Deadline: September 27, 2017 | Apply here
A project by any individual, or group of individuals, which contributes to global security
Prize: Cash award of CHF 10’000,-
Location: The prize will be awarded to the winner at a Ceremony in Geneva, Switzerland

GCSP Prize for Innovation in Global Security 2017

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 prize is designed to reach across all relevant disciplines and fields. It seeks to reward the most inspiring, innovative and ground-breaking contribution of the year, whether this comes in the form of an initiative, invention, research publication, or organisation.

The Prize

The prize consists of a cash award of CHF 10’000. The prize will be awarded to the winner at a Ceremony in Geneva. In addition to the Prize, all travel to and attendance at the Ceremony will be covered by the GCSP. Visa support will be provided if needed.

The 2nd GCSP Prize for Innovation in Global Security was awarded on 17 November 2016 to eyeWitness to atrocities, a mobile app that provides human rights defenders, documenters, journalists, and ordinary citizens with the ability to capture verifiable videos and photos of international authorities.


  • The prize is awarded for a project by any individual, or group of individuals, or
    organisation (from private or public sectors), which contributes to global security, and has been submitted for consideration according to these rules and regulations. No more than one application per applicant is allowed.
  • Applications may come from any country, but the project should go beyond national borders in its 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 grassroots initiatives.
  • The prize is intended to encourage and recognise excellence in contributing to new approaches to enhancing sustainable global security.

Application process

Applications must be submitted via the online application form in order to be considered for the prize, and shall include:

  • a project abstract of 250 words maximum;
  • a well-developed project description which should not exceed 1,000 words in length. The application should include a description of the initiative or project, an explanation of the concept’s significance in the context of global security and our collective global future, and should clearly demonstrate how the idea provides a novel contribution to this field;
  • up to five image files (optional).
  • Applications submitted via any other channel will not be considered.
  • Applications must be in English.

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