William and The Royal Foundation, his charity, created the prize in 2020, inspired by President John F. Kennedy’s 1962 "Moonshot” speech, which challenged Americans to reach the moon by the end the decade.
The foundation stated that this year's prizes will be awarded to projects that target "tipping points" issues, where there are significant opportunities to bring about positive changes over the next few decades. These include personal transport, agriculture that restores nature, buildings that minimize pollution and energy consumption, and initiatives that prolong the lives of clothing, food, and plastic products.
William stated that he was excited to see the solutions the prize will champion in the coming year. "We are determined to go even further in 2022 by seeking more nominations from all corners of the globe, so that we can spotlight and scale the best ideas and innovations that will put the planet on a sustainable track and protect it for future generations."