The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is excited to announce the 2022 Theodore Roosevelt Genius Prize Competitions winners! View the 2022 prize winner project summaries and photos.
The public now can help reimagine what drives wildlife conservation in the 21st century by participating in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Theodore Roosevelt Genius Prize Competitions. The competitions engage the public to help address six important issues: preventing wildlife poaching and trafficking, promoting wildlife conservation, managing, protecting endangered species, managing nonlethal human-wildlife conflict, and reducing human-predator conflict.
The Service is partnering with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, which helps administer the competitions. The competitions are guided by the Theodore Roosevelt Genius Prize Advisory Council, a designated Federal Advisory Committee. The council administers up to $600,000 in prizes and advises competition winners on opportunities to pilot and implement their nascent technologies, helping them develop partnerships with conservation organizations, federal or state agencies, federally recognized Tribes, private entities, and research institutions with relevant expertise or interest.
The submission deadline for the competitions was April 30, 2022, judging occurred May-July 2022, and winners were announced in September 2022. The total prize purse for each of the six focus areas is up to $100,000 for the winning technology innovation. One or more semi-finalists may also be awarded up to $50,000 each at the discretion of the Service. The Service may recognize additional participants with non-monetary, honorable mention awards.
For more information, please visit https://www.challenge.gov/, or select one of the links below for specific information on applying related to each category: