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Applications open for BIE – Cosmos Prize Expo 2020 Dubai

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Applications open for BIE – Cosmos Prize Expo 2020 Dubai, rewarding not-for-profit projects that respond to Expo’s theme

Applications are now open for the Expo 2020 Dubai edition of the BIE-Cosmos Prize, open to citizen projects that respond to the Expo theme ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’. The BIE-Cosmos Prize Expo 2020 Dubai promotes and rewards not-for-profit projects from individuals or groups exemplifying Expo’s overall theme and working in fields relating to one or more of its sub-themes – Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability.

Applications for eligible projects may be submitted by completing the application form, in English or in French, before 31 August 2021. Shortlisted candidates will present their work and achievements at Expo 2020 Dubai, and an international jury will then select the winning project, to be announced on BIE Day on 30 March 2022. A donation of EUR 20,000 (AED 86,593) will be granted to the recipient of the BIE-Cosmos Prize.

The BIE-Cosmos Prize is a collaboration between the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) and the Expo ’90 Foundation of Japan, which commemorates Horticultural Expo 1990 Osaka and its value of “Harmonious Coexistence between Nature and Humankind”. The BIE-Cosmos Prize has been awarded at all World Expos and Specialised Expos since 2008, with the aim of giving visibility and support to citizen projects that promote the theme of the Expo and the values of the Expo ’90 Foundation.

At Expo 2015 Milan, which was organised under the theme ‘Feeding the Planet: Energy for Life’, the BIE-Cosmos Prize was awarded to the “Nutritious Diet and Sustainable Future for Haiti’s Children” project, submitted by non-governmental organisation CESAL. At Specialised Expo 2017 Astana, held under the theme ‘Future Energy’, the prize was awarded to the National University of Lesotho for its initiative to design and produce low-cost solar collectors.

As the first World Expo in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region, Expo 2020 Dubai will welcome visitors from every corner of the globe to join the making of a new world, as it brings together 191 countries in one place to reimagine tomorrow. Through its theme, ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’, and its three subthemes – Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability – Expo 2020 Dubai will be the world’s most impactful global incubator for new ideas.

Click here to download the prize outline and the application form for the BIE-Cosmos Prize Expo 2020 Dubai.

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