HK Prize is one of Asia’s premier scientific research awards, honoring studies with global reach. It attracts thousands of applicants each year. Winners reap monetary benefits and gain access to Hong Kong’s premier research facilities. They can also use the prize money for funding their next project. They can even become part of the prestigious HK Prize Laureate Forum and benefit from international exposure and top-tier media coverage. Notable finalists have even put their lives on the line for their work, such as founding organizations providing shelter to homeless adults or creating liquid biopsy processes.
The HK Prize logo is designed by architect Yves Belanger, featuring two precious items – a pearl and jade amulet with holes pierced through them – to symbolize its balance between science and art. This theme is reflected in the design of the trophy conferred to winners, which represents Hong Kong’s role as a bridge between Eastern and Western cultures. The prize is given in a variety of categories and consists of a cash award, a certificate, an internship at a leading research institution in Hong Kong, and public recognition. The winning entrants will be invited to a ceremony to receive their prizes in October of each year.
The HK Prize is an international scholarship program that recognizes high school students for their academic accomplishments and extracurricular involvement while encouraging them to pursue their passions while broadening their global perspectives. It is sponsored by the Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited and is a non-governmental merit-based award. Only five individuals or teams can win the prize in each of the six fields each year. The judging panel performs independent judgments and evaluations on the candidates’ scientific or technological innovation achievements and their transformation into real social or economic value.