being able to take part.

25. This competition is governed by Swiss law, and the place of jurisdiction is Geneva.

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Publish Date
July 12, 2018
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