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


For 2012, awards will be given in each of three areas: 
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(1) Sustainable Infrastructure

  • Clean Energy
  • Sustainable Transport
  • Water
  • Urban Systems
  • ICT for Sustainable Infrastructure

(2) Sustainable Consumption and Production

  • Sustainable Lifestyles
  • Policy measures encouraging sustainable products
  • Pro-poor business models for resource productivity
  • Eco-Industrial Parks and Industrial Ecology
  • Entrepreneurship for sustainable development

(3) Health with a focus on Poverty Eradication

  • Communicable and non-communicable diseases, neglected diseases
  • Health systems, services, regulations
  • Water and Sanitation
  • Matenal and Child Health
  • ICT for Health



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 three areas. Candidates are expected to be employed at institutions of higher education in the Asia-Pacific region (excluding USA and Canada), and should have completed their PhD. degree between 1 May 2007 and 1 May 2012. 

Candidates may be put forth by nomination or direct application. Nominations and applications must be supported by two letters of recommendation. Please observe that researchers working at, or affilated with UNU-IAS and UNU-IIST are not eligible to apply.


Evaluation Process

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


Evaluation Criteria

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





Nominations and applications are open starting 1 March 2012 and will close at midnight GMT on 15 May 2012. 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 that is to be held on 11 July 2012 in Tokyo, Japan.
Winners will be announced at the symposium.


Cash Prize and Fellowship

Winners will receive a cash award of USD$1000 from ProSPER.Net-Scopus.

A fellowship will also be offered by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. See more information below. These prestigious fellowships provide travel, supplies and living expenses for the winners to spend between six and eighteen months collaborating with any research group of the recipient's choosing in Germany. Names and affiliations of winners will be widely publicized.


2011 Winners and their Stories


Arul Chib, from Singapore's Nanyang Technological University, won the Young Scientist Award in the category of Information and Communications Technology(ICT) for Sustainable Development. Making use of the rapidly growing cellular networks in developing countries, Chib used mobile phone technology to improve communication and medical information between, and amongst, health workers and local communities.

"It’s wonderful to receive the Young Scientist Award because it has become a lever that can be used to influence and inform policymakers and decision-makers. Getting the award brings with it a spotlight that allows me to establish networks in new areas. It’s about more than recognition; it’s about allowing me to move into and learn more about the pillars in which I wouldn’t necessarily consider myself an expert. "

Rajeev Bhat’s research on wild legumes won him the Young Scientist Award in the category of Science and Technology, with a Focus on Poverty Eradication. Concerned with global levels of malnutrition and poverty, Bhat has focused his research work on exploring the nutritional qualities of wild legumes/seeds, with an aim to improve their overall qualities to be an efficient alternative local food supply.

"I was really happy and felt honoured when my name was announced for this prestigious award. I felt satisfied that my work and efforts throughout all these years had been finally recognized internationally and by world renowned organizations."

Junguo Liu, a young professor at Beijing Forestry University, won the prize in the area of Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management for his research on sustainable use of freshwater and ecosystem services and management. Part of Liu’s work is assessing the use of green water (water stored in soil from precipitation) and blue water (water from rivers, lakes, reservoirs, ponds and shallow aquifers), which has led to increasing attention to green water management.

"This is an encouraging award. It gives me encouragement for my past work and will also give me more motivation in furthering my research in natural resources assessment and management. This award shows that the best policy relevant research can make an impact. I hope this will encourage more young scientists to work on natural resources protection."


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


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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. www.ias.unu.edu/efsd/prospernet



About SciVerse Scopus

Covering the world’s research literature, SciVerse 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. SciVerse 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.

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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 Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (www.humboldt-foundation.de) supports the ProSPER.Net-Scopus Young Scientist Award in Sustainable Development by providing a Humboldt Research Fellowship and additional benefits to the award winners. The Humboldt Research Fellowships allow them to come to Germany to work on a research project they have chosen themselves together with a host and collaborative partner in a German institution for a period of six to eighteen months. To ensure a maximum value of the research stay the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation will provide the awardees with assistance in finding an appropriate host institution. This should be facilitated by an optional travel to Germany beforehand to meet possible host institutions. The approval of a scientist in Germany to host the award winner is a precondition being awarded the Humboldt Research Fellowship for experienced researchers. Once a Humboldtian, always a Humboldtian. Even after research fellows initial stay in Germany has come to an end, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation maintain close links with them by providing a comprehensive alumni sponsorship programme.