Thomas Loster (MRF), Margareta Wahlström (UNISDR) and Walter Ammann (GRF) are joining forces for a better disaster risk management.
Presentation of the RISK Award during the closing ceremony of the UNISDR Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Geneva. © Marc Stal

RISK Award 2012: Request for proposals

Population growth, environmental changes and climate shifts are causing risks to increase; complex technical systems and globalised infrastructures involve additional risk potential. Successful risk management begins at the local level, with the people at risk. The RISK Award supports projects aimed at reducing risks and improving disaster prevention.

According to the United Nations, by 2050 the earth’s population will have grown to around nine billion. Much of this growth will take place in towns and cities. Risk and hazard potential will also rise even further due to natural hazards and climate shifts.
The United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), the Global Risk Forum Davos (GRF) and the Munich Re Foundation launched a substantial disaster-prevention award. The RISK Award was presented at the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Geneva on 13 May 2011 for the first time. The prize is aimed at projects dedicated to disaster prevention and better risk management. Applicants are asked to submit proposals for an early-warning project. The award winner will receive funding of up to €100,000 in order to implement the project.
The objective of the RISK Award is to increase people’s resilience to risks and disasters, especially in developing countries. A further objective is to stimulate new and innovative approaches towards improved disaster prevention.
2012 topic: Early warning in urban areas
RISK Award
The prize will be awarded every two years at the International Disaster and Risk Conference (IDRC) in Davos. The first award ceremony will be held on 26 August 2012.  
Deadline for the submission of applications: 31 December 2011
How to apply:

  • Applicants are asked to complete a proposal form and forward it to
  • Project proposals may be submitted until 31 December 2011.
  • Applications may be submitted by individuals, teams or institutions from all sectors, including government bodies.
  • Applications must relate to projects that are new, under development, upgrades of existing systems and services, or that adapt existing concepts to different applications.

If you have further questions on the application process, please contact
Why is there a need for action?
We observe that recent disasters such as the earthquake and tsunami in Japan (March 2011), the earthquake in Haiti (January 2010), the floods in Pakistan (August 2010) and Australia (January 2011) and the heatwave and wildfires in Russia (summer 2010) highlight the increasing frequency and intensity of disasters the world is facing today.
We highlight that risk and disasters are threatening development and security. Disaster risk management must become a major global concern.
We underline that the combination of the world’s growing populations with expanding urbanisation and the exposure of people and values to risk has aggravated the risk potential for communities and nations. Climate change is exacerbating the risk situation.
We believe that, in order to support prevention, intervention and fast recovery from unexpected events, it is crucial to promote projects and programmes in the field of risk reduction and disaster management along the guidelines of the Hyogo Framework for Action strategy.