2022 Keeling Curve Prize: Climate Solutions Grants

Named after its creator, Dr. Charles David Keeling, the Keeling Curve is a graph that represents the concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) in Earth’s atmosphere. Since the recordings began in 1958, the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has steadily increased, representing anthropogenic climate change. The Global Warming Mitigation Project aims to flatten the curve.

To that end, the Keeling Curve Prize invites proposals for innovative climate change solutions from organizations around the world. In 2022, two awards of $25,000 will be awarded in each of the following categories:

Carbon Sinks (Natural & Engineered): Projects in this category will advance technological and nature-based strategies for capturing and/or utilizing heat-trapping gases from the air or oceans.

Energy: Projects in this category will decarbonize energy, support zero-carbon energy innovations, and lead the way in improving the supply, distribution, and access of low- or zero-emissions energy systems worldwide.

Finance: Projects in this category will make financial mechanisms and economics work for greenhouse gas reduction and/or reversal ventures.

Social & Cultural Pathways: Projects in this category will work to change the way people consider, understand, and act concerning human impacts on Earth to address what it takes, socially and culturally, to develop beyond fossil fuels.

Transport & Mobility: Projects that apply in this category will reimagine and reinvent all types of vehicles, fuels, and mobility options for both people and products. The projects will confront the carbon footprint of the vehicles themselves and the routes traveled.

The Keeling Curve Prize is awarded to current programs and projects from anywhere in the world. Applications centered on past work, unimplemented ideas or untested hypotheses will not be accepted.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis with the applicant pool capped at five hundred entries.

Please contact Daniel Hadley if you are interested in applying to this opportunity.