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Thank you to everyone who submitted an application for the First round.  Applications are now closed. 


The Wilkes Climate Launch Prize at the University of Utah supports innovative ideas from organizations at all stages, both for-profits and nonprofits – anywhere in the world – to help fund and accelerate solutions to climate change. As most unconventional or first-of-a-kind projects often have the hardest time getting funding, the Wilkes Climate Prize, one of the largest university-affiliate climate awards in the world, is geared to spur innovation and breakthroughs.  

First round submissions of proposed solutions will be evaluated by the Wilkes Center team for scalable impact, feasibility, and potential for co-benefits for communities, economies, or ecosystems. 

Process & Review Timeline:


  • Phase I: First round submissions Due February 29, 2024 (all submissions must be submitted by 11:59 PM MST, Thursday night)
  • Phase II: Second Round applicant proposals Due April 12, 2024
  • Phase III:  Finalists pitch in-person at Wilkes Climate Summit at the University of Utah, May 14, 2024
  • Awards: Award ceremony in September 2024

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