The Background of
Nobel Sustainability Trust

The Sustainability Awards will be given to individuals or institutions who have made important discoveries of potential importance to the well-being of mankind.

The Sustainability Awards Supported by Nobel Sustainability Trust Foundation

The Sustainability Awards supported by Nobel Sustainability Trust Foundation will be issued in the following three categories:

Leadership in Implementation. The Sustainability Award for Implementation will recognize leadership as characterized by a deliberate approach to accelerating the global adoption of sustainability and recognizing individuals or organizations that make an outstanding contribution to implementing sustainable solutions and who demonstrate a commitment to ensuring that the needs of the present are met without compromising the ability of the future generations to meet their own needs.

Outstanding Research and Development in the filed of Energy and Water.The award is given to excellent researchers and developers. The outstanding quality should be proven by parameters such as publications in prestigious journals, scientific prizes and merits, patents,etc. which are accepted in the global science community.


Role of the NST Representative

The function of a country representative is to act, within the country’s jurisdiction, as an ambassador for the NST. NST representatives will seek financial support for the creation of its Sustainability Award and funding for conference and events management infrastructure associated with the award. This will be achieved through donations and licensing of the NST name and services.


Country representatives, professionally managed and in accordance with financial regulations, will assist with:

  • Contacting potential sponsors such as sovereign funds, corporations, family offices, and professional associations, to assess whether they would accept to sponsor NST’s activities. All interested parties will be subject to a strict due diligence and
    evaluation procedure.


  • Obtaining and maintaining a collaborative agreement with the foremost technological universities in the representative’s region or country. Representatives will additionally ascertain that these academic institutions form and maintain a local committee to propose to the lead university or its committee an invention, discovery, or technical development which potentially could be of demonstrable benefit to the general population in sustainable technology.

  • Assessing the interest in the representative’s home country or its major cities in hosting a Sustainability Conference followed by a gala dinner including the award ceremony.

The Award Coordinating University's Role

The Award Coordinating University (ACU) will, in consultation with the NST, select and manage the list of universities/ professors in the NST network for the sustainability awards. The ACU will form a Sustainability Award Committee that reflects the requisite competence for the Sustainability Award. This Sustainability Award Committee will have the final say in the selection of the award winners in this category. 


It will be the ACU’s responsibility to evaluate the presentations and create a short list of five candidates, from which the Awards Selection Committee will select the award winner. The person responsible for implementing the process of implementation will also receive a similar award. The ACU possesses the evaluative capacity and a network of experts to ensure its competence and ability to select appropriate award winners.


The aims and objectives of the NST, as well as anticipating media reactions, should all be taken into consideration in this context.

The Role of the Universities and Professors in the NST Network

The local academic institutions will be selected from an internationally recognized ranking list by the ACU in consultation with the NST. The Sustainability Award Committee will consist of members of various faculties. It is this committee which will select the suitable candidates for the awards on an annual basis.
Many universities have already created sustainability units and it is these academic institutions which would be prime candidates for network membership.

The members of the committees should meet regularly during a scholastic year to identify and evaluate discoveries and developments of sustainable technologies.
The candidate selections made by the local university must be submitted to the ACU before the end of each scholastic year.

The professors who work for the Award Committee, their education background, and working experiences need to be evaluated by
ACU and the professors will make the pre-selection after the deadline for candidates to send in the proposals.