The WRI Ross Center Prize for Cities, an initiative of the World Resources Institute and the Ross Center, has opened the submissions window for the 2020-21 Prize for Cities.
In 2019, the inaugural Prize for Cities was awarded to SARSAI, a program of the nonprofit Amend, for its impactful and replicable approach to creating safer journeys to school for children in Dar es Salaam and other African cities, putting children’s experience of cities at the heart of urban transformation. In 2019, a hundred and ninety-three project teams from around the world submitted applications, which the prize committee narrowed down to five finalists.
For the 2020-21 cycle, the Prize for Cities welcomes submissions on the theme of “Inclusive Cities for a Changing Climate,” with a focus on initiatives that address how we live and can thrive in a changing climate by tackling both the climate crisis and urban inequality.
An international evaluation team from across the WRI Ross Center network will select five finalists in October 2020, with the grand-prize winner to be selected by an independent jury of urban leaders and announced in April 2021 at an awards ceremony in New York City. Jury members include Sir David Adjaye, Martha Delgado, Lord Norman Foster, Frannie Léautier, Rahul Mehrotra, Sheela Patel, Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Steve Strongin, and Mark Watts. The prize is sponsored by jury chair Stephen M. Ross, founder of Related Companies and a WRI director.
The grand-prize winner will receive an award of $250,000, while the four runners-up will each receive $25,000.
To learn more about the prize competition, including application instructions and the application form, see WRI Ross Center Prize for Cities website.