The Roddenberry Prize seeks to highlight extraordinary organizations and support their efforts towards greater impact; seek out creative approaches from diverse members of our global community; and inspire others to take innovative and creative approaches to global problems.

Four awards of $250,000 will be granted to organizations working in the areas of Education, Environment, Science, or Humanity. In addition to the four $250,000 awardees, up to five organizations in each field will be recognized publicly as Prize Finalists.

Criteria for the Prize are innovativeness, potential for impact, vision, and track record.

Dates and Details

Prize Launch: March 4, 2020 Between March 4 and April 10, you are invited to learn about the Prize and complete the Round One application.
Round One Deadline: April 10, 2020 Complete registration and submit your application by 5:00 PM Pacific Daylight Time.
Round One review: April 13–May 8, 2020 The Roddenberry Foundation team reviews submissions to ensure they comply with Prize eligibility and rules, and a panel of vetters evaluates Round One applications using the scoring rubric.
Round Two opens: May 11, 2020 A select number of applications will be invited to submit application for Round Two of the Prize. Only those who are invited to Round Two will remain in consideration for the Prize. Invited applicants will have four weeks to submit their Round Two application.
Round Two deadline: June 5, 2020 Round Two applicants will have three weeks to submit their Round Two application. All Round Two applications are due by June 5, 2020, at 5:00 PM Pacific Daylight Time.
Round Two Evaluation: June 8- July 13, 2020 The Roddenberry Foundation team a panel of advisors evaluates applications using the scoring criteria.
Prize Announcement: August 2020 The 2020 Prize Awardees will be announced on this website, The Roddenberry Foundation website, social media, and via press release.


The Roddenberry Foundation welcomes Prize applications from individuals, non-profits, social enterprises, and B-corps who meet all of the following:

  • Individuals who are 18 years of age or older
  • Organizations or institutions with a budget of $10mil or less
    • ** Please note: given the extraordinary demands placed on communities worldwide because of COVID-19 the Foundation is lifting the $10mil organizational budget restriction. Organizations of any size may now apply.
  • Organizations whose primary focus of their work is either Education, Science, Environment, or Humanity
  • Submit an application in English
  • Include completed responses to all required application questions
  • Agree to all legal terms and conditions of the Prize grant program
  • Be able to legally receive grant funding

Questions & Answers


What are the Prize Awards?

Four awardees will receive $250,000 each. Awards will be announced in August 2020. The top organizations in each issue area that are not awarded a prize will be recognized publicly as Finalists.

Who can apply?

The Roddenberry Foundation sources ideas from all corners of the globe. Eligible candidates for the Prize may be individuals, teams of individuals, non-profit organizations, or social enterprises. To be eligible, all applicants must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Submit an application in English
  • Include completed responses to all required application questions
  • Agree to all legal terms and conditions of the Prize grant program
  • Be able to legally receive grant funding

How do I apply?

If you did not register for our new application system in 2019, or if you submitted an application in 2018 or earlier, you can create an account here.

If you did create an account, simply sign in here and click the “Apply” button on the right next to “Prize”.

There is no deadline for registration. Simply register and complete the application before the Round One deadline.

Can I apply if I am not a 501c3 or registered non-profit organization?

Yes, applicants can be individuals, for-profits, B-corps, or non-profits. But regardless of non-profit status, all granted funds must be designated for charitable purposes.

What are the key dates?

Here are important dates to keep in mind and please review the timeline for more details:

  • Prize Round One Opens - March 4, 2020
  • Prize Round One Deadline - April 10, 2020 by 5:00 PM Pacific Daylight Time
  • Prize Round Two Opens - May 11, 2020
  • Prize Round Two Deadline - June 5, 2020 by 5:00 PM Pacific Daylight Time
  • Prize Awardees Announced - August 2020


How long do I have to complete my award?

You have 12 months from the date of receiving your funds to complete your grant and submit your final grant report.

What are the reporting expectations?

Awardees are expected to complete two short reports outlining the activities completed as a part of the grant, share the obstacles encountered and lessons learned, as well as provide a budget assessment and describe where the initiative is headed in the future.


Can collaborative efforts or coalitions apply?

Absolutely! We highly encourage new and/or existing efforts that showcase cross-sector partnerships, collaboration, or team-based work. Funding can be distributed, by request, between the members of a partnership.

My initiative crosses into multiple issue areas, or I’m not sure which topic my work falls under. How do I choose?

We know that many innovators are working at the intersection of overlapping issues, strategies, population groups, and geographic areas to solve complex problems. When selecting an issue area, please consider the following:

  • What is the most common sense topic for my proposal?
  • What is the dominant theme of my application?

If you are still struggling in selecting a topic, please contact us at prize@roddenberryfoundation.org or via our in-portal Message Center.

Does my work need to be based in the United States?

No, your work may be conducted anywhere around the globe, within the bounds of United States law.


Will you select one awardee for each issue category?

Yes, we will select one awardee for each issue area who will receive a $250,000 grant.

How many Finalists are selected for public recognition?

Up to five finalists for each category will be acknowledged on our website.

What is the difference between Round One and Round Two?

In Round One, we ask a broad range of questions to get a foundational understanding of an applicant’s work and approach. For those applicants who are invited to Round Two, we do a deeper dive to better understand their specific strategies and goals.

I’ve already applied to another Roddenberry program. Can I still apply for the Prize?

Applicants may not be in active consideration (nor may they be an active awarded grantee) for more than one Roddenberry program at any one time. If you have already submitted an application for another program and need to withdraw it, please contact our Administrator via the Message Center in the application portal.

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