Once the application window has closed, the Prize administrators will review each application to verify that it is complete, and that the applicant meets the basic qualifications for the prize.

The pool of qualified applicants will then be judged through a four-phase process.  The evaluation criteria at all stages are the same

Evaluation Criteria

The criteria presented below has been tailored to the requirements of this Prize. A total of 100 points are possible with the completion of the application.

Scientific Excellence (50 pts)

  1. Applicant clearly demonstrates not only a strong understanding of what healthcare is all about, but specifically how her research, technology or business model relates to the prize topic of preventive healthcare. Applicant demonstrates how their work targets one or more of the following goals:
  • Demonstrate activities to prevent and / or minimize the source of disease
  • Create an impact in improving public health or preventing occurrence of disease
  • Show the benefits of preventive healthcare for the communities
  • Applicant provides concrete examples of her work. (20 pts)
  1. Applicant provides examples of relevant and impactful awards or merits for her work. Higher scores will be reserved for well-established awards. (10 pts)
  2. Applicant’s work appears to be highly esteemed. Think about: Has she been featured in media placements, policy briefs, or academic journals? Does her work suggest that she is an influencer in the space? (10 pts)
  3. Applicant outlines clear areas for growth potential in her career. Applicant demonstrates excitement, passion, and motivation for her field of work. Higher scores will be reserved for applicants who specifically demonstrate how they’d like to continue to improve in the field of preventive healthcare. (10 pts)

Mentoring, inspiring, and supporting women and up-and-coming female members of the STEM community (25 pts)

  1. Applicant shows clear level of involvement in mentoring, supporting and/or empowering female students, colleagues or other women in STEM. Applicant provides specific examples when possible and demonstrates passion and drive to create a gender-inclusive STEM environment. (10 pts)
  2. Applicant clearly demonstrates how her work accounts for gender in the practice of preventive healthcare strategies. She explains how work specifically targets or thinks about women have been able to become a change agent in this area. (9pts)
  3. Applicant provides examples of how she strives to improve opportunities for women in STEM. Applicant should note any involvement or membership in/with organizations focused on gender inclusivity. Applicant provides details about the organization and her unique role/contribution. (6 pts)

Global Citizen (25 pts)

  1. Applicant shows a strong connection between her work and improving the implementation of preventive healthcare methods in ASEAN as a region. Applicant demonstrates how she uses science, technology and innovation to achieve these goals. (10 pts)
  2. Applicant demonstrates an active role in scientific collaboration with scientists/scientific communities of practice across ASEAN to improve the regional value chain as a whole. Higher points will be awarded to applicants who provide concrete examples of collaboration. (9 pts)
  3. Applicant shows how her work impacts her local community, country and the greater ASEAN region. Applicant provides examples where possible. Applicant sees larger role for her work across the greater ASEAN region and the world. (6 pts)

There will be four phases to the selection process:

  1. Short listing of applicants
  2. Selection of the National Finalists
  3. Selection of the two Regional Finalists
  4. Selection of winner and honorable mention through a head-to-head pitch competition during ASEAN – U.S. Consultation Meeting on Science, Technology and Innovation

Please note that applicants will only be notified if they make it to the national-finalist phase.

A. Short Listing of Applicants

All submitted documents of eligible applicants will be reviewed against the evaluation criteria above by the ASEAN Secretariat, USAID and UL. Each group will submit its ranking of the applications from each country to the prize administrators.  The Prize administrators will then average the ranks to identify the top five applicants for each country.  If there is a tie, the relative ranking provided by UL will be used to identify the fifth short-listed candidate.

B. Selection of National Finalists

Each AMS will be asked to review the five short-listed applicants and select its national finalist using the evaluation criteria above. The decision of the AMS is final.

Prize administrators will notify each national finalist of her status by 20 March 2020. Upon receiving word of her selection, each national finalist will be asked to submit a short video to aid in the final judging committee’s decision. National finalists will have two weeks from the time of notice to submit videos. These videos will also be utilized in a social media campaign to highlight the work of each of the anticipated ten national finalists. National finalists will receive further detail of what should be included in their video upon notice of national finalist status.

C. Selection of Two Regional Finalists

The ASEAN Committee on Science, Technology, and Innovation (COSTI), ASEAN Secretariat, USAID, and UL will then evaluate the submissions of the national finalists to select the two regional finalists.  The evaluation criteria will be as set out above.  Each country representative from COSTI will be asked to submit their rank ordering of candidates.  The ten rankings will be averaged to determine the combined COSTI ranking.  The COSTI, ASEAN Secretariat, USAID, and UL rankings will then be averaged to determine the two regional finalists.  In case of a tie, the COSTI ranking will be used to determine the second regional finalist.

The two Regional Finalists will be asked to prepare an abstract, resume and presentation material for and to travel to the pitch competition in Lao PDR on June 2020. The two finalists will be notified of their selection and aided in their travel arrangements in early June 2020.

D. Selection of Winner and Honorable Mention — Pitch Competition

The two Regional Finalists will be invited to attend ASEAN – U.S. Consultation Meeting on Science, Technology and Innovation on June 2020 in lao PDR where they will compete in a head-to-head pitch competition. The pitch will determine the overall winner and honorable mentioned of the prize. The Regional Finalists will be required to give no more than a five-minute presentation of their work and answer questions from the judging panel.

The judges at this stage will be the 10 COSTI members as well as single representatives of USAID, UL and the ASEAN Secretariat. Judges will vote one of the two regional finalists based on the quality of the presentations, videos, resume and abstract. The committee will collect and calculate the votes. The highest total vote will become a winner and the other will awarded honorable mention.

E. Transfer of Award

The transfer of the Prize funds will come directly from UL. The winner will receive $20,000 and the honorable mention will receive $5,000.