The United States Government, in partnership with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and UL, aim to strengthen ASEAN science and technology capacity and gender equality through the annual ASEAN-U.S. Science Prize for Women (“Prize”).  The 2020 Prize will provide promising, ASEAN-citizen, early-to mid-career female scientists with recognition awards from ASEAN and the United States government for their academic and professional achievement.

The 2020 Prize will emphasize the role of female scientists who use their work to better society in sustainable ways and act as role models for other women working in and pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

This year, the Prize theme will focus on Preventive Healthcare in the ASEAN region. The applicants will have to clearly demonstrate not only a strong understanding of preventive healthcare, but specifically how her research, technology, impact for community, or business model supports preventive healthcare. They must demonstrate how their work targets one or more of the following goals:

  • Promote activities or design method to avoid the development of risk factors in the first place where it is called as Primal and Primordial Prevention.
  • Promote activities or design method to avoid occurrence of disease, prevent disease, minimize the source of disease and maintain a healthy environment where it is named as Primary Prevention.
  • Create or refine methods or techniques for detecting, eliminating and curing existing diseases where it is called as Secondary Prevention.
  • Create methods to reduce the harm of symptomatic disease where it is called Tertiary Prevention.

Along with recognition for their achievements, the winners are eligible to receive cash awards of $20,000 (winner) and $5,000 (honorable mention), as well as separate provisions for travel and lodging to attend a pitch competition during the ASEAN – US Consultation Meeting on Science, Technology and Innovation on June 2020 in Lao PDR and awarding ceremony during the gala dinner of ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Science, Technology and Innovation (AMMSTI) on October 2020 in Bangkok, Thailand.