Roddenberry Prize 2020 for Changemakers and Social Entrepreneurs

Deadline: April 10, 2020

Applications are open for the Roddenberry Prize 2020. Launched in 2016, the $1M Roddenberry Prize is a global competition to crowdsource innovative solutions to issues that demand audacious, far-reaching, and scalable responses.

The Roddenberry Prize seeks to highlight extraordinary organizations and support their efforts towards greater impact; seek out creative approaches from diverse members of our global community; and inspire others to take innovative and creative approaches to global problems.

The Roddenberry Prize is a call for big, bold solutions from anyone, anywhere that address the challenges of an unpredictable and fast-changing global landscape. Four game-changing and innovative solutions will each receive $250,000 for their work in one of the following fields: Education, Science, Environment, and Humanity.


  • Four awardees will receive $250,000 each.
  • The top organizations in each issue area that are not awarded a prize will be recognized publicly as Finalists.


The Roddenberry Foundation welcomes Prize applications from individuals, non-profits, social enterprises, and B-corps who meet all of the following:

  • Individuals who are 18 years of age or older
  • Organizations or institutions with a budget of $10mil or less
  • Organizations whose work focuses on Education, Science, the Environment, or Humanity
  • Have submitted an application in English
  • Complete responses to all required application questions
  • Agree to all legal terms and conditions of the Prize grant program
  • Be able to legally receive grant funding

Selection Criteria

They are looking for a well-thought-out plan with clear goals, specific metrics, and measurable impact. They are also looking for solutions that are:

  • Innovative: Approaches or strategies that innovate on existing models — What makes this different from and better than other solutions? What are you building on?
  • Impactful: Solutions that have potential for outsized, tangible impact — What will you achieve? Will it affect a significant percentage of people?
  • Visionary: Solutions that are ambitious in terms of their potential for impact and growth — Is the scope of the vision “big and bold”?
  • And where the applicant has a Track Record: Applicant has demonstrated success and achieved tangible impact in a relevant field — Can you point to achieving goals? Do you have a deep understanding of the issues?


Click here to apply

For more information, visit Roddenberry Prize.


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