AlgaePrize 2023-2025 Finalist Graphic

Collage of AlgaePrize 2023–2025 finalist teams

Congratulations to the 15 teams advancing as finalists in the U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) AlgaePrize 2023–2025 competition! The teams, which include students from high schools, community colleges, and universities from 11 states across the United States and Puerto Rico, will each receive $10,000 in funding to support their research projects over the next 16 months. "The AlgaePrize has proven to be the nation’s premier algal-based student research competition,” said BETO Director Dr. Valerie Sarisky-Reed. “We are excited again this year to see the innovative research ideas from these diverse teams and look forward to learning how their final research conclusions will harness the potential of algae for a cleaner, more sustainable, and more prosperous world.”

Finalists for the second iteration of the AlgaePrize were selected by a panel of judges based on detailed synopses that described each team’s proposed research plan within the AlgaePrize’s areas of interest. 

The competition will culminate with teams presenting their projects during the AlgaePrize Competition Weekend, April 11–13, 2025, at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado. Judges will select five teams as the AlgaePrize winners, with each winning team receiving $10,000. From those five, one Grand Champion team will be selected to receive an additional $15,000 prize. 

Learn more about the AlgaePrize and the finalist teams. 

The AlgaePrize is sponsored by BETO with support from the Algae Foundation and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. The AlgaePrize is part of the American-Made Challenges, a series of prize competitions designed to incentivize and reenergize American innovation in the energy marketplace.