GCSP Prize for Transformative Futures in Peace and Security
GCSP Prize for Transformative Futures in Peace and Security
Under the leadership of Ambassador Thomas Greminger, Executive Director of the GCSP, the Prize for Transformative Futures in Peace and Security was initiated by Professor Nayef Al-Rodhan, Director of the Geopolitics and Global Futures Department, and Ms Anne-Caroline Pissis Martel, Director of the Global Fellowship Initiative and Creative Spark. It seeks to reward groundbreaking concepts that offer exceptional promise in addressing peace and security challenges. The inaugural edition of the prize was awarded in 2023.
Applications may come from any country, but the potential impact of the concepts submitted should extend beyond national borders in their scope or thinking. Concepts from a wide variety of fields may be eligible for consideration, including, but not restricted to, transformative technologies, pandemics, biothreats, autonomous weapons, climate change, human rights, cybersecurity, education, or disarmament, for example.
The winners (first, second and third place) will be announced publicly during an event to be held in May 2024. The prize for the application coming in the first position is a fully funded 2-month incubation programme within the GCSP’s Creative Spark in Geneva (worth CHF 15’000) and a certificate of excellence. The two other finalist applications will receive a certificate of recognition.Rules and Regulations for the 2024 GCSP Prize for
Transformative Futures in Peace and SecurityThe prize is awarded for groundbreaking concepts by any individual, group of individuals, or organisation (from private or public sectors), that offer exceptional potential in addressing peace and security challenges.
Applications may come from any country, but the potential impact of the concept should go beyond national borders in its reach or thinking and seek to address global peace and security challenges in innovative and creative ways.
The prize is intended to encourage and recognize excellence in contributing to new approaches to enhancing sustainable global peace
The prize is awarded by the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP), as part of its Geopolitics and Global Futures Programme Department and its
Creative Spark Incubator, under the Creativity and Innovation Initiative.
Employees, staff, current fellows and current participants of the GCSP, as well as their family members, are not eligible participants. For the
above categories to be eligible participants, a period of 1 year since the termination of the relationship with the GCSP must be respected.
Applications must be submitted via the online application form in order to be considered for the prize, and shall include:
A project concept abstract of 250 words maximum;
A well-developed project concept description which should not exceed 750 words in length;
A description of the technical process of the project concept submitted (if applicable);
An estimate of the budget required for the project concept;
An explanation of how the project concept provides a novel contribution to the field of global peace and security;
A description of the short-term and long-term impact of the project concept in the field of global peace and security;
Up to five image files (optional).
Applications submitted via any other channel will not be considered.
Applications must be in English.
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 international judges, which will be cochaired by the Executive Director of the GCSP and the Director of the Geopolitics and Global Futures Department, for their consideration.
The panel of
judges will select the winners (first, second and third place), and the selection will be based on the following criteria:
Dedication to sustainable global peace and security;
Potential impact on peace and security;
The GCSP reserves the right to disqualify any application from further consideration.
The winners (first, second and third place) will be notified immediately prior to the public announcement, using the means of contact provided upon application.
The winners (first, second and third place) will be announced publicly during an event to be held in May 2024.
The prize for the application coming in the first position is a fully funded 2-month incubation programme within GCSP’s Creative Spark in Geneva (worth 15’000 CHF, to be completed within a year of the award of the Prize) and a certificate of excellence. The two other finalist applications will receive a certificate of recognition. No equivalent or alternative will be provided.
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 concept with the goal of sustainable global peace and security.
If a winner is announced as one of the top three applications but is disqualified for any reason before receipt of the prize, the organisers may, at their sole discretion, declare another winner.
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 about the altered rules.
Entry implies acceptance of these rules, and all applicants agree to be bound by them upon submitting an application.
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 marketing communication, and if the applicant wishes to
Rules and Regulations
The GCSP will not pass on any personal details to any other organisation, with the sole exception of naming the winner(s) and publicising the winner(s) in accordance with these rules and regulations.
The winner(s) agree to have his/her/their name(s) published for promotion purposes along with a description of the winning project concept, and to be available for media requests, including photographs and interviews.
All decisions made by the organisers in relation to the Contest are final, and no correspondence concerning decisions will be entered into.
The organisers reserve the right to cancel the prize at any time.
The organisers are not liable for any damage, loss, or disappointment suffered by any person taking part or not being able to take part.
This competition is governed by Swiss law, and the place of jurisdiction is Geneva.
How to Apply
For more information and job application details, see; GCSP Prize for Transformative Futures in Peace and Security
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