The World Academy of Sciences invites applications for the TWAS Samira Omar Innovation for Sustainability Award for Scientists in 2022.

Our planet, and therefore our existence, faces several challenges. They include world population, food security, climate change, biodiversity loss, water scarcity/poor sanitation and energy resources. Sustainability, therefore, involves considering the relationship between the finite resources of the planet and the way of life adopted by humans: in what way it is pertinent to ask, can our existence be maintained and at what level?

It is for concerns such as these that sustainability is at the forefront of many discussions on the international scene. In fact, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals released by the UN in 2015 as part of the 2030 Agenda underlie that we must become aware of the fact that we are compromising the future of generations to come. The SDGs may well represent the best attempt at addressing sustainability issues on a global scale.


For this reason, the “Innovation for Sustainability” Prize has been specifically tailored. It will reward scientists for their contribution in an area, albeit multidisciplinary, directly relevant to the science of sustainability.

Worth of Award

In view of this, the TWAS Samira Omar Innovation award will recognize scientists from Least Developed Countries (LDCs).

  • The cash award is USD 4,000 and it will honour a scientist working in an area relevant to sustainability.


The 2022 award will be awarded to a woman scientist national of an LDC, living and working in an LDC during the last two years immediately prior to her nomination. This is based on scientific achievements in any of the thematic areas below:

  • Clean and renewable energy
  • Green chemistry
  • Sustainable agriculture and agrobiodiversity
  • Plastic: degradation, pollution and microplastics
  • Water purification and sanitation

Other thematic areas include

  • Climate change: environmental effects, methane contribution, carbon capture
  • Transportation technologies: efficiency for smart cities
  • Waste management
  • Biodiversity: the sixth mass extinction, ecosystem services, habitat recovery and restoration
  • Ecological economics and planetary health

How to Apply

  • The 2022 nominations can only be submitted electronically through the on-line platform by clicking on the “NEW NOMINATION” button at the bottom of this page.
  • To resume working on saved nominations, click on the “RESUME” button at the bottom of this page.

A nomination is considered complete only if includes ALL of the following information/material:

  • Nominator contact details;
  • Nominee contact details and general information on the nominee. However, self-nominations are not accepted);
  • Authorization from the nominee to process her personal data for the purposes of her nomination. This is in conformity to Art. 13 of the Italian Legislative Decree 196/2003 and can only be submitted through the online platform.
  • Suggested citation (15-20 words highlighting the nominee’s scientific achievements);

Other necessary information includes

  • Supporting statement regarding the nominee’s contribution that should explain in detail the work performed and its significance in the relevant scientific context. Clear reference should be made to the scientific impact of the nominee’s work. By implication, vague supporting statements will not be considered and will negatively affect the evaluation;
  • A clear and detailed account of any time spent abroad by the nominee in the past two years;
  • PhD: information on the subject area, year and awarding institution;
  • Brief information on membership in academies and societies;

Yet again, you need to provide

  • Brief information on awards and honours received;
  • List of 10 most significant publications listed in an internationally acceptable format;
  • The nominee’s brief CV and her complete list of publications are also to be uploaded, separately, onto the online platform.
  • The nominee’s h-index in Google Scholar and the associated number of citations.

Deadline: The application closes on April 20, 2022.


Click here for more details and to apply