Apply for the Google Global Impact Award of £500,000

Deadline: April 17, 2013

Are you a British non-profit? Do you have a technology-based project that has the potential to change society on a large scale? If yes, Google is inviting you to tell them  how you would use innovation to tackle the world’s toughest problems and transform lives.

Evaluation Criteria

Applicants are invited to submit technology-based projects that can change the world. Projects will be reviewed based on three criteria:

  1. How you will use technology and innovation to make the world a better place. Is it creative and data-driven? Google is looking for projects that use technology to solve a specific social issue on a grand scale.
  2. How you will implement the Global Impact Award. Is the project feasible and realistic? Is it rooted in research that identifies the size of the problem and how the proposed idea will help solve it? Does the roadmap explain what challenges might stand in the way and how they will be overcome?
  3. How your team will execute your plan immediately and successfully.
  4. Is your team poised for success? Do you have partners and collaborators? Does your team have a strong track record?


*Applicants must be a registered charity in the UK.


Google will announce the finalists in May 2013. The public can then vote for their favourite projects. Each finalist will pitch its concept in early June to a panel of judges including Sir Richard Branson, Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Jilly Forster.


Four winners, including the organisation with the most public votes, will each receive:

  • a £500,000 Global Impact Award
  • technical assistance from Googlers to help make their project a reality.

Note: Read the FAQ to learn more about the Challenge criteria and evaluation process. Review the Rules carefully before submitting your application.

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