the Science Prize
The United States Government, in partnership with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Underwriters Laboratories, aims to strengthen ASEAN science and technology capacity and gender equality through an annual Underwriters Laboratories-ASEAN-U.S. Science Prize for Women (“Prize”). The 2022 Prize will provide promising, ASEAN-national, Mid-career and Senior female scientists with recognition awards from ASEAN and the United States government and Underwriters Laboratories for their academic and professional achievements.
The 2022 Prize will emphasize the role of female scientists who have used their work to improve the society in sustainable ways and have acted as role models for other women learning, working in, and pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). This year, the Prize focuses on the theme of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Health and Safety.
Along with recognition for their achievements, the winners are eligible to receive a cash award of $12,500 each for both the Senior Scientist and the Mid-career Scientist categories. Additionally, the runner-up finalists in each category will receive an honorable mention and $5,000.
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) brings together Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Viet Nam
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to promote and demonstrate democratic values and advance a free, peaceful and prosperous world.
Underwriters Laboratories is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the UL public safety mission through the discovery and application of scientific knowledge. We conduct rigorous independent research and analyze safety data, convene experts worldwide to address risks, share knowledge through safety education and public outreach initiatives, and develop standards to guide safe commercialization of evolving […]
Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Health and Safety
An aging population and growing global health threats such as the COVID-19 pandemic necessitate strengthening of the health ecosystem in ASEAN, including the health facilities, human resources in the health sector, and the delivery system of the medical treatments to the customers. Artificial intelligence (AI) can play an important role in delivering better and more affordable healthcare services to over 660 million inhabitants of ASEAN. In addition to healthcare, safety-critical AI is being used in a variety of industries, including chemical and process control, maintenance and predictive analytics, and smart home applications. Robust and trustworthy AI systems are critical to the physical safety and security of people.
The use of AI in Southeast Asia is still nascent. Strengthening the region’s AI ecosystem, data governance, and infrastructure, as well as addressing regulations that inhibit AI development could increase the adoption of AI. Further, thorough research is needed not only to advance cutting edge AI technology in areas such as healthcare and workplace safety, but to ensure the responsible application of AI. Through these efforts, enabling greater use of AI could improve the health and safety of millions of people and support COVID-19 economic recovery efforts.
Against this backdrop, the 2022 Underwriters Laboratories-ASEAN-U.S. Science Prize for Women will focus on AI in health and safety, including the use of AI to bring about positive health or safety outcomes. The prize contest is open to female applicants in two categories (Mid-career and Senior Scientists) who are engaged in research related to AI in health or safety in the region and who may serve as role models for other women working in and pursuing careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields. Applications are welcome from researchers or lecturers in universities or research institutes as well as from scientists/researchers/experts/technologists/innovators from governmental bodies and private sector or even any environmental activists from Civil Society Organizations (CSO) or Non-Government Organizations (NGO).
Current & Past Finalists
Dr. Neni Sintawardani (Senior Scientist Category) – Indonesia – Underwriters Laboratories-ASEAN-U.S. Science Prize for Women 2021 Winner
Dr. Li Hongying (Mid-career Scientist Category) – Singapore – Underwriters Laboratories-ASEAN-U.S. Science Prize for Women 2021 Winner
Recent Honorable Mentions:
Current and Past National Finalists:
Mid Career Scientist Category
Senior Scientist Category
The prize administrators may cancel solicitation and not award The prize administrators may reject any or all responses received Issuance of solicitation does not constitute an award commitment The Prize administrators reserve the right to disqualify any application based on a candidate’s failure to follow solicitation instructions The Prize administrators will not compensate applicants for […]
Press Releases The U.S. Mission to ASEAN Press Release and ASEAN Press Release for the Launch of the Underwriters Laboratories-ASEAN -U.S. Science Prize for Women 2022. ASEAN Press Release and US Mission to ASEAN Press Release Winner of the ASEAN – U.S. Science Prize for Women 2020 Announced National Finalists of the ASEAN – U.S. Science Prize […]
By submitting an entry application or accepting a prize, each candidate grants to USAID, the U.S. Mission to ASEAN, ASEAN, Underwriters Laboratories, and ASEAN-USAID-IGNITE the irrevocable right without any further notice, review or consent to print, publish, broadcast, distribute, and use, worldwide in any media now known or hereafter developed including, but not limited to, […]
Review process for the two categories consists of four stages which are set below. Stage 1 – Screening for eligibility Stage 2 – Selection of the National Finalists for each category Stage 3 – Selection of the two Regional Finalists for each category Stage 4 – Selection of winner for each category Stage 1 – […]
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