The 2015 winners have been announced

The RELX Group Environmental Challenge is awarded to projects that best demonstrate how they can provide sustainable access to safe water where it is presently at risk and/or access to improved sanitation. Projects must have clear practical applicability, address identified need, and advance related issues such as health, education, or human rights.

There is a $50,000 prize for the first place entry and a $25,000 prize for the second place entry. The winners will receive relevant training and professional development up to $2,500 each, and free access for one year to ScienceDirect, Elsevier’s database of full text, scientific information, including almost 250,000 articles since 2000 in Environmental Sciences. The winning projects will be highlighted in the RELX Group journal Water Research.

This is the fifth year of the RELX Group Environmental Challenge, and will be marked by a special prize of $20,000 for a collaboration project involving past winners. In 2015, RELX Group will be extending awareness of the Environmental Challenge through a media partnership with the Guardian Global Development Professionals Network, which gives those working and interested in the field access to related comment, analysis, news and events.

RELX Group is a global provider of world-class information and tools that help our customers advance science, improve medical outcomes, enable better legal decisions, evaluate risk, forge business relationships and gain business insight. All five business units of our company have a growing portfolio of products and services that advance environmental knowledge and understanding. We are committed to using our extensive networks and expertise to facilitate the exchange and dissemination of useful information about improving access to sustainable water supply.


Watch our winners' videos

2013 Challenge winner

2013 first prize winner: WaterSHED, sustainable, market-based approaches to effective water and sanitation provision in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam

2012 Challenge winner

2012 first prize winner: The Tagore-SenGupta Foundation tackles contaminated groundwater in Cambodia