Theodore Roosevelt Genius Prize Competitions

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is excited to announce the 2022 Theodore Roosevelt Genius Prize Competitions winners! View the 2022 prize winner project summaries and photos.

The public now can help reimagine what drives wildlife conservation in the 21st century by participating in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Theodore Roosevelt Genius Prize Competitions. The competitions engage the public to help address six important issues: preventing wildlife poaching and trafficking, promoting wildlife conservation, managing  invasive species invasive species
An invasive species is any plant or animal that has spread or been introduced into a new area where they are, or could, cause harm to the environment, economy, or human, animal, or plant health. Their unwelcome presence can destroy ecosystems and cost millions of dollars.

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, protecting endangered species, managing nonlethal human-wildlife conflict, and reducing human-predator conflict. The Service is partnering with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, which helps administer the competitions. 

The submission deadline for the competitions was April 30, 2022, judging occurred May-July 2022, and winners were announced in September 2022. The total prize purse for each of the six focus areas is up to $100,000 for the winning technology innovation. One or more semi-finalists may also be awarded up to $50,000 each at the discretion of the Service. The Service may recognize additional participants with non-monetary, honorable mention awards. 

For more information, please visit, or select one of the links below for specific information on applying related to each category: 


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