2021 APEC ASPIRE Prize open for applications

March 31, 2021

The Academy invites applications from researchers to be selected as the Australian nominee for the 2021 APEC Science Prize for Innovation, Research and Education (ASPIRE Prize). For its host year of 2021, New Zealand has selected ‘Diverse Knowledge for a Sustainable Future’ as the ASPIRE nominating theme.

The theme focuses on researcher insights from indigenous and ethnic minority cultures and communities to help inform new frontiers in science, technology and innovation. This may include research that explores interactions between traditional and contemporary approaches to knowledge and science, as well as applications such as better management of natural resources, healthcare and agricultural systems.

The top three Australian ranked applicants from this competition will each receive a prize of A$2000. The highest-ranked applicant will become the Australian nominee for the ASPIRE Prize. The nominees from each APEC member economy will then be considered by the full APEC Policy Partnership on Science, Technology and Innovation working group for selection as the 2021 ASPIRE Prize winner, with prize money of US$25,000 (equivalent to A$32,000 – $35,000).

Applications close 27 April 2021.

More information on the 2021 ASPIRE Prize

Associate Professor Madhu Bhaskaran was named as Australia’s nominee for the 2018 ASPIRE Prize, and went on to win the prize in August 2018. Watch the video below about her research.

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