7th edition of the SUEZ-Institut de France Awards

Ended: Dec 15, 2019 France

Stakes and objectives

The Fondation SUEZ and Institut de France launch in September 2019 the 7th edition of the SUEZ-Institut de France Awards, which reward projects that contribute to the development of water services, sanitation and waste management in developing countries.

The jury will give priority to projects:

  • Designed for appropriation by local stakeholders and the project’s beneficiaries (populations, local authorities, etc.);
  • Enabling the integration and participation of at-risk populations;
  • Applicable to urban and peri-urban environments.


The SUEZ-Institut de France Awards includes two categories, for two types of applicant:

  • The Access to Essential Services Award, which rewards an innovation developed by a not-for-profit organization. It aims at creating a bridge between applied research and operational development projects. The objective is to promote the innovations to the greatest number of people so that they may be used by professionals in the water, sanitation and waste management sectors in developing countries. The innovations, applicable in the field, can be technical, organisational, financial or social, and may concern tools for spreading information and knowledge.
  • The Social Entrepreneurship Award, which rewards an initiative developed by a social entrepreneur. It aims at supporting business activities in the sectors of water, sanitation and waste management developed by social entrepreneurs in developing countries. These initiatives, which often generate jobs, have a positive social impact, particularly for poor and at-risk population.

Who can apply ?

The SUEZ-Institut de France Award is open to any non-profit organization (Access to Essential Services Award) and to any social entrepreneur (Social Entrepreneurship Award) who have developed an innovative and replicable project contributing to the development of water services, sanitation or waste management services in developing countries, preferably applicable to urban and peri-urban areas.

Applications are selected according to the following criteria. Projects already subsidised by the Fondation SUEZ cannot win the Award:

  • The project contributes to the improvement or development of water services, sanitation or waste management.
  • The project concerns at least one developing country.
  • The project has already produced conclusive results through one or several significant pilot phases.
  • The project is replicable (generalisation to different contexts, easy implementation, adapted costs, etc.); The project must be free of all rights or at least not subject to restrictive intellectual property rights.
  • The applicant organisation and the team responsible for the project are recognised for their qualifications and experience.
  • The application form complies and is complete in form and content, the answers to the requested information are concise and clear, the presentation is clear etc.
  • The application form must explain and describe the use that will be made of the Award funds in order to improve water services, sanitation or waste management in developing countries.


Selection criteria specific to the Access to Essential Services Award

  • The application is presented by a non-profit organisation (research institute, training institute, association, etc.). It cannot be awarded to one single person.
  • The project is supported or developed locally in collaboration with a public organisation (local authority, decentralised government service, etc.).


Selection criteria specific to the Social Entrepreneurship Award

  • The candidature is presented by a social entrepreneur
  • The project is locally supported or developed in collaboration with local stakeholders

Key steps

The applications call for the 2019-2020 edition of the SUEZ-Institut de France Awards is launched as of September 16, 2019.
Applications are made in two stages:

  • Pre-selection: return the application form before December 15, 2019. Between the 15th and the 30th of January 2020, candidates are informed of their pre-selection or not. Shortlisted candidates will receive the detailed application file to fill it.
  • Selection: return the application file before 28 February 2020.


A sum of €50, 000 is granted to each initiative rewarded by the two awards, the Access to Essential Services Award and the Social Entrepreneurship Award. The projects also benefit from the promotion of their project on the different websites and social media of the Fondation SUEZ, SUEZ and the Institut de France. These projects can also be presented during international events on water, sanitation and waste management.

  • €50, 000 Financial support
  • Visibility

Projects review

The organizing team, composed with members of the Fondation SUEZ and from the Institut de France, will pre-select applications based on how well the competition rules are respected.

A technical Commission, with members designated by the organisers, will receive and examine the applications. It then selects 3 to 5 application forms per category (“Access to Essential Services” and “Social Entrepreneurship”) to be submitted to the Jury. After this selection, the Jury deliberates and chooses the winners.

Challenge documentation :

  • Prix Inititatives Competition Rules 2019 2020 (2) 105 KB pdf

  • Prix Initiatives _ 2019 2020 application form 1 (1) 294 KB doc