Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge

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About the Challenge

The Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge rewards innovative science and technology solutions that tackle specific wildlife trafficking issues. The Challenge comprises three stages of application: Concept Note, Prize Application, and Grand Prize Application. All applicants were required to submit a short Concept Note before June 30, 2015. In mid-September, the Challenge invited Finalists to submit Prize Applications. In early 2016, the Challenge selected Prize Winners to receive Prize Packages of $10,000 in addition to promotional and networking opportunities and technical assistance to scale or accelerate their solutions. Prize Winners were also eligible to compete for one of up to four Grand Prizes worth as much as $500,000. The Challenge used Grand Prizes to target and invest in the most promising solutions, and announced four Grand Prize Winners on September 1, 2016.

Frequently asked questions

About the Challenge

About the Application Process

About the Selection Process

Rules and Eligibility

Prize Packages and Grand Prizes



Wildlife trafficking is an international crisis for nature and humanity.

Learn more about the problem and USAID's strategy to combat it



USAID is partnering with National Geographic Society, the Smithsonian Institution, and TRAFFIC to implement the Challenge.

Meet The Partners