The call for applications for the ASPIRE Prize 2018 is now closed.
The Australian Academy of Science invites applications from Australian researchers for the APEC Science Prize for Innovation, Research and Education (ASIPIRE) Prize for 2018.
The ASPIRE Prize is an annual award, valued at $25,000 USD (approximately $32,000 – $34,000 AUD), which recognises young scientists from APEC economies who have demonstrated a commitment to both excellence in scientific research, as evidenced by scholarly publication, and cooperation with scientists from other APEC member economies.
The ASPIRE Prize supports APEC’s mission to:
Each year the APEC host economy is asked to provide a theme to guide nominations for the ASPIRE Prize to be awarded in their host year. For its host year of 2018, Papua New Guinea has selected Smart Technologies for Healthy Societies as the ASPIRE nominating theme. This interdisciplinary theme focuses on how scientists are capitalising on smart technologies and digital platforms to provide better health care access and services across the APEC region.
Each member economy, through its representative on the APEC Policy Partnership for Science, Technology and Innovation (PPSTI), is invited to nominate one young scientist under the age of 40 (as of 31 December 2018) to be considered for the 2018 ASPIRE Prize. Nominees should demonstrate excellence in scientific research and cooperation with scientists from other APEC member economies in subjects such as:
Given the important role of science cooperation and research to support economic prosperity across the region, the Australian Government and the Australian Academy of Science are running a national competition to select three Australian finalists. The winner of the national competition, along with other economies’ candidates, will be nominated for the ASPIRE prize which will be presented at an award ceremony during the Tenth APEC PPSTI meeting in Papua New Guinea later this year.
Applications will be assessed on the following APEC criteria:
The selection panel will also take into consideration the extent to which the applicant uses science to solve real-world problems and/or whether their scientific outputs have practical applications.
Relevance of the application to the Australian Government’s Science and Research Priorities is not a requirement but will be highly regarded. Australian Government priority areas are:
The application must be submitted by the research office or grants office of the applicant’s institution. Applications from individuals will not be accepted. Each institution may only submit one application on behalf of one early-career researcher (ECR).
Eligible research institutions include:
The ECR must:
Australia may nominate one young scientist from Australia under the age of 40 to be considered for the 2018 ASPIRE prize.
The top three Australian ranked applicants from this competition will receive a prize of $2,000 (AUD) each. 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 for Science, Technology, and Innovation working group for selection as the 2017 ASPIRE Prize winner, with prize money in the amount of $25,000 USD (equivalent to $32,000 – $34,000 AUD).
The Academy will provide the six most highly ranked applicants to the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science as a shortlist. The selection of the successful applicant by the Department will be final.
The letter of recommendation should be from either:
The letter of recommendation should be on letterhead and address the following:
Completed applications including supporting documentation must be submitted electronically, preferably in PDF format, by a research office or grants office if from the private sector, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Notification of outcome: mid-May 2018
Applications are considered carefully against the selection criteria by a committee of scientists with diverse expertise. The decisions of the committee are based upon the assessed competitiveness of the proposal. Neither the Academy nor the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science are able to enter into discussion or correspondence regarding the reasons why an application is successful or not.
For further information contact:
Australian Academy of Science
GPO Box 783
Canberra ACT 2601
This program is supported by the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
The following early- and mid-career researchers were named as finalists for Australia’s nomination to the APEC Science Prize for Innovation, Research and Education (ASPIRE).
|Professor Dayong Jin||University of Technology Sydney|
|Dr Mohsen Rahmani||Australian National University|
|Associate Professor Sharath Sriram||RMIT University|
Professor Dayong Jin was named as Australia’s nominee for the 2017 ASPIRE Prize. Find out more about the 2017 finalists
|Dr Lee Baumgartner||Charles Sturt University|
|Dr Margaret Hardy||University of Queensland|
|Dr Wei Xu||Murdoch University|
Dr Lee Baumgartner was named as Australia’s nominee for the 2016 ASPIRE Prize. Find out more about the 2016 finalists
|Dr Jaclyn Brown||CSIRO|
|Dr Katharine Haynes||Macquarie University|
|Dr Hannah Power||University of Newcastle|
Dr Katharine Haynes was named as Australia’s nominee for the 2015 ASPIRE Prize. Find out more about the 2015 finalists
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