GCSP Prize for Innovation in Global Security

Deadline: 27 September 2018
Open to: any individual, or group of individuals, or organisation (from private or public sectors)
Award: a cash award of around EUR 8653.51, and all travel expenses for the winner to attend the award ceremony in Geneva


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 recognize deserving individuals or organizations 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 organization.

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 prize is awarded for a project by any individual, or group of individuals, or organization (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.

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 grassroots initiatives.


  • The prize is around EUR 8653.51 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 organized and paid for by the organizers in coordination with the winner, who agrees to provide the relevant personal details necessary for organizing such travel.
  • Visa support will be provided if needed.

How to apply?

In order to apply, please fill the application form.

For more information, please visit the official web page.