Rainforest XPRIZE

Funding Agency:
X PRIZE Foundation

The $10 million Rainforest XPRIZE is a global 4-year competition to incentivize the development of integrated and advanced biodiversity assessment technologies that will yield previously undiscovered and meaningful insights into these magnificent environments. The competition will be followed by an additional two years of impact activities geared towards establishing a new bioeconomy for the next century. The prize respects the people of the forests and their culture, as well as the Convention on Biological Diversity and other national and international policies.

The Rainforest XPRIZE will accelerate innovation of unmanned and autonomous remote and in-situ technologies needed for biodiversity assessment. The competition will enhance our understanding of the rainforest ecosystem by using rapid data integration to provide new wisdom about the forest as well as inspire new investment and exploration. The Rainforest XPRIZE will discover the true potential of the standing forest, allowing the development of a new, sustainable, local bioeconomy.

The deadline for teams to register through the XPRIZE website is June 30, 2020.‚Äč

Agency Website

Funding Type



Grad/Prof Students


Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences
International Opportunities
Social Sciences

External Deadline

June 30, 2020