The Rockefeller Foundation is asking the global community to nominate innovators whose work is improving the lot of poor and vulnerable people. Three nominees will receive the Next Century Innovators Award, with one Award given based on your votes. Awardees may apply for a grant of up to $100,000 USD.

The Next Century Innovators Awards is open to those who are applying innovation in new and different ways to promote the well-being of humanity around the world.

About the Competition

Step 1: You submit your nomination of yourself or someone else.

Step 2: You and/or the nominee may be contacted by the Rockefeller Foundation for further information and documentation.

Step 3: Select nominees are featured on the Next Century Innovators site and in related social media content.

Step 4: Two Next Century Innovators Awards, including one youth award, are announced as the Rockefeller Foundation adjudicators’ selections.

Step 5: An additional three finalists are announced and put forth for your votes!

Step 6: The finalist with the most votes wins the third Next Century Innovator Award.

Step 7: Next Century Innovators Awardees and finalists attend the 2013 Innovation Forum.

For purposes of the Competition, “innovation” means a break from previous practice that occurs when different points of view or existing elements are framed, imagined or combined in new ways or when a new pathway is created for solving entrenched social problems, resulting in lasting change within the systems that affect poor and vulnerable people. Subject to these Official Rules, three Awards are expected to be made, including one “Youth Award.”

To submit nominations, you need to fill the entry form at the Foundation’s website.