2018 U.S. ASPIRE Competition
In its eighth 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 Wiley and Elsevier, holds an annual competition to identify the scientist to represent the United States on the APEC stage. Last year, a record number of applicants in the United States were received for the theme of “New Materials Technology,” and the U.S. nominee was chosen by a panel of scientific experts throughout the U.S. government.
This year’s ASPIRE theme, Smart Technologies for Healthy Societies, echoes Papua New Guinea’s APEC host year theme, Harnessing Inclusive Opportunities, Embracing the Digital Future. With the emergence of smart technologies deployed in the health field, APEC economies have the opportunity to leverage innovations to advance healthcare and to increase health access in urban and rural communities alike.
Each APEC economy may nominate one individual under 40 years of age in its economy 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, but not limited to: biomedical technology, healthcare supply chains, pharmaceutical technology, point-of-care systems, wearable technology, self-help devices, artificial gene fusion, medical Informatics, cell surface display techniques, robotics, nanomedicine, 3D printing and continuous manufacturing, blockchain technology, and other relevant fields.
The deadline for U.S. nominees is April 20th, 2018 using this application. Young scientists from the United States who are engaged in research and/or product commercialization within any of the fields listed 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 roundtable in Washington, D.C. in June/July 2018 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 PPSTI meeting in August 2018. Wiley and Elsevier, publishers of scholarly scientific knowledge, are sponsors of the initiative.