iF Social Impact Prize 2018

Deadline: 6 June 2018
Open to: companies, design studios, NGOs, foundations, public and other organizations
Award: EUR 50,000 prize money


New initiative – the iF SOCIAL IMPACT PRIZE – aims to publish and support projects that contribute to our society. The best projects will be honored with a total prize money of EUR 50,000.

You are welcome to submit all projects that contribute to solving the most urgent challenges of our time and help to improve conditions – your CSR projects or your active support for a specific aspect of society.


  • End poverty

Since 1990, extreme poverty rates have been cut by 50%. But one in five people in developing regions still live on less than USD 1.90 a day.

  • End hunger

It is time to rethink how we grow, share and consume our food if we are to nourish today’s 795 million hungry people.

  • Healthy lives

Sustainable development depends on ensuring healthy lives. More efforts are needed to increase life expectancy.

  • Quality education

Basic literacy skills have improved tremendously, yet bolder efforts are needed for achieving universal education goals.

  • Clean energy

The goal is universal access to modern energy services, improved efficiency and more renewable sources.

  • Gender equality

Equality for women and girls is not only a fundamental human right, it will fuel sustainable economies and benefit societies at large.

  • Economic growth

The creation of quality jobs will remain a major challenge for almost all economies well into the future.

  • Water and sanitation

Due to poor infrastructure, millions of people die from diseases associated with inadequate water supply, sanitation and hygiene.

  • Sustainable consumption

Responsible consumption and production aims at “doing more and better with less,” resource and energy efficiency and access to a better quality of life for all.

  • Sustainable cities and communities

Cities enable people to advance socially and economically, but some cities face congestion, a shortage of adequate housing and declining infrastructure.

  • Resilient infrastructure

Without technology and innovation, industrialization will not happen, and without industrialization, development will not happen.

  • Reduce inequality everywhere

To reduce inequality, policies should be universal in paying attention to the needs of disadvantaged and marginalized populations.

  • Life on land

Forest cover 30% of the Earth’s surface and are key to combating climate change, protecting biodiversity and the homes of the indigenous population.

  • Climate action

Climate change is now affecting every country on every continent, disrupting national economies and affecting lives.

  • Life below water

Careful management of this essential global resource is a key feature of a sustainable future.


  • Companies, design studios, NGOs, foundations, public and other organizations are welcome to submit;
  • Student concepts cannot be accepted.


The prize money of EUR 50,000 will be donated by iF. It can be awarded to one or split between several projects.

Benefits – what do you get?

If you apply for the iF SOCIAL IMPACT PRIZE, you can benefit from advantages which help to boost your project:

  • Your application is free of charge;
  • Your project will be permanently published in the iF WOLRD DESIGN GUIDE;
  • Your project will be introduced to a global design community, media and the design-interested public;
  • You can win a share of EUR 50,000 in prize money;
  • You can update your project with latest videos, photos or news.

How to Apply?

You entry your project here.

Please upload 1 or 2 images which meet the following criteria:

  • File format: JPG;
  • File size: max. 5 MB;
  • Image size: max. 15 megapixel (the shortest side should have min. 1536 pixel);
  • Image format: Landscape;
  • Color mode: RGB;

In addition, please enter:

  • Project description (text of 650 characters at maximum);
  • PDF file (required);
  • Project link (required);
  • Project video (optional);

For more information visit the official website.