Reed Elsevier Environmental Challenge: Enter!

Deadline: April 15, 2013

Applications are invited for The Reed Elsevier Environmental Challenge. The Challenge is awarded to the two projects that best demonstrate how they can provide sustainable access to safe water where it is presently at risk and/or access to improved sanitation.

Reed Elsevier is a global provider of world-class information and tools that aid advancement in science, improve medical outcomes, enable better legal decisions, evaluate risk, forge business relationships and gain business insight. All five business units of the company have a growing portfolio of products and services that advance environmental knowledge and understanding. They are committed to using their extensive networks and expertise to facilitate the exchange and dissemination of useful information about improving access to sustainable water supply.


  1. The Reed Elsevier Environmental Challenge is open to individuals or organisations operating in the not-for-profit and for-profit sectors.
  2. Projects must have clear practical applicability, address identified need, and advance related issues such as health, education, or human rights.
  3. Projects must advance sustainable access to safe water where it is presently at risk and/or access to improved sanitation, and include the following criteria:
  • Be replicable, scalable and sustainable. and set a benchmark for innovation
  • Have practical applicability
  • Address non-discrimination/equity of access
  • Involve and impact a range of stakeholders
  • Have local/community-level engagement
  • Early stage projects are preferred.


  • The winning project in the Reed Elsevier Environmental Challenge will receive a payment of $50,000 prize for the first place entry and a $25,000 prize for the second place entry.
  • All applicants will be offered access to relevant Reed Elsevier products that can help in the preparation of their submissions. The winning projects will be highlighted in the Reed Elsevier journal Water Research.

Judging Criteria

Applications will be reviewed against the Reed Elsevier Environmental Challenge criteria by the Reed Elsevier Environmental Challenge advisory group, comprised of relevant internal and external water and sanitation specialists. Those in contention for the short list will be reviewed by an expert panel of external judges.

Note: Shortlisted candidates will be announced in May 2013 and will be given the opportunity to refine and elaborate on their proposals. Following interviews of shortlisted candidates, winners will be announced.

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