Andrew Tein
Andrew Tein
Vice President, Global Government Affairs, Wiley

What is the ASPIRE Prize?

Wiley co-founded the ASPIRE Prize (the APEC Science Prize for Innovation, Research and Education) in 2011 in the spirit of fostering international collaboration among scientific researchers. As a Vietnam.jpgleading publisher of scientific research, we deeply understand how encouraging a focus on solving global problems can accelerate scientific breakthroughs and make the world a better place.


The international prize has become an annual celebration at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), the leading forum in the Asia Pacific that facilitates cooperation among the 21 member economies (Australia; Brunei Darussalam; Canada; Chile; China; Hong Kong, China; Indonesia; Japan; Malaysia; Mexico; New Zealand; Papua New Guinea; Peru; The Philippines; Russia; Singapore; Republic of Korea; Chinese Taipei; Thailand; The United States and Viet Nam). APEC serves as the premier platform to promote economic growth, cooperation, trade and investment as well as science and innovation across the 21 governments.

Who is Eligible?

Each year, the APEC member economies nominate young scientists who have published groundbreaking research in the ASPIRE Prize theme of the year and, most importantly, demonstrate a commitment to cross-border cooperation with scientists from other APEC member economies.  Since 2011, the Prize has been awarded to young scientists from Australia, China, Hong Kong, Korea, and the United States.  Last year’s winner was Dr. Hua Kuang of China, who won the prize for for her work in the development of low-cost biosensors that detect food sanitation hazards.


The Prize is now entering its seventh year under the theme “New Material Technologies.” President and CEO of Wiley, Mark Allin, noted that “The field of material sciences holds a rich range of applications in various fields.” We are excited to honor young scientists who are applying material sciences in a broad range of usages – from using novel materials in the field of healthcare to material processing for waste, this diverse field of study has a rich range of applications indeed! In order to recognize more young scientists and celebrate their work in this field, the U.S. State Department, with the co-sponsorship of Wiley and Elsevier, is hosting a U.S. ASPIRE Competition to seek out excellent young scientists working in the fields of new material technologies to become the US ASPIRE nominee. The selected US nominee will receive a $3,000 prize and the opportunity to represent the United States to compete against young scientist from the other APEC economies.  The final winner of the APEC ASPIRE prize will receive a $25,000 prize and be honored at an award ceremony in Viet Nam where the winner will showcase his or her research internationally with science officials from APEC economies.


How to Apply

If you are under 40, have conducted research in the field of material science, and have partnered with international scientists, this is an excellent opportunity. The U.S. ASPIRE Competition closes its application on February 24, 2017.  Learn more about how to apply online here.


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