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ProSPER.Net-Scopus Young Researcher Award 2010


The Prosper.Net-Scopus Young Scientist Award in Sustainable Development is given annually to young scientists or researchers, based in the Asia-Pacific region, who have made significant contributions in the area of Sustainable Development.


For 2010, awards will be given in each of four areas:  Energy, Water, Agriculture & Food Security, and Economics, Business & Management. 



Subtopics include but are not limited to:


  • Sustainable water resource management
  • Regional cooperation for conservation of water resources
  • Conservation of wetlands, watershed and ecosystem planning
  • Flooding, flood forecasting and warning systems
  • Rational use of water resources for irrigation, industrial, commercial and domestic uses
  • Water purification
  • Sustainable water management financing
  • Protection of water resources againts pollution
  • Partnership for water supply and waste water disposal services


  • Renewable energy
  • Low carbon technologies
  • Energy access
  • Mitigation of green house gas emissions
  • Energy efficiency

 Agriculture & Food Security

  • Sustainable land productivity maintenance
  • Water saving agriculture
  • Water productivity enhancement
  • Climate change adaptation and agricultural diversification
  • Plant protection
  • Weed, insect pest and disease management
  • Technology generation for urban and peri-urban agriculture

Economics, Business, & Management:

  • The study of businesses, NGOs, government and community organizations and their interrelationships
  • Social business, social enterprise, community enterprise
  • Good governance and transparency
  • Corporate social responsibilty
  • Business models for sustainability
  • Green supply chain management, green marketing, green accounting
  • Role of business in tackling global issues

Eligibility and Application Process
The award is open to those engaged in graduate education and research activities that emphasize sustainable development in any of the above four areas. Candidates are expected to be employed at institutions of higher education in the Asia-Pacific region (excluding USA and Canada), and should be less than 40 years old as of 1 July 2010.

Candidates may be put forth by nomination or direct application. Nominations and applications must be supported by two letters of recommendation. 


Evaluation Process 

All qualified applications will be evaluated by an international panel of three recognized experts in Sustainable Development in each of the four areas.


Evaluation Criteria

  • Number of citations and h-index
  • Number and quality of publications and patents
  • Documented social impact



Winners will receive a cash award and will be offered a fellowship from the International Bureau of the German Ministry of Education. These prestigious fellowship provide travel, supplies and living expenses to spend between six and twelve months collaborating with any researcher group of the recipient's choosing in Germany. Names and affiliations of winners will be widely publicized




Nominations and applications are open starting 23 December 2009 and will close at midnight GMT on 3 May 2010. Late submissions and incomplete applications will not be accepted.  As part of the judging process, the top three finalists in each category will be sponsored to present their work in a public symposium to be held the first week of July 2010 at Tongji University in Shanghai.  Winners will be announced at the symposium.   


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For more information on this award, please contact the ProSPER.Net-Scopus Awards Secretariat at: ysa@ias.unu.edu or Elsevier, Ms Linda Kwok at L.Kwok@elsevier.com





About ProSPER.Net

The network for the Promotion of Sustainability in Postgraduate Education and Research (ProSPER.Net) is a network of several leading higher education institutions in Asia and the Pacific that have committed to work together to integrate Sustainable Development into postgraduate courses and curricula. Member institutions involved have strong education and research programmes in sustainable development and related fields. http://www.ias.unu.edu/efsd/prospernet


About Tongji University

Tongji University is one of the leading universities directly under the Ministry of Education of China. It offers degree programs both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The university has Colleges of Sciences, Architecture and Urban Planning, Civil Engineering, Economics and Management, Environmental Science and Engineering, Material Science and Engineering, Traffic and Transportation Engineering, and Automotive Engineering etc. http://www.tongji.edu.cn/english/abouttongji/About.asp


About Scopus
Covering the world’s research literature, Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and quality Web sources with smart tools to track analyze and visualize research. Scopus was designed and developed with over 500 users and librarians internationally. Its unique database contains abstracts and references from nearly 18,000 titles from more than 5,000 international publishers, ensuring broad interdisciplinary coverage. In addition, Scopus not only offers users citation information about the articles covered, but also directly integrates Web and patent searches. Direct links to full-text articles, library resources and other applications like reference management software, make Scopus quicker, easier and more comprehensive to use than any other literature research tool. For more information about Scopus please visit www.info.scopus.com.

In October 2008, the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) announced it would use Scopus Custom Data for its research, analysis and benchmarking work due to its broad international coverage, clean flexible data and advanced features. Australian Research Council (ARC) selected Scopus to provide citation information for the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) initiative Cluster One evaluation. And of the top fifty universities, as ranked by Time Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings, 50% of them depend on Scopus and the percentage increases each year.

About Elsevier
Elsevier is a world-leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical information products and services. The company works in partnership with the global science and health communities to publish more than 2,000 journals, including The Lancet (www.thelancet.com) and Cell (www.cell.com), and close to 20,000 book titles, including major reference works from Mosby and Saunders. Elsevier’s online solutions include ScienceDirect (www.sciencedirect.com), Scopus (www.scopus.com), Reaxys (www.reaxys.com), MD Consult (www.mdconsult.com) and Nursing Consult (www.nursingconsult.com), which enhance the productivity of science and health professionals, and the SciVal suite (www.scival.com) and MEDai’s Pinpoint Review (www.medai.com), which help research and health care institutions deliver better outcomes more cost-effectively.

A global business headquartered in Amsterdam, Elsevier (www.elsevier.com) employs 7,000 people worldwide. The company is part of Reed Elsevier Group PLC (www.reedelsevier.com), a world-leading publisher and information provider, which is jointly owned by Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV. The ticker symbols are REN (Euronext Amsterdam), REL (London Stock Exchange), RUK and ENL (New York Stock Exchange).

About the International Bureau of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research
The International Bureau supports the Scopus and ProSPER.Net Young Scientist Award in Sustainable Development by providing a fellowship to the award winners. The fellowship consists of the financing of a research stay in a German institution. The aim is to give the awardees the opportunity to get an insight into the research system in Germany and to create contacts with institutions and organizations in Germany in their respective field of research.

The International Bureau has been commissioned by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) to strengthen the international ties of German universities, research institutes and enterprises with the ultimate goal of building competencies and fostering competitive advantages for industry and the research community in Germany in the areas of research and innovation. In doing so, the International Bureau is making an important contribution to cultivating an international dimension within the research programmes of the BMBF.