Get Nominated!

Please note the 2020 Call for Nominations is now closed. Please check back in early 2021 for information on next year’s Call for Nominations.

The Arctic Inspiration Prize is an incredible opportunity to bring by the North, for the North projects to life. Do you have an idea for a project that would benefit your community? Here are the six steps you need to take to submit a nomination and have a chance to win an Arctic Inspiration Prize:

  1. Have an idea! Your project idea should:
    1. be something new,
    2. address opportunities or challenges that are of importance to the people and communities of the Arctic, and
    3. address the causes (rather than the resulting symptoms) of an Arctic issue.
  2. Build a team. Your team should be diverse, including people from different disciplines, backgrounds and organizations, and can include both Northerners and Southerners – though the team leader must be a Northerner.
  3. Pick the right prize category. The Arctic Inspiration Prize has three award categories, each with different requirements. Review the Nomination Guides for the $1 Million, AIP and Youth prize categories, and check out the Prize Category chart on the Nomination Process page here to help you decide which category best fits your project - and then make sure to read all of the Eligibility Criteria.
  4. Find an AIP Ambassador to support your nomination. Each nomination needs to include a nomination letter written by an official AIP Ambassador. Reach out to one of our Ambassadors (listed here), walk them through your proposed idea and ask them to write a letter of support for your nomination. Remember, the Ambassador you choose must be independent from your team and cannot be connected to your project in any way.
  5. Submit a Letter of Intent. This is not mandatory, but it is very helpful! Write a two-page summary of your idea and submit it to the AIP team to get feedback on your project’s eligibility. This feedback can be very helpful when writing your nomination! The last possible date to submit a Letter of intent is September 8, 2020 at 11:59pm PT.
  6. Submit your nomination on time! Make sure you’ve read through all of the Eligibility and Selection criteria and have completed all sections of the Nomination Template – and submit it before the deadline! Nominations are due by October 14, 2020 at 11:59pm PT. It’s best not to leave your nomination to the last minute, as some of the sections take time to prepare. If you have any questions, it’s always better to reach out to the AIP team earlier rather than later. For more information on the prize and the nomination process, check out the recent webinars on the bottom of the Promotional Materials page here. The webinars are full of useful tips and tricks, and provide answers to questions that other people have already asked.