The 27 sponsors of the Accelerating Science Award Program (ASAP) would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone who submitted a nomination for the award. The breadth of potential winners is truly inspiring as nominations were received from around the world, including individuals working in a host of different fields. Their work demonstrates the creative and varied approaches to reusing research published in Open Access, and their impact illustrates the importance of ensuring that research be ‘open’ to the fullest extent possible to advance science and economic growth.
All qualified nominations are now being reviewed and will soon be submitted to our panel of experts for final evaluation. Nominees chosen as finalists will be notified in August. Candidates with the most compelling examples of applying scientific research — published through Open Access — to make a difference in science, medicine, business, technology or society as a whole will be honored as follows:
- ASAP bestows three top awards of $30,000 each.
- A representative from each top award will receive a trip to Washington, DC in October 2013, where s/he will be honored at an Open Access Week kickoff event hosted by SPARC and the World Bank.
- Honorable mention recipients will also be recognized on the ASAP website and in a portfolio book distributed online and in print around the world.
The winners of the three top awards will be announced on October 21 at 3pm EST through a live webcast of the OA Week Kickoff event.
Again, thank you for helping generate an enthusiastic response in support of ASAP. We are grateful to the many individuals and organizations for supporting the program and helping spread the word. The availability of Open Access research is a tremendous benefit to society. It enables all of us to have access to information that can make a difference in science, medicine, business, technology, or society as a whole. For more information on the ASAP program, please visit asap.staging.plos.org