2019 GCSP Prize for Innovation in Global Security
Deadline: September 26, 2019.
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.
he 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. A broad range of projects could qualify for consideration, including, but not limited to, technological and conceptual innovations, original research or grassroots initiatives.
1. 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
2. No more than one application per applicant is allowed.
3. 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 grassroot initiatives.
4. The prize is intended to encourage and recognise excellence in contributing to
new approaches to enhancing sustainable global security.
5. The prize is awarded by the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP), as part
of its Programme for Geopolitics and Global Futures, under the Creativity and
6. Employees and staff of the GCSP, as well as their family members are not
1. The prize is CHF 10’000 in cash, and no equivalent or alternative will be
2. 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 paid
by the GCSP.
3. Travel includes, where applicable, standard or economy-class
round-trip air travel to Geneva from the nearest international airport, and
overnight accommodation. This applies to the winner, or a representative of
the winning individual or group.
4. Travel will be organised and paid for by the
organisers in coordination with the winner, who agrees to provide the relevant
personal details necessary for organising such travel. Visa support will be
provided if needed
1. Applications must be submitted via the online application form in order to be
considered for the prize, and shall include:
a. a project abstract of 250 words maximum;
b. 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
c. up to five image files (optional).