The iF SOCIAL IMPACT PRIZE aims to publish and support projects that contribute to our society. The idea behind it is to support civil society and its initiatives and projects. The best projects will be honored with a total prize money of EUR 50,000.


Who can apply?

Companies, design studios, NGOs, foundations, public and other organizations are welcome to submit. Unfortunately, student concepts cannot be accepted.


What do you get?

If you apply for the iF SOCIAL IMPACT PRIZE, you can benefit from many advantages which help to boost your project:

1.    Your application is free of charge.
2.    Your project will be published in the iF WORLD DESIGN GUIDE forever.
3.    You can permanently update your project with new photos, video and information.
4.    Your project will be introduced to a global design community, media and the design interested public.
5.    You can win a share of EUR 50,000 in prize money.



How to apply?

You simply have to upload your project in the iF WORLD DESIGN GUIDE. After a brief content check by us, you will receive a short confirmation. If everything is okay, your project will automatically be published and compete for the prize.


The application is free of charge.


All projects published until 6 June 2018 will be considered for the prize money of EUR 25,000 in total. The next period will end on 20 November 2018 also including a prize money of EUR 25,000.



Project requirements

You are welcome to submit all projects that contribute to solving the most urgent challenges of our time and help to improve conditions – your CSR projects or your active support for a specific aspect of society . When published, the project must already be implemented.


If you can answer one or more of the following questions with “Yes”, you can enter your project:

  • Was it already implemented?
  • Does it deal with a relevant problem?
  • Does it reflect moral-ethical standards?
  • Does it strengthen group relations?
  • Does it create a positive experience?
  • Does it balance effort and use value?


The size of the project does not really matter but the idea, the relevance of the problem, the target groups and the sustainable impact will be of interest to our online visitors. Every published project and you as a company or organization behind will also benefit from the fact being introduced to a global design community, media and the design interested public. Your project will stay online in the iF WORLD DESIGN GUIDE – without limitation in time and without any costs. It will be published in the collection "Public & Social Value".


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Prize money

The prize money of EUR 50,000 will be donated by iF. It can be awarded to one or split between several projects. The iF board members, supported by annually rotating iF team members, will decide the iF SOCIAL IMPACT PRIZE 2018 winners and divide up the prize money.


Upload supporting data

Please upload 1 or 2 images which meet the following criteria:

  • File format: JPG
  • File size: max. 5 MB
  • Image size: max. 15 megapixel (the shortest side should have min. 1536 pixel)
  • Image format: Landscape
  • Color mode: RGB

In addition, please enter:

  • Project description (text of 650 characters at maximum),
  • PDF file (required),
  • Project link (required),
  • Project video (optional).


You can edit your entry at any time.


Sign up until 20 November 2018
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Gabriele Bertemann
Gabriele Bertemann