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A Global Warming Mitigation Project

Keeling Curve Prize Application
Opens January 1st, 2019

$250,000 in Annual Prize Money - learn more button      



The Keeling Curve Prize Application

The intent of the Keeling Curve Prize is to create prestige, visibility and opportunity for your project to either scale up to the next level or to acknowledge your efforts towards the mission of the GWMP. This "stamp of approval" offers a standing in the global arena with ideas that will matter for our climate.

  • Our mission is to recognize and reward the most promising ideas that effectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions or increase carbon uptake.
  • Up to 10 prizes will be awarded in the summer of 2019.
  • Individuals, organizations, or groups are eligible.
  • Total prize money for the annual prize is $250,000
  • We are accepting 300 total applications, with a limit of 50 for the Accelerator category.

How to Enter

  • Complete the entry form below-you can save the form at any time and complete it later.
  • Applications open January 1, 2019 and close March, 15, 2019 23:59 GMT.
  • Winners will be announced Mid-Summer 2019.
  • Please take time to reflect on the prize categories and review the eligibility guidelines.


2019 Application Form and Categories Coming Soon.




Eligibility Guidelines

  • We accept entries from anywhere in the world.
  • The closing date for entries is March 15th, 2019, 23:59 GMT- your entry must have been received by then.
  • We will not award prizes to the same applicants two years in a row. However, if you are not awarded, you may apply the next year and in any subsequent years.
  • You may submit for more than one category, but you will only be eligible to win in one category during any given year.
  • Prizes are awarded for ongoing work only (not as a reward for past work).
  • If offered a prize, recipients must:
    1. Report on the progress of the awarded project quarterly. (An evaluation form will be provided).
    2. Support the PR outreach activity for the prize.
    3. Allow your project's information to be disseminated at the discretion of the Global Warming Mitigation Project (GWMP) organization.
    4. Allow us to put details of your organization or project (including your logo) in our online and printed communications.
  • We will conduct due diligence research on nominated individuals and organizations prior to recommending awards for any ethical concerns. The applicant will have the opportunity to address these concerns in advance. The identities of nominees remain confidential within the GWMP throughout the process.
  • The Keeling Curve Prize may contact you for more information.


2018 Prize Categories

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Distributed/Decentralized Generation

Decentralized generation is an essential part of creating a low-carbon, sustainable and secure energy future for our planet. Field experience has revealed a number of barriers to the greater use of these technologies, such as grid integration and up-front capital cost. Therefore, this prize category will be for new electricity generation and generating technologies from (but not limited to) photovoltaic, wind, methane digesters, or hydropower micro-grid systems with generation capacity of up to 100kW (kilowatts).


battery storage containers

Energy storage

Energy storage can assist and enable the adoption of intermittent and variable renewable energy, especially in distributed generation, therefore,?this prize category will be for any type of system capable of storing electricity for immediate grid-scale dispatch, including, but not limited to, chemical (e.g., battery), mechanical (e.g., flywheel), and potential (e.g., pumped hydro) systems.


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Climate-smart Agriculture

Agricultural practices are both a significant (but neglected) source of emissions as well as a potential carbon sink, thus this category involves improvements in agriculture, silviculture, and animal husbandry methods or practices that reduce life-cycle emissions or increase sink capacity. Ideas include those that dramatically decrease waste and carbon emissions while increasing yields with greater efficiency. Rotating crops and herds, improving water retention, promoting species biodiversity, and combining trees, shrubs and pasture grasses to foster greater livestock yields are a few of the topics. Regenerative and conservation agriculture are the anchor concepts for this category.

The Accelerator

In addition to the three prize categories described above, we will be accepting a limited number of concepts which have the potential to alter and accelerate the current efforts in global warming emission reductions. The criteria for this prize category are that these must be fresh ideas, scientifically sound and scalable, demonstrating radical thinking that is potentially paradigm shifting. Examples for this category could be a technology that effectively and feasibly removes existing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere (direct air capture technologies) or oceans, emerging fuel or energy generating substitutes that successfully replace current high-carbon choices, and culture shifting practices that could lead to innovative carbon free behaviors. calls these the "coming attractions". We call them the future.