2020 GCSP Prize for Innovation in Global Security

Deadline: 24 September 2020
Open to: individuals or organisations across all relevant disciplines and fields that are interested in innovative approaches to addressing international security challenges
Benefits: the finalist for this contest will receive around EUR 9360 and a certificate of excellence from the Geneva Centre for Security Policy and Geopolitics and Global Futures Programme


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 recognise deserving individuals or organisations that have an innovative approach to addressing international security challenges.
The topics for these challenges include: emerging strategic technologies (artificial intelligence and run-away technologies, synthetic biology, human enhancement, human destiny and their implications for geopolitics, security, civil liberties), outer space (pace security, space weaponisation, space debris, astrobiology and their role in the future of humanity), new international relations paradigm (neo-statecraft, meta-geopolitics, symbiotic realism, multi-sum security, and sustainable national and global governance), neuroscience and international relations (emotionality of states, identities, neurophilosophy, inequality, human nature, universal axiology, and human dignity), and the five dimensions of global security (human, national, transnational, environmental and transcultural security).


Applications may come from any country, across different fields, but the projects should go beyond national borders in their 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 grassroot initiatives.

 All applications must be submitted in English.


A panel of GCSP experts and  a panel of judges will evaluate and choose top three applicants; the finalist will receive CHF 10’000 (around EUR 9360) and a certificate of excellence, and the second and third place winners will receive a certificate of excellence and recognition for their work. The prize is awarded by the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP), as part of its Programme for Geopolitics and Global Futures, under the Creativity and Innovation Initiative.

How to apply?

For more information on the application process, please visit the official website.