Food System Vision Prize – Dec 5

Posted by Rockefeller Foundation on November 19, 2019

Rockefeller Foundation Invites Applications for Food System Vision Prize

The Rockefeller Foundation has partnered with SecondMuse and OpenIDEO to amplify the discourse on the state and the future of the world’s many food systems. And to empower communities globally to develop actionable solutions and become protagonists in their own food future. Creating a compelling and progressive Vision for the future of our food system requires a culture of collaboration that rallies industry, policy, academia, and society to act as one.

The challenges seem ominous: a global population approaching ten billion, greenhouse gasses changing our climate, pollution poisoning our soil, air, and water. Yet, there are opportunities to address them if people act together to transform the food system.

A positive, inspirational Vision, in which we see the possible in our mind’s eye, is the necessary, creative opening to any act of innovation or development we make in the real world. It has the potential to ignite a movement. And it inspires diverse stakeholders to rally and unite behind it. Without a Vision, and the plan it inspires, we do not progress from hope to action.

To that end, a total of $2 million will be distributed to the top “Visionaries,” who will be eligible to receive a prize of $200,000 each.

Participants in the competition may submit their Visions at any point during the Open Submission Phase and are encouraged to publish an initial post of their submission by the Early Submission Deadline of December 5, 2019. Participants who publish their submission by the deadline will have the opportunity to attend an invitation-only webinar with members of the Rockefeller Foundation’s Food team, the sponsor of the prize. No preference will be given to participants who submit early; however, participants who do so may benefit from the opportunity to connect with other participants, seek feedback on their submission, and engage with the OpenIDEO community team. All published submissions may be updated until January 31, 2020.

After the initial Open Submission Phase, semi-finalists will advance to the Refinement Phase, where participants will be expected to a) further develop and update their Vision statements; b) respond to new application prompts on the Prize platform; and c) include feasibility and data considerations in a further advanced submission.

In May 2020, up to ten finalists will progress to the Accelerator. The virtual Accelerator supports Vision teams on their path toward implementation and impact. The Accelerator will include mentorship, cohort-based learning, and one in-person workshop with advisors. During this phase, Visionaries will make further refinements to their Vision.

Top Visionaries will be announced on September 13, 2020 after confirmation of eligibility and adherence to the Prize terms and conditions. Prize funding will be released to teams that meet all requirements set out in the Prize terms and conditions, including the execution of any Affidavit requested by the Rockefeller Foundation.

For more information and/or to sign up for the email list to receive tools, resources, and announcements, visit Food System Vision Prize website.

Deadline: December 5, 2019 (Open Submission Phase)

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