UNESCO-Equatorial Guinea International Prize for Research in the Life Sciences has been launched to reward significant efforts of individuals or institutions through scientific research towards improving the quality of human life.
The purpose of the prize is to reward projects and activities of an individual, individuals, institutions, or non-governmental organizations working in the life sciences leading to improving the quality of human life.
The objective of the Prize are in conformity with UNESCO’s policies and are line with the central function of UNESCO’s Major Programme II: to encourage research and the setting up and further development of networks of centres of excellence in the life sciences contributing to improving the quality of human life.
Life sciences hold the key to a better future, as they contribute to poverty eradication, improved health, food and water security. The core objectives of the Prize is to encourage research, enhance collaboration amongst researchers and reinforce networks of centers of excellence in the life sciences towards these goals.
- The Prize, funded by the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, is given annually to a maximum of three laureates. They receive a monetary award of USD 350,000, divided equally among laureates, to help further their research, together with a certificate and the “Integracion Tribal” statuette by Equatorial Guinean artist Leandro Mbomio.
Who can Apply?
Individual(s) or Institutions endorsed by:
- Either Member States in consultation with their National Commissions; or
- Non-governmental organizations in official partnership with UNESCO active in a field covered by the Prize.
How to Apply?
- Candidates must register online.
- After registration, candidates will receive a temporary password to access and complete an online form in English or French. Application form includes:
- Background Information;
- Outline of the candidate’s contribution to the Prize’s objectives;
- Summary of the work/research;
- List of Publications.
- All supporting material (e.g. publications, photos, videos) must be transmitted electronically through the online system. Once complete, applications may be submitted in two ways:
- Candidates invited to apply by a NGO can upload proof of their endorsement and submit to the UNESCO Secretariat.
- Candidates can submit their application to a National Commission through the online process.
- The UNESCO Secretariat receives only applications that have been officially endorsed. The candidate should make all efforts to ensure endorsement with the relevant National Commission.
- The Secretariat reviews all applications received before the deadline and transmits the eligible applications to the International Jury of the Prize.
- The International Jury meets in Paris, France to assess the applications.
- The Director-General selects the winners based on the recommendation of the International Jury.
- The Prize is awarded to the winner(s) during an official ceremony organized by UNESCO.
Note: Each can endorse up to 5 candidates no later than the deadline set each year. Self-nominations will not be considered.
For more information, visit https://en.unesco.org/stem/lifesciences-prize