The Water Observatory of the Botín Foundation awards three prizes to recognize innovation, dissemination of ideas, projects and technologies that have proven to contribute to sustainable water management.
The call is open to young researchers, technologists, social entrepreneurs, activists and journalists who have contributed to the sustainable management of water.
Any person under 40 of any nationality, as an individual or on behalf of a team, is eligible. Age limit does not apply to Category 3 below.
Deadline for submissions is July 31st, 2019.
Category A. Models of Management and Technology that contribute to sustainable water management in OECD countries. Submissions in this category include projects, ideas or technologies that have proven to be able to improve water management.
Category B. Models of Management and Technology that contribute to sustainable water management, es¬pecially targeted to provide water services to vul¬nerable populations. Submissions in this category in¬clude projects, ideas or technologies that have proven to be able to improve water management with tangible benefits to vulnerable people and communities.
Category C. Educational project or activity. Educational centres, schools, public or private institutions and individuals can apply with projects that contribute to teach and make young children and teenagers aware of different aspects of water resources and/or of the importance of sustainable water management.
The prize for each Category is a cash payment of 1,500€ (including taxes). If the candidacy is collective, the prize will be shared among the team members.
Any person born after January 1st 1979 may apply to Categories A and B. There is no age limit for Category C candidates, as long as the initiative or project is addressed to children and teenagers at schooling age.
The prize is addressed to a person in Categories A and B. The prize winning achievement may have been developed and applied with the support of private orpublic institutions, or through personal initiative.
In Category C the prize may be personal or, if the initiative or project is institutional, supported by a publicor private institution (schooling centre, NGO, …), then the prize will be awarded to the institution.
If the initiative or project is the result of teamwork, it may be submitted collectively if all the members take part of the candidacy and comply with the age limits defined in paragraph 3. In this case, one of the team members should be designated the representative of the team, and the candidacy should be endorsed and signed by all the team members. If a collective candidacy wins a prize, it will be awarded collectively to the team and all the team members will be mentionedin the prize.
The prize each Category is a cash payment of € 1,500 (including taxes). If a candidacy is collective, the prize will be distributed among the team members.
If the initiative or project has been developed within the context or as part of a specific initiative or organization, the candidacy must be endorsed by the person legally responsible of that initiative or organisation.
Candidacies must be submitted online. The candidate should upload the required information in the website of the Botín Foundation, through this link. The candidate should be the author of the project in case of individual initiative, or the representative in case of collective work. In the case of an institutional project, foreseen in Modality C, the candidate should be the project’s director or similar.
The candidate should upload the following information to the website. All documents will be sent in acompressed folder in zip format:
- Written report (in Word or pdf format) of less than 1000 words in English or Spanish, explaining the nature of the proposal, added values and innovation, and the results accomplished.
- Optionally, additional information on the project (in any format) that the candidate considers relevant to support and justify the candidacy. In case the candidacy wishes to use a link to a website, there will be a “web links” section in the form to be filled out.
- A written declaration in which the candidate claims the authorship of the proposal, indicating the names of other members of the team or collaborators, from whom the candidate must obtain their written approval to present his/her project (please accompany the authorisations if this applies).
- Written endorsement of the legal representative of the organisation within which the project has been developed (in case it applies).
- The Botín Foundation will not publish any uploaded information, and will remove it from its archives once the prize has been awarded and the winning ideas and projects have been presented publically.
- On September 20th 2019, the Botín Foundation will announce the names of the three winners.
The Botín Foundation shall bear the travelling costs of the winning candidates to attend the project presentations day in Madrid (Spain).
The day-event will be held in the headquarters of the Botín Foundation in Madrid, Spain, in a date that will be announced in due time at the website.
The jury will be composed of five persons, appointed by the Botín Foundation.
The decision of the jury is final and not appealable.