Call for applications for 2021 APEC ASPIRE Prize

Monday, 22 March, 2021

Call for applications for 2021 APEC ASPIRE Prize

The Australian Academy of Science invites applications from Australian researchers for the APEC Science Prize for Innovation, Research and Education (ASPIRE Prize) for 2021. The deadline for applications is 9 am (AEST) on 27 April 2021.

The ASPIRE Prize is an annual award, valued at US$25,000, 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 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.

The theme chosen for this year is Diverse Knowledge for a Sustainable Future. This 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.

To be eligible, Australian researchers must be under 40 years of age at 31 December 2021 and be an Australian citizen, or an Australian permanent resident who is a citizen of an APEC member economy and living in Australia at time of application. Nominees should demonstrate a commitment to excellence in scientific research, and cooperation with scientists from other APEC member economies in subjects such as biology, chemistry, environmental science, physics, mathematics and other relevant fields.

For more information or to submit an application form, click here.

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