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In its eleventh year running, the APEC Science Prize for Innovation, Research and Education (ASPIRE) is an annual award hosted by the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Policy Partnership for Science, Technology, and Innovation (PPSTI) that recognizes young scientists who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in scientific research and cross-border collaboration. Each APEC member economy identifies one nominee for the prize, and the U.S. State Department’s Office of Science and Technology Cooperation, in conjunction with the scientific publishers Wiley and Elsevier, holds an annual competition to identify the scientist to represent the United States on the APEC stage.

For 2021, the ASPIRE prize will promote innovative research that advances society through “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.  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.

Each APEC economy may nominate one individual under 40 years of age in its region for the ASPIRE Prize. The nominees will be judged on their excellence in research and cross-border collaboration with peers from other APEC economies. 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.

The deadline for U.S. nominees is May 14, 2021 using this application [9 MB]. Young scientists from the United States who are engaged in research and/or product commercialization in line with the theme noted above are strongly encouraged to put forward applications or nominate their peers.

Completed applications and any questions should be sent to ASPIREprize@state.gov.

If selected as the U.S. nominee or runner-ups, the nominee and two runner-ups will be invited to a virtual roundtable in summer 2021 and receive cash prizes of $3000 (nominee) and $1200 (two runner-ups). If selected as the APEC-wide winner, the winner will receive USD $25,000 in prize money at an award ceremony at a virtual PPSTI meeting in New Zealand notionally in August 2021. Wiley and Elsevier are sponsors of the initiative.

For more information please visit: https://www.apec.org/aspire/aspire2021. More on APEC meetings, events, projects and publications can be found on www.apec.org.

U.S. Department of State

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