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APEC Science Prize for Innovation, Research and Education (“ASPIRE”) Competition 2016

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Application Deadline: May 1st 2016

The APEC Science Prize for Innovation, Research and Education (“ASPIRE”) 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:

  • 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.

ASPIRE 2016: Technologies for Food Security

Each year the APEC host economy is asked to provide a theme to guide nominations for the ASPIRE Prize to be awarded in their host year. For its host year of 2016 Peru selects “Technologies for Food Security” as the ASPIRE nominating theme. This theme focuses on innovative technologies that enhance food security, food safety, and nutrition to build resilient and healthy communities across the region.


The U.S. ASPIRE Competition finalists will be selected by a committee composed of representatives from the U.S. State Department and other scientific foundations and institutions. The applicants will be judged based on how well they have demonstrated:

  • excellence in scientific research in the area of “Technologies for Food Security,” as evidenced through scholarly publication;
  • commitment to cooperation with scientists from other APEC member economies; and
  • contribution to the theme of “Technologies for Food Security” as demonstrated by the impact of the applicant’s work on APEC economies through commercialized research and market-led innovation.

The applicant must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident who is under the age of 40 as of December 31, 2016.


All interested applicants should submit all required documents to and cc (Douglas Herrin) and (Christin Kjelland) by midnight May 1, U.S. Pacific Standard Time. The application should be a single PDF, titled “Date of Submission_ASPIRE APPLICANT – name of applicant.”

U.S. ASPIRE Prize Application Form

Required documents for applicant submission are submitted as one PDF:

1) Application form;

2) Curriculum Vitae;

3) Up to two letters of recommendation for consideration;

4) Photo of Applicant (image must be larger than 250*300 pixels). This will only be used if the applicant becomes a finalists or is selected as U.S. nominee finalists for the 2016 ASPIRE Prize.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Aspire Prize 2016

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