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The APEC Science Prize for Innovation, Research and Education 2020

The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) is currently accepting nominations from qualified applicants for the 2020 APEC Science Prize for Innovation, Research and Education (“ASPIRE”) awards.

This 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:

  1. strengthen international science and technology networks;
  2. enhance economic growth, trade and investment opportunities in harmony with sustainable development, through policies, innovative R&D and technologies, and knowledge sharing; and
  3. improve linkages and efficiency between research and innovation.   

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About APEC

The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), is an economic group of 21 members, formed in 1989, with the primary goal of promoting free trade and sustainable development in the Pacific Rim economies. The creation of APCE was primarily in response to the increasing interdependence of Asia-Pacific economies The creation of APCE was primarily in response to the increasing interdependence of Asia-Pacific economies. Also, the proliferation of regional economic blocs, such as the European Union (EU) and the, now defunct, North American Free Trade Area (NAFTA), encouraged its formation.... read more


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APEC ASPIRE Research Award

  • Type Postgraduate
  • OrganisationAPEC
  • Country to study -
  • School to study -
  • Course to study Not specified
  • State of Origin
  • Gender Men and Women
  • Application Deadline January 1, 1970

Aim and Benefits of APEC ASPIRE Research Award

Wiley and Elsevier, two of the world’s leading publishers of scholarly scientific knowledge, have committed to funding prize money in the amount of $25,000 USD. 


Requirements for APEC ASPIRE Research Award Qualification

  1. Any citizen of an APEC member economy is eligible to be nominated for the ASPIRE Prize. 
  2. 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 2020 nominees must be under the age of 40 as of 31 December 2020). 

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Interview date, Process and Venue for APEC ASPIRE Research Award

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.

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:

  1. Excellence in scientific research, as evidenced through scholarly publication;
  2. Commitment to cooperation with scientists from other APEC member economies; and
  3. Contribution to the theme of “Biodiversity for a Prosperous Economy.”

The winner will be recognized at an award ceremony during the 16th APEC PPSTI Meeting in Malaysia tentatively scheduled for August 2020.


Application Deadline

January 1, 1970


How to Apply

Individually qualified applicants are encouraged to complete the “Local Nomination Form” and send it to PPSTI Program Director Ms. Eva Nakamura ([email protected]) by 24 April 2020 so it may be directed toward local economy reviewers.

For more details, visit APEC website



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