OVERVIEW

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.

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 2016 NOMINATION THEME: TECHNOLOGIES FOR FOOD SECURITY

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 2016 Peru selects “Technologies for Food Security” as the ASPIRE nominating theme. This theme focuses on innovative technologies that enhance food security, food safety, and nutrition to build resilient and healthy communities across the 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 to be considered for the 2016 ASPIRE Prize. Nominees should demonstrate a commitment to excellence in scientific research, cooperation with scientists from other APEC member economies, and impact to APEC economies through commercialized research and market-led innovation in subjects such as: agricultural and environmental studies, sustainable development, agri-business management, nutrition, and other relevant disciplines.

ELIGIBILITY

Any citizen of an APEC member economy is eligible to be nominated for the ASPIRE Prize. He/she must be living at the time of his/her nomination and be under the age of 40 as of 31 December of that year (i.e., all 2016 nominees must be under the age of 40 as of 31 December 2016).

SELECTION PROCESS

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 ASPIRE Prize.

Individually qualified applicants are encouraged to complete the “Local Nomination Form” and send it to PPSTI Program Director Mr. Alex Rogers (anr13@apec.org ) by 8 April 2016 so it may be directed toward local economy reviewers.

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 “Technologies for Food Security” as demonstrated by the impact to APEC economies through commercialized research and market-led innovation.

The winner will be recognized at an award ceremony during the Eighth APEC PPSTI Meeting in Lima, Peru scheduled for August 2016.

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.

Information:

2016 ASPIRE Prize Website: http://www.apec.org/aspire