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Are you a young scientist from the  Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) economies? Ten you should apply for the APEC Science Prize for Innovation Research and Education (ASPIRE) 2021. 

The ASPIRE Prize is an annual award which recognises young scientists from the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) economies who have demonstrated a commitment to both excellence in scientific research.

Application Deadline: April 27, 2021

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Benefits

  • The top three Australian ranked applicants from this competition will receive a prize of A$2,000 each. 
  • The highest-ranked applicant will become the Australian nominee for the ASPIRE Prize.
  • The nominees from each APEC member economy will be considered by the full APEC Policy Partnership on Science, Technology and Innovation working group.
  • The 2021 ASPIRE Prize winner wins a prize money of US$25,000.

Eligibility

The opportunity is open to applicants :

  • Under the age of 40 at December 31, 2021.
  • From an eligible research Institute.
  • Who are Australian citizens, or are Australian permanent residents who are citizens of an APEC member economy and are living in Australia at the time of submitting the application.

Specifications

Eligible research institutions include:

  • Higher education Institutions/provider
  • Publicly funded research agencies, defined as an Australian organisation to which the following criteria apply:
    • it is at least 50% owned or controlled by the Commonwealth or an Australian state or territory government primarily carries out research and development activities
    • is providing services, or making facilities available, in relation to science and technology, training of persons in the field of scientific or technological research, or collecting, interpreting or publishing information relating to science or technology
  • Cooperative research centres
  • Incorporated Australian private and not-for-profit research organisations

Applications will be assessed on the following APEC criteria:

  • Excellence in scientific research, as evidenced through scholarly publication
  • Commitment to cooperation with scientists from other APEC member economies.
  • Contribution to the theme of Diverse Knowledge for a Sustainable Future.

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Application Instructions

Applications are to be submitted here by a research office or grants office, and must include the following attachments as PDF files:

  • APEC nomination form
  • Proof of Australian citizenship/Australian permanent residency
  • Candidate’s curriculum
  • Letter of support for nomination. Notes for referees
  • Photo of nominee (image must be larger than 250×300 pixels)

About the APEC Science Prize

The ASPIRE Prize is an annual award which recognises young scientists from the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) economies who have demonstrated a commitment to both excellence in scientific research.

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

Key Dates and Order of Program

Application deadline is 9:00am AEST, Tuesday 27 April 2021.

Notification of outcome: late May 2021

  • 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. 

For its host year of 2021, New Zealand has selected Diverse Knowledge for a Sustainable Future’ as the ASPIRE nominating theme.

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