The Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement

The John and Alice Tyler Prize is awarded for environmental science, health and energy conferring great benefit upon humanity. The Prize is endowed by gifts from the John and Alice Tyler Charitable Trusts and awardees are chosen annually by the Executive Committee. The University of Southern California administers the Tyler Prize.

Please note:
We are not accepting submissions for the 2018 cycle. Those that were nominated for the 2015, 2016, and 2017 cycles will automatically be eligible for the 2018 and 2019 cycles. The deadline to submit any additional information to existing nominations is July 31, 2017.

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Selection Criteria

Prizes are awarded for any one of the following:

  • The protection, maintenance, improvement or understanding of an ecological or an environmental condition anywhere in the world.
  • The discovery, further development, improvement, or understanding of known or new sources of energy.
  • Medical discoveries or achievements with such worldwide implications that they significantly benefit environmental aspects of human health.


Living individuals or public or private institutions of any nation are eligible for nomination.

Who May Nominate

Persons or institutions eligible to make nominations include, but are not limited to: any individuals or entity in fields such as biology, oceanography, geology, medicine, public health, chemistry, physics, engineering and social sciences.

Self nominations are not accepted.

Nomination Procedures

Initial nominations:

Nominations must be submitted in the English language and include the following information as requested on the Nomination Form and emailed to:

Full names, addresses etc. of Nominee (individual or institution) and Nominator.

A one to two-page summary of the individual's or institution’s accomplishments, discovery, improvement, or other contribution for which the award is proposed, including links to appropriate websites.

A list of three to five individuals who would be ready to provide reference letters if the nomination is advanced to the short-list.

In the case of a nomination for an individual a Curriculum Vitae should be attached with links to appropriate publications, reports and websites featuring the unique contribution(s) for which the nomination is being made.

All initial nominations will be reviewed by the Executive Committee and select a short-list of nominees for whom additional information will be required. All nominators will be notified October 9th as to whether or not their nominee has advanced to the short list.

Submission must be sent electronically to

Length of Candidacy

All nominees will be considered for three years beginning with the first year of nomination.

Nomination Deadline

For existing nominations only: July 31, 2017


Email Nominations to:

Tax Provisions

Individual recipients will have the following options pursuant to the applicable provisions of the US Tax Reform Act of 1986:

  • Receive all of the Prize money.
  • Designate one or more charitable institutions appropriately qualified by the US Internal Revenue Service to receive the money.
  • A combination of the above.

Any funds retained by an individual recipient and not transferred to a charitable institution as referred to, above, will be subject to federal income tax in the United States, under the provisions of the Tax Reform Act of 1986.

For general information, the nomination procedure or candidacy please contact:

Amber Brown
The Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement

+1 213-740-9760 Telephone
+1 213-740-1313 Fax




For More Information on the Tyler Prize, Contact:
Amber Brown, Administrator