The APEC Science Prize for Innovation, Research and Education (“ASPIRE”) is an annual award which recognizes young scientists 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, including inclusive and interdisciplinary collaborations.
The ASPIRE Prize supports APEC’s mission to:
- Strengthen international science and technology networks;
- Enhance economic growth, trade and investment opportunities in harmony with sustainable development, through policies, innovative R&D and technologies, and knowledge sharing; and
- Improve linkages and efficiency between research and innovation.
ASPIRE 2023 NOMINATION THEME: INCLUSIVE SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, AND INNOVATION FOR A RESILIENT AND SUSTAINABLE ENVIRONMENT
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 2023, the United States selects the ASPIREPrize theme: “Inclusive Science, Technology, and Innovation for a Resilient and Sustainable Environment.”
This theme focuses on advancing environmental resiliency and sustainability through science, technology, and innovation that centers on diverse perspectives, and promotes an inclusive scientific ecosystem. Unlocking the diversity of thought and experience can expand the boundaries of scientific knowledge, which is vital to fundamental research and underpins resilient and sustainable solutions to global environmental and societal challenges.
The theme highlights scientific research dedicated to inclusivity at all stages of career development. This goal additionally incorporates all facets of society in an effort to shape a more balanced world. This may include research that encourages the increased societal connectivity of underserved and marginalized populations, promotes self-sustaining ecosystems, or achieves solutions to mitigate public health risks. Action toward this end may take various forms: enhancing climate mitigation and resilience; reducing disaster risk; promoting food security, safety, and agriculture biotechnology; tackling environmental challenges; or fostering an enabling environment to accomplish these goals. Nominees should demonstrate a commitment to excellence in scientific research and cooperation with scientists from other APEC member economies, including inclusive and interdisciplinary collaborations in subjects such as: biology, oceanography, chemistry, environmental science, public health, economics, data sciences, social sciences, and other relevant fields.
Any citizen of an APEC member economy is eligible to be nominated for the ASPIRE Prize. He/she must be at the time of his/her nomination and be under the age of 40 as of 31 December of that year (i.e., all 2023 nominees must be under the age of 40 as of 31 December 2023).
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 to be considered for the 2023 ASPIRE Prize.
Once nominations are received, PPSTI members rank the nominees through a selection ballot to determine the winner. PPSTI members are asked to judge the nominees based on how well they have demonstrated:
- Excellence in scientific research, as evidenced through scholarly publication;
- Commitment to cooperation with scientists from other APEC member economies; and
- Contribution to the theme of “Inclusive science, technology, and innovation for a resilient and sustainable environment.”
ASPIRE PRIZE SPONSORS
Wiley and Elsevier, two of the world’s leading publishers of scholarly scientific knowledge, have generously committed to funding prize money in the amount of $25,000 USD.
In addition, the selected nominee representing Malaysia 2023 will receive a cash prize of RM2,500.00 and will be competing with selected nominees from other APEC countries.
Thank you for your interest in being selected to represent MALAYSIA for the 2023 ASPIRE Prize. Please attached the required documents below and click the submit button to depose your documents.
REQUIRED DOCUMENTS IN PDF FORMAT:
- Local Nomination form (Download the form provided)
- Nominee’s curriculum vitae (must include a self-portrait)
- One(1) recommendation letter to support your nomination
- A photo of nominee (image must be larger than 250*300 pixels) *JPEG format
DEADLINE OF APPLICATION
The application will be closed on 1st May 2023 (Monday) on 12.00PM. Incomplete or late application shall not be considered.