TWAS-Samira Omar Innovation for Sustainability Prize 2018 (Award of $4,000)

TWAS-Samira Omar Innovation for Sustainability Prize 2018 (Award of $4,000)

Deadline: May 31, 2018

Applications are invited for the TWAS-Samira Omar Innovation for Sustainability Prize 2018. Our planet, and therefore our existence, faces several challenges: world population, food security, climate change, biodiversity loss, water scarcity/poor sanitation, energy resources. Sustainability involves considering the relationship between the finite resources of the planet and the way of life adopted by humans: in what way can our existence be maintained and at what level?

The “Innovation for Sustainability” Prize will reward scientists for their contribution in an area, albeit multidisciplinary, directly relevant to the science of sustainability. The thematic area for the 2018 prize is Plastic: Degradation, pollution and microplastics.


  • A cash award of USD 4,000 is presented to the prize winner.


  • Open to scientist living and working in an Least Developed Countries during the last two years immediately prior to his/her nomination, based on scientific achievements in the thematic area of Plastic: Degradation, pollution and microplastics;
  • There is no age limit for applicants.

Eligible Countries

Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Dem. Rep., Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Kiribati, Lao PDR, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Niger, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Yemen and Zambia


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