Application guidelines

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    The RISK Award will be assigned to an operational project in the field of the specific biennial topic. The award winner will receive funding up to € 100,000. The prize has to be used for the implementation of the proposed project. With each awardee an individual funding agreement will be concluded that fits to the specific project situation and needs.

    Dates and deadlines
    Start of the 2025 RISK Award application phase 1 July 2024
    Online Seminar I - How to write a RISK Award proposal 24 July 2024
    Online Seminar II - How to write a RISK Award proposal 25 September 2024
    End of the 2025 RISK Award application phase 13 October 2024
    Announcement of the winner 2025 2-4 June 2025
    If you are interested in joining one of the Online Courses (How to write a RISK Award proposal) you may register here. Your attendance is NOT mandatory for your application.
    >> Online Course I or II

    Apply now for the 2025 RISK Award, endowed with a project funding of up to €100,000! The application phase runs from 1 July to 13 October 2024.

    About the jury

    The jury who will make the final decision consists of a board of internationally renowned experts in the field of disaster risk reduction representing a variety of backgrounds (international origins, gender-balanced, politicians, scientists and practitioners). They stand for a fair, objective and targeted decision process. Therefore the decision of the jury cannot be challenged and must not be subject to appeal. 


    • The proposal must address the specific annual RISK Award topic.
    • The proposed project must include an implementation part (action), a proposal solely based on research is not sufficient. 
    • The risks must be related to climate change induced or natural hazards. 
    • Risks due to social turmoil, war, chemical disasters, and/or political crises are not in our scope. 
    • We appreciate ideas to involve people at risk (people centred approaches).
    • We appreciate proposals which combine bottom-up approaches with top-down frameworks.
    • We encourage project teams which are engaged in multi-stakeholder partnerships (different sectors, different sizes, different organisational background, PPPs).

    Guidelines for your application

    In the online portal you will only have to fill in a few predefined fields. The main part of the application will be a freely created project description. We deliberately do not provide a fixed framework here, as the projects are too diverse and a fixed framework is detrimental to the uniqueness of the initiative descriptions. Nevertheless, we would like to point out a few points that you should consider when writing your proposal: 
    • We will evaluate the proposals according to 5 indicators: 
    1. Potential for impact 
    2. Equity
    3. Scalability
    4. Viability and Sustainability
    5. Institutional capacity
    • Try to highlight how your project contributes to these 5 indicators and consider that when structuring your proposal text.
    • Clearly define your target group and beneficiaries of the project.
    • Clearly define the outputs, outcomes and impact which you aim to achieve with your project.

    In July and in September we will offer short online courses on "How to write a RISK Award proposal". For further details and questions we invite you to join those sessions. The sessions are NOT mandatory for the application process.


    • The award is endowed with 100,000 €. Hence, our project funding is limited to 100,000 €. However, we also understand that there are many initiatives that are larger. In this case, please write in your application what the volume of your overall project is and where the other required financial resources will come from.
    • The overall budget of the project shall not exceed  1,000,000 €. Otherwise the contribution of the RISK Award is too little.
    • The RISK Award contribution must have a visible impact within the project.
    • If the whole budget is bigger than the RISK Award, it must be visible for what purpose the RISK Award will be used.
    • The proposal should include a milestone planning and a rough budget plan explaining how the funding will be used.
    • The budget of the proposed project can also be less than €100,000. However, it should not be less than €50,000.

    Timeline and formality

    • The timeline of the proposed project should be between 12 months and 2 years maximum. 
    • Attachments must not exceed 20 additional pages. 
    • The form must be completed in English.

    Who can apply

    • It is expected that the successful project will be carried out by a team of people who have complementary skills.
    • It is perfectly legitimate to involve participants from partner institutions, but it is not advisable to form too large consortia for the purpose of submitting a proposal.
    • Research institutions, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and non-profit organisations (NPOs) are especially encouraged to submit.
    • The RISK Award mainly addresses projects in developing and emerging countries in the Global South. We therefore exclude projects that are positioned in high-income countries according to the World Bank classification
    • The proposed projects must serve a non-profit or charitable purpose. For-profit initiatives are not eligible for selection.
    • The RISK Award is given to institutions or organisations. Unfortunately, individuals cannot be considered.
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    Best project proposals in an overview

    2023 RISK Award: Best project proposals
    “Climate resilience and early warning”
    Best Project Proposals 2021
    Eco- and nature-based solutions for disaster risk reduction
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    Best Project Proposals 2019
    Coastal Resilience
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    Best Project Proposals 2017
    Information and Communication Technologies for DRR and DRM
    Best Project Proposals 2015
    Disaster risk reduction – people-centred, innovative and sustainable
    Best Project Proposals 2014
    Disaster emergencies — Resilience for the most vulnerable