Empowering tomorrow's sustainability champions

Student Research Award Competition

The competition aims to encourage senior undergraduates to undertake graduation projects focusing on sustainability topics in the fields of circular economy, climate change, and social sustainability. By engaging students in these areas, we aim to instill eco-conscious mindsets and contribute to the development of a generation of students who are not only well-versed in sustainability but also actively engaged in promoting it. This annual competition will provide a platform for students to showcase their research skills and contribute to meaningful advancements in sustainability.

Student Research Award Timeline

One Cycle per Academic Year

Deadline for Nominee Entry:

3 June 2024 at 17:00

Awards: For each category (a total of 9 winners):

  • Winner: AED 10,000
  • First runner-up: AED 5,000
  • Second runner-up: AED 2,000
Project Categories

Examples of research areas include, but are not limited to:

  1. Circular Economy: Circular business models, customer behavior, recycling, waste management, resource recovery, etc.
  2. Climate Change: Biodiversity conservation strategies, agricultural systems, renewable energy, public awareness and action, etc.
  3. Sustainable Society: Sustainable urban development, sustainable transportation, agroecology, sustainable consumption and production, socio-economic contexts, etc.

Emirati undergraduate senior students working individually on honors theses, capstone projects, or graduation projects related to sustainability, and nominated by their university.

If a university or a college/department within a university offers only senior group graduation projects, the university can nominate senior group graduation projects (with no more than 5 students) if at least one member is Emirati.

Paper Format

The research paper’s format is not restricted by specific guidelines or templates; instead, enrolled papers should adhere to the formatting standards established by their respective university, college, or department for graduation projects. 

Nomination Entry
  • Each university may submit up to a maximum of six (6) nominations in total, comprising up to two (2) best research papers from each category.
  • The university’s nomination liaison should be a senior administrator, such as a Dean, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Director of the Research Office, etc. The university is solely responsible, using its own criteria, for choosing the student projects to be submitted.
  • When submitting the nominations, please provide a project abstract (250 words or fewer) and upload the complete graduation project paper (PDF format) for each nominee via the submission portal (located at the top right corner of this website).
Judging Criteria

Originality and innovation; quality of research; relevance and impact; clarity and organization; and language and presentation within the project paper, whether in English or Arabic.

Announcement of Winners at the Ceremony

To Be Announced (tentatively scheduled for the end of June 2024 in Abu Dhabi).


Contact Details

For more information and inquiries, please contact: [email protected]

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