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Awards to USA, Canada, and International Individuals for
Significant Achievements in Wildlife Conservation

Indianapolis Prize

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Awards to USA, Canada, and International individuals for noteworthy contributions to the field of animal conservation. Applicants must contact the funding source to receive a nomination application. This award program is intended to recognize and reward conservationists who have promoted the sustainability of an animal species or group of species with significant long-term scientific impact.

The Indianapolis Prize recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the sustainability of an animal species or group of species. To be nominated, applicants must have accomplished an individual achievement or series of achievements that have resulted in a demonstrable positive impact on an animal species or group of species that is likely to improve long-term sustainability. The impact of achievements under consideration must be clearly recognizable when evaluated by the Nominating Committee and Jury.

Consideration will be given to:

  • The challenges overcome by the individual in the pursuit of his or her achievement.
  • The significance of the achievement or achievements in the conservation of an animal species or multiple species;
  • The measurable outcomes resulting from the individual’s work;
  • The quality of any science involved;
  • The number of years the individual has dedicated to the aspect of conservation work under evaluation. This includes consideration of any fieldwork which the individual has participated in or led, although fieldwork is not a specified requirement. Please note that length of career is not the primary criteria.
  • The unselfish dedication to conservation work that the individual has shown throughout his or her career;
  • Any cooperation the individual has demonstrated with zoological and other like-minded conservation organizations, particularly those for which the individual does not work.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176761

Number of Grants:

1 winner, 5 finalists

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Indianapolis Prize awards $250,000 to one winner and also awards five finalists with $10,000 each.

Term of Contract:

The award is granted biennially.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nominations are open to anyone with knowledge of an individual whose work has had a great impact upon a species or group of species that can be measured over time. Their work must demonstrate the improvement in long-term sustainability was the result of direct and specific actions of the applicant.

- Applicants must be individual living persons, not an organization, program or group of individuals.
- If selected as the Winner of the Indianapolis Prize, the individual must agree to participate in activities scheduled to take place in Indianapolis, Indiana, between Sept. 22-Oct. 6, 2023. Transportation and lodging will be covered by the Indianapolis Zoological Society, Inc.
- If selected as one of the five (5) Indianapolis Prize Finalists, the individual must agree to participate in activities scheduled to take place in Indianapolis, Indiana, between Sept. 22-Oct. 6, 2023. Transportation and lodging will be covered by the Indianapolis Zoological Society, Inc.
- Applicants must agree that, if selected as a Winner or Finalist, they will reasonably assist in the obtaining of necessary permissions to use materials reflective of their work on Indianapolis Zoo grounds, and will assist as necessary in the production of media and materials required to present a synopsis of their work at the Indianapolis Prize Gala.
- Applicants may not be employees, Board Members, or volunteer staff of the Indianapolis Zoological Society, Inc. Immediate family members or significant others of the Nominating Committee, Jury, Indianapolis Zoological Society employees, Board Members, and volunteer staff are also ineligible.
- A Nominee is limited to being named a Finalist three times during the four most recent Prize cycles. When the maximum has been reached, he or she may not be nominated for the next two consecutive Prize cycles.

Pre-Application Information:

Nominations are open for the 2023 Indianapolis Prize until February 25, 2022.

- Nominees are announced in the Fall 2022.
- Finalists are announced in the first quarter 2023.
- Winner is announced second quarter 2023.

Nominating an individual is simple and includes a 500-word narrative about the individual along with two to four letters of support. All applications will be reviewed for appropriateness and completeness. A staff member will then contact the applicant and request additional documentation and materials.

In closed deliberation, the Nomination Committee members have roughly three months to thoughtfully review the materials and determine the six individuals who will advance to the level of finalist. Once chosen, the Jury then analyzes the six finalists' work, in a second closed deliberation spanning three months, to select the award recipient.

Applicants may nominate themselves, however, the stature of the nominator is considered when selecting Finalists and Winners.

About the Indianapolis Prize:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To obtain an application for nomination, please send an email to or call 317-630-2014.

Indianapolis Prize
1200 West Washington St.
Indianapolis, IN 46222

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