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Indianapolis Prize

Awards to USA, Canada, and International Individuals for
Significant Achievements in Wildlife Conservation

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Awards to USA, Canada, and International individuals for noteworthy contributions to the field of animal conservation. This award program is intended to recognize and reward conservationists who have promoted the sustainability of an animal species or group of species with significant long-term scientific impact.

The Indianapolis Prize recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the sustainability of an animal species or group of species. A prize of $250,000 is awarded to an animal conservationist who has achieved major victories in this area. The Prize also awards five finalists with $10,000 each. Granted biennially, this award draws attention to the important work of animal conservationists protecting species and creating successful conservation methods that ensure future generations will live in a flourishing and sustainable world. This program and award represents the vitality and commitment of the Indianapolis community’s dedication to make a difference to the natural world. In its decade of outreach, the Prize has brought conservation into the public conversation.

Past nominees have shared their accounts describing how they protected animals large and small, discovered new species and brought populations back from the very brink of extinction.

To be nominated, applicants must have accomplished an individual achievement or series of achievements that have resulted in a demonstrable positive impact on an animal species or group of species that is likely to improve long-term sustainability. The impact of achievements under consideration must be clearly recognizable when evaluated by the Nominating Committee and Jury.

The Nominating Committee and the Jury utilize the following criteria to give thorough consideration to the nominee’s scientific impact and sustainable conservation methods:

- The challenges overcome by the nominee in the pursuit of his or her achievement.
- The significance of an achievement or achievements in the conservation of an animal species or multiple species;
- The measurable outcomes resulting from the Nominee’s work;
- The quality of science involved;
- The number of years the individual has dedicated to the aspect of conservation work under evaluation; length of career is not the primary criterion.
- The unselfish dedication to conservation work that the individual has shown throughout his or her career;
- The spirit of cooperation the individual has demonstrated with zoological and other like-minded conservation institutions/organizations, especially those not directly affiliated with any organization for which the Nominee works.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176761

Number of Grants:

1 winner, 5 finalists

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Indianapolis Prize awards $250,000 to one winner and also awards five finalists with $10,000 each.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nominations are open to anyone with knowledge of an individual (not a program or organization) whose work has had a great impact upon a species or group of species that can be measured over time. Their work must demonstrate that the improvement in long-term sustainability was the result of direct and specific actions of the applicant.

- Applicants must be individual living persons, not an organization, program or group of individuals.
- Applicants must agree that, if selected as a Winner or Finalist, they will reasonably assist in the obtaining of necessary permissions to use materials reflective of their work on Indianapolis Zoo grounds, and will assist as necessary in the production of media and materials required to present a synopsis of their work at the Indianapolis Prize Gala.
- Applicants may not be employees, Board Members, or volunteer staff of the Indianapolis Zoological Society, Inc. Immediate family members or significant others of the Nominating Committee, Jury, Indianapolis Zoological Society employees, Board Members, and volunteer staff are also ineligible.

Pre-Application Information:

Nominations are open for the 2020 Indianapolis Prize until February 28, 2019.

Nominating an individual is simple and includes a 500-word narrative about the individual along with two to four letters of support. All applications will be reviewed for appropriateness and completeness. A staff member will then contact the applicant and request additional documentation and materials.

In closed deliberation, the Nomination Committee members have roughly three months to thoughtfully review the materials and determine the six individuals who will advance to the level of finalist. Once chosen, the Jury then analyzes the six finalists' work, in a second closed deliberation spanning three months, to select the award recipient.

About the Indianapolis Prize:

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Indianapolis Prize
1200 West Washington St.
Indianapolis, IN 46222

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