AlgaePrize 2023–2025 is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office and supported by the Algae Foundation and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Part of DOE’s American-Made program, the competition challenges students to become the next generation of bioeconomy professionals by expanding novel solutions to production, processing, and new product development on the way to gigaton-scale algae commercialization.
Products made from algae are a natural solution to the energy, food, economic, and climate challenges facing our world today. Algae have the power to put fuels in our vehicles, recycle carbon dioxide, provide nutritious food, and create jobs.
The AlgaePrize spans two academic years. Student teams competing in the AlgaePrize range from high school through graduate programs. Competitors will ultimately support the nation’s biofuel research, algal commercial enhancement, and promote industry-driven education, training, and workforce development. The AlgaePrize will assist in establishing the competitors as serious candidates for the next generation of bioeconomy positions and entrepreneurial opportunities.
Student competitors will:
The three areas of interest for the AlgaePrize include both microalgae and macroalgae. Student teams should focus their project on one of the following areas of interest:
Student teams will prepare creative solutions for real-world issues in the algae value chain, and selected finalist teams will complete a research project and attend the AlgaePrize competition event where teams:
In addition to researching and developing new ideas and technologies, the AlgaePrize will support diversity and inclusion throughout the student teams and judging panels, and showcase the resource potential of algal biomass in the United States to produce billions of gallons of economical, renewable diesel and jet fuels.
The final five champion teams will be offered an opportunity to share their technology advancement as part of a national algae conference, such as the Algae Biomass Summit in the fall of 2025.
The AlgaePrize 2023-2025 competition is open to teams of two or more students currently enrolled in a U.S.-based high school, community college, college, university, or graduate program. Students may begin registering on Sept. 29, 2023. To participate, teams must complete registration by Nov. 1, 2023, by 12 p.m. ET.
To view the full competition details—including official rules, eligibility, requirements, and timeline—visit the AlgaePrize Competition HeroX website.
For questions about the AlgaePrize, email AlgaePrize@ee.doe.gov.