How to Apply for the Keeling Curve Prize 2021

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2021 applications are open for the Keeling Curve Prize. Each year, Global Warming locate and fund the best climate solutions the world has to offer.

The goal is to bend the Keeling Curve. To that end, we’re looking for projects with a proven track record of taking greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere. We’ve developed five categories, each one addressing a specific sector of climate innovation.

Apply for the Keeling Curve Prize 2021

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The program has developed five categories, each one addressing a specific sector of climate innovations.

Keeling Curve Prize

The Keeling Curve is a graph that represents the concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) in Earth’s atmosphere since 1958. It is named after its creator, Dr. Charles David Keeling.

Since the recordings began, the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has steadily increased, representing anthropogenic climate change. It’s our goal to bend the curve back down.

Deadline of Application

The prize application for the Keeling Curve closes at midnight GMT, February 10, 2021.

Keeling Curve Prize Categories

Here are the categories of the program;

  • Capture & Utilization: Projects of this category are very advancing technological and nature-based strategies for capturing and utilizing heat-trapping gases from the oceans or air.
  • Energy: This category projects decarbonize energy, support zero-carbon energy innovations, and also lead the way in improving the supply, distribution, and access of low or zero-emissions energy systems worldwide.
  • Finance: This category is for making financial mechanisms and economics work for greenhouse reduction and/or reversal ventures.
  • Social & Cultural Pathways: the projects are changing the way people consider, understand, and act concerning human impacts on planet Earth. They are trying to answer the question. Which is; what does it take, socially and culturally to develop beyond fossil fuels?
  • Transport & Mobility: Projects here apply in this category are reimaging and reinventing all types of vehicles, fuels, and mobility options for both people and products. These projects will help to confront the carbon footprint of the vehicles themselves and the routes traveled.

Award Prize

Keeling Curve offers $25, 000 to two projects in each category annually.


Applicants must meet the following;

  • Active projects and programs from anywhere in the world are welcomed.
  • Prizes are given according to ongoing work only but as a reward for unimplemented ideas or past work.
  • Prizes will not be given to the same applicants two years in a row.
  • You may submit for multiple categories, but will only be eligible to win in one category during any given year.


Applicants are advised not to submit multiple applications.

Apply HERE

For more information about the Keeling Curve, visit Global Warming Webpage


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