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The Keeling Curve Prize

Application Deadline: 02/10/2022

The Global Warming Mitigation Project is seeking applications for its Keeling Curve Prize to fund the best climate solutions the world has to offer.

Whether you are an entrepreneur/startup, a university research group, a non-profit or community leader or an intrapreneur at a large company or organization, they want to hear about the best initiatives to reduce emissions or increase uptake of greenhouse gases.

They award $25,000 to two projects in each category annually.
• Carbon Sinks (Natural & Engineered)
o Projects in this category are advancing technological and nature-based strategies for capturing and/or utilizing heat-trapping gases from the air or oceans.
• Energy
o Projects in this category decarbonize energy, support zero-carbon energy innovations, and lead the way in improving the supply, distribution, and access of low or zero-emissions energy systems worldwide.
• Finance
o Projects in this category are making financial mechanisms and economics work for greenhouse gas reduction and/or reversal ventures.
• Social & Cultural Pathways
o Projects in this category are changing the way people consider, understand, and act concerning human impacts on planet Earth. They are trying to answer the question: what does it take, socially and culturally, to develop beyond fossil fuels?
• Transport & Mobility
o Projects that apply in this category are reimagining and reinventing all types of vehicles, fuels, and mobility options for both people and products. These projects will confront the carbon footprint of the vehicles themselves and the routes traveled.


• The applicant pool for the prize will be capped at 500 entries.
• Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Due to the cap on applications, they encourage submitting your application as soon as possible after the application opens.
• Applications that are incomplete or that do not meet these requirements will not be considered.
• They welcome entries for active projects or programs from anywhere in the world.
• The Keeling Curve Prize is awarded for current programs and projects only. Applications centered on past work, unimplemented ideas or untested hypotheses will not be accepted.
• All applications must be submitted in English. Applications submitted in other languages will not be considered.
• Your project may align with more than one prize category. The application form requires that you designate a primary category for your application, but also allows you to list secondary categories for consideration. However, applicants are only eligible to win in one category in any given year.
• Applicants that have not received an award are welcome to apply in subsequent years.
• Previous prize winners may submit applications for new projects that are different from their previously awarded project and that utilize different methods and approaches to reduce or increase uptake of greenhouse gas emissions.
• Applications that do not attempt to quantify their emissions reductions or address the project’s functional and financial scalability will not be considered.


The Keeling Curve Prize, awards $250,000 annually to ten of these solutions.

Official Website: The Keeling Curve Prize



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