SDSN Youth Global Innovation and Impact Awards 2022

Application for SDSN Youth Global Innovation and Impact Awards 2022 is ongoing!

These awards aim to recognize and mobilize leading solutions for the Sustainable Development Goals. Read through to see details on how to apply.

About SDSN Youth Global Innovation and Impact Awards

In order to uplift such solutions for a greater impact, thereby accelerating the achievement of the SDGs, SDSN Youth is launching the Global Youth Innovation Awards and the Global SDG Impact Awards

The Awards are launched in partnership with NOVA Impact, which provides Next-Gens, philanthropists, and institutional families with resources, community support, mentorship, and strategic development to accelerate collaborative action for more impact.

Global Youth Innovation Awards

The Global Youth Innovation Awards are a call for applications targeting SDSN Youth’s network of more than 3,000 young changemakers worldwide building solutions for the SDGs. 

Global SDG Impact Awards

The Global SDG Impact Award is a global call for nominations to identify and recognize emerging private sector and academia initiatives and commitments towards implementing the SDGs, at local and national levels.

Global Innovation and Impact Awards– Benefits

Together with NOVA Impact, SDSN Youth will work collaboratively with the awardees to provide seed funding, mentorship, and access to exclusive opportunities and benefits to help awardees pave the way forward toward realizing the SDGs by 2030. Examples of these benefits include: 

  • Seed Funding: Awardees receive up to $2,500 to test, launch and scale their initiatives. Please note that funding is only available for the Global Youth Innovation Award.
  • Exclusive Access to SDG Pioneers: The opportunity to collaborate and learn from SDG experts in various fields of sustainable development.
  • Mentorship: A community of mentors and experts who will help refine your ideas and solutions, overcome challenges, attract investors, and achieve your objectives.
  • Impact Driven Community of Practice: A community of practice alongside philanthropists, community leaders, and impact investors with the ability to engage in grantmaking and impact projects. 
  • Global Recognition: Increased visibility in the SDG and sustainability space and the ability to showcase your solutions and commitments at premier SDG events and networks.
  • Impact Education: A comprehensive suite of educational resources to learn and engage more deeply with the Sustainable Development Goals.

Speaking about the launch of the Awards, Prof. Jeffrey D. Sachs, President of UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, said:

“SDSN Youth is one of the world’s most exciting networks of global change. Young people are joining forces to create innovative solutions to the pressing problems of poverty, inequality, lawlessness, and environmental crisis. The new SDSN Youth Innovation and Impact Awards celebrate the creativity and innovative spirit of these young leaders.”

Selection Criteria

The submissions must have a measurable positive impact on achieving at least one of the 17 SDGs.

The initiatives must meet key pillars of impact centered around innovation, collaboration, and execution through a systemic and transformative approach that can serve as a building block to scale SDG impact globally. 

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Application Deadline

The call for applications/nominations closes on Wednesday, May 25, 2022, at 23:59 Eastern Time.







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