This year’s prize seeks to recognize female scientists from the ASEAN region who are achieving excellence in the field of precision agriculture. The prize partners are looking for applicants who are working to expand opportunities for agricultural improvement across Southeast Asia. Applicants should be 40 years of age or younger, have a doctorate degree, and be a resident of an ASEAN member state.

Top candidates will compete in a head-to-head pitch competition at an ASEAN Ministerial event hosted in the Philippines this October. The winner will receive USD20,000 and an honorable mention will receive USD5,000.

Applications will be accepted from now until May 6th at

“With the recent advances in technology, precision agriculture is transforming farming. We are looking to recognize these talented women who found innovative ways to use technology to help farmers for the benefit of all residents of ASEAN region,” said Ms Cheong Lee Sing, Head of Science and Technology Division, ASEAN Secretariat.

The prize is one of the many US initiatives in support of ASEAN and its 10 member states. The US partners with ASEAN to support economic integration, expand maritime cooperation, cultivate emerging leaders, promote opportunity for women, and address transnational challenges./.