The Rolex Awards

The Rolex Awards for Enterprise will be presented in 2012 to five new Laureates for their projects that demonstrate innovative thought and benefit the world we live in. For their new ventures or completion of ongoing projects, each Laureate receives US$100,000, a Rolex chronometer, and the benefits of international publicity.

The Rolex Awards are open to any individual of any age, with a concrete working project. Proposals may be submitted in almost any area of activity, including science and health; applied technology; exploration and discovery; the environment; and cultural heritage.

The Rolex Laureates are selected by an independent panel of international specialists at the top of their fields, supported by a team of researchers. Winners are chosen based on three main criteria: spirit of enterprise, originality, and potential impact. Judges also consider how the award will contribute to the completion of the project.

  1. The Rolex Awards for Enterprise invites pre-applications from individuals for projects in the following areas: science and health; applied technology; exploration and discovery; the environment; and cultural heritage. Innovative ideas outside these areas will also be considered.
  2. Projects must improve the quality of life on the planet, expand knowledge of our world or contribute to the betterment of humankind.
  3. Projects must be envisaged for the future or completed only in part. Completed work, or projects that will be finished when the awards are announced late in 2012, cannot be considered.
  4. Pre-applications for the 2012 Rolex Awards for Enterprise may be submitted by individuals only. No institutional or collective pre-applications are allowed. If a project represents the efforts of several individuals, one person must represent the group and sign the pre-application form. Should such a group effort be chosen, the Rolex Award will be presented to the individual representative. Rolex SA will have no obligation to any other members of the group.
  5. No pre-applications on behalf of another person will be accepted. Pre-applicants must submit their own ideas and proposals.
  6. Pre-applications cannot be submitted by Rolex employees; Rolex agents and retailers and their employees; employees of advertising, public relations and any other agencies acting for Rolex; members of the immediate families of any of the above; any other person closely connected with Rolex SA. 

Former Rolex Awards and Young Laureates Programme Jury Members, Laureates, Associate Laureates and Young Laureates are also excluded.
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