UNESCO-Equatorial Guinea International Prize 2020 for Research in the Life Sciences (up to USD $350,000)

UNESCO-Equatorial Guinea International Prize 2020 for Research in the Life Sciences (up to USD $350,000)

Deadline: March 31, 2021

Applications for the UNESCO-Equatorial Guinea International Prize 2020 for Research in the Life Sciences are now open. The Prize for Research in the Life Sciences rewards significant efforts of individuals or institutions through scientific research towards improving the quality of human life.

Life sciences hold the key to a better future, as they contribute to poverty eradication, improved health, food and water security. The core objectives of the Prize is to encourage research, enhance collaboration amongst researchers and reinforce networks of centers of excellence in the life sciences towards these goals.

The Prize, funded by the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, is given annually to a maximum of three laureates. The Prize was established by UNESCO’s Executive Board, to support the achievement 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as well as UNESCO’s global priorities included in the Medium-term Strategy 2014-2021.


  • Winners receive a monetary award of USD $350,000, divided equally among laureates, to help further their research, together with a certificate and the “Integracion Tribal” statuette by Equatorial Guinean artist Leandro Mbomio.


Open to individual(s) or institutions endorsed by:

  • Either Member States in consultation with their National Commissions; or
  • Non-governmental organizations in official partnership with UNESCO active in a field covered by the Prize.

Each can endorse up to 5 candidates no later than the deadline set each year. Self-nominations will not be considered.


Candidates must register online. After registration, candidates will receive a temporary password to access and complete an online form in English or French.

Application form includes:

  • Background Information;
  • Outline of the candidate’s contribution to the Prize’s objectives;
  • Summary of the work/research;
  • List of Publications.

All supporting material (e.g. publications, photos, videos) must be transmitted electronically through the online system.

Once complete, applications may be submitted in two ways:

  • Candidates invited to apply by a NGO can upload proof of their endorsement and submit to the UNESCO Secretariat.
  • Candidates can submit their application to a National Commission through the online process.

The UNESCO Secretariat receives only applications that have been officially endorsed. The candidate should make all efforts to ensure endorsement with the relevant National Commission.

Click here to register

For more information, visit UNESCO.