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The call for applications for the ASPIRE Prize 2020 is now open.
The ASPIRE Prize is an annual award, valued at US$25,000 (approximately A$36,000 – $37,000), 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 2020, Malaysia selects ‘Biodiversity for a Prosperous Economy’ as the ASPIRE nominating theme.
Biodiversity is foundational for human health as it underpins the functioning of our ecosystems and its study crosses many scientific disciplines. This theme focuses on scientists’ contributions to biodiversity for prosperous economies across the APEC region by driving research that contributes to local livelihoods, traditional and modern medicines, and economic development.
Each member economy, through its representative on the APEC Policy Partnership on Science, Technology and Innovation (PPSTI), is invited to nominate one young scientist under the age of 40 (at 31 December 2020) to be considered for the 2020 ASPIRE Prize.
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 16th APEC PPSTI meeting in Malaysia tentatively scheduled for August 2020.
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.
Please note that applications submitted to APEC directly will be sent to the Academy for review.
The applicant must:
Eligible research institutions include:
Australia may nominate one young scientist from Australia under the age of 40 to be considered for the 2020 ASPIRE Prize.
The top three Australian ranked applicants from this competition will receive a prize of A$2000 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 on Science, Technology, and Innovation working group for selection as the 2020 ASPIRE Prize winner, with prize money in the amount of US$25,000 (equivalent to A$36,000 – $37,000).
Applications are to be submitted online and must include the following attachments as pdf files:
DEADLINE – 11:59pm (AEST) Friday 15 May 2020
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.
The Academy will provide a shortlist of the six highest ranked applicants to the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources, who will select the Australian nominee and finalists. The selection of the successful applicants by the Department will be final.
Applications are considered carefully against the selection criteria by a committee of scientists with diverse expertise. The decisions of the committee are based on the assessed competitiveness of the proposal. Neither the Academy nor the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources is able to enter into discussion or correspondence regarding the reasons why an application is or isn’t successful.
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.
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