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TED Prize

Prize to a USA, Canada, or International Individual for
an Innovative Idea to Positively Impact the World

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Prize to a USA, Canada, or International individual to support an innovative idea that will catalyze positive global change. The prize winner will receive a large budget and technical support in order to launch their idea. Nominations will be considered for individuals in any discipline, including activism, science, art, education, technology, and entrepreneurship. Ideal nominees are at a tipping point in their career.

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GrantWatch ID#: 180556

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While TED Prize winners will be given up to three years to fully realize their wish, a substantial portion of your idea should be achievable in a one-year period.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

TED Prize nominees can be anyone, including but not limited to activists, scientists, artists, educators, entrepreneurs, or technologists.

The ideal nominee is a visionary who thinks big, and a strong leader with the skills to make things happen.

There are no geographic restrictions on nominations.

Pre-Application Information:

Self nominations are accepted. You may also nominate a colleague, a mentor, a friend, or someone whose work you admire from afar, even if you’ve never met.

TED Prize nominations are considered year-round on a rolling basis. TED will actively consider about 100 nominees, and approximately 15 advance to the finalist round.

The TED Prize winner is selected from among the finalists by a panel of leading members of the TED community. The TED Prize team then works closely with the winner to help them create an execution plan for their wish and to present their idea in a compelling TED Talk at the annual conference.

TED is currently accepting nominations for the 2018 TED Prize. Submit your application by July 31, 2017, to be considered. Expect to hear from TED in late September on whether your application is still under active consideration.

Any applications received after the deadline will be considered for the following year's TED Prize.

The seasons of the TED Prize nomination calendar:
-Ongoing: Nominations are open; nominees are considered on a rolling basis
-Summer: Finalists are selected and asked to formulate their wishes
-Fall: A TED Prize winner is selected and revealed to the world
-Winter: The winner’s wish execution planning begins
-Spring: The TED Prize wish is launched in a talk at the annual TED Conference

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon


International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.