Pathways to Sustainability Award


At Pathways to Sustainability we believe that best practices should be recognised and rewarded. We therefore launched a special Award for those research projects combining the strengths of Utrecht University research with the agendas of external stakeholders for the benefit of a sustainable future for all.

This year's nominees

Pathways to Sustainability Award nominee – Deep Transitions

Deep Transitions

The world needs tremendous investments to achieve a 1,5deg scenario. But simply investing more is not enough. This project collaborated with a global panel of public and private investors to develop principles, tools and metrics for financing transformative investment.

Pathways to SustainabilityAward nominee - GAIM


The transition to sustainable energy is more urgent then ever. GAIM stimulates energy use in households via energy game app, a result from a unique interfaculty collaboration and partners across the energy system.

Pathways to Sustainability Award nominee - Tipping the iceberg

Tipping the iceberg

Arctic Indigenous communities, like the St. Paul community in the middle of the Bering Sea, face challenges in their food systems. In this project the researchers set up a Transformation Lab with inclusive and participatory approaches to find solutions to these challenges.

The laureate project will be announced at our annual conference on 4th April 2023. Besides the honour and recognition, this prize comes with €2500,- to further invest in the project or its follow-up. 


  • Projects that can be nominated should include at least one scholar from Utrecht University.
  • The project should be running at the moment of submission, or have been running in the previous year.
  • The project must be interdisciplinary in nature (engages researchers across multiple disciplines) 
  • The project must involve co-creation (the activities/agenda have been co-created with researchers and external stakeholder(s)). 
  • The project needs to lead to societal impact (addresses a societal sustainability challenge resulting in a direct impact on society). 

Selection procedure 

A jury comprising (international) board members of Pathways to Sustainability and the winner of last year will select the three best projects. During the week leading up to the award ceremony at the Pathways Conference, these three projects will be highlighted via the Pathways to Sustainability online channels. The winning project will be chosen by public vote at the Pathways to Sustainability conference on 4th April 2023.


To nominate a project for the Pathways to Sustainability Award please fill out the nomination form and send it to The nomination form includes the following: 

  • Name(s) and details of the contact person(s) - for future correspondence.
  • List of other people involved in the project 
  • A short description (max. 300 words) of the project including;
    • how the project engages researchers across multiple disciplines; 
    • how the agenda and/or activities have been co-created with researchers and external stakeholder(s); 
    • what societal sustainability challenges are addressed, how this has been done, and what the impact on society is. 
  • Relevant links to websites, videos, reports, images etc.  

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